Did You Know Fresh Coriander Tastes Better With Various Dishes?
Appetizers taste a hundred times more delicious when garnished. A lot of ingredients like sesame seeds, basil leaves, and olives are used for garnishing. Then, fresh coriander leaves are added on almost all the dishes to add freshness and taste. Fresh Coriander is a versatile herb. Dishes that taste better with a fresh cilantro touch are Mexcian, Asian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, etc. Listing some of the popular dish names:
A world-famous Chinese dish. Manchurian balls are golden fried then soaked in a spicy, tangy sauce, garnished with cilantro and sesame seeds. Cauliflower Manchurian, Crispy Veg are all Indian-Chinese versions that taste savory with coriander.
2. Lemon Coriander Soup:
A winter treat rich in Vitamin C!! The main ingredients of the soup are lemon, cabbage, and coriander leaves. After the soup is made, lemon slices and coriander leaves are added from the top as well.
3. Bhel Puri:
A street style snack that is impossible for any Indian to resist. It’s the perfect munch-on snack when hunger strikes. Puff rice, tomatoes, capsicum, onions are added with lemon juice and further dressed with coriander leaves.
Super easy and tasty to make recipes. Quesadillas are tortillas filled with cheese, vegetables, meat or any other filling griddled or cooked in butter and served with crushed coriander leaves.
5. Thai Green Chicken Curry:
Thai green chicken curry made with the goodness of coconut milk, juicy chicken nuggets, green beans, potatoes is served with brown rice. It is served hot with coriander leaves.
Coriander leaves are used to garnish a lot of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. It is a widely used herb in Indian kitchens.
If you are born with green fingers, then you will be interested in cilantro growing at home.
The botanical name of Cilantro is Coriandrum Sativum. These are aromatic and flavourful leaves. The Coriander leaves are also dried and used in powder form. Apart from the leaves, seeds and roots of the coriander plant are edible. Coriander is widely consumed for its nutritional value. It is a source of antioxidants, nutrients and essential oil. It is a traditional remedy for type 2 diabetes. Coriander is a rich herb of Vitamin K and dietary fiber.
Difference Between Cilantro and Coriander
In most parts of North America, the stalks and leaves of the Coriandrum Sativum are known as cilantro, and dried seeds are known as coriander. In different parts of the world, plants are known as coriander & seeds as coriander seeds.
How To Grow Cilantro in Home?
Cilantro is best grown directly by seeds. Directly sowing seeds is ideal because the plant flourishes quickly. Another reason being, the plant first develops taproot and doesn’t like being transplanted. Seeds germinate in 7-`10 days.
Method of Sowing Seeds
● Firstly, prepare the soil by adding organic matter or compost and working it to at least depths of 18 inches.
● Sow seeds ¼ inch deep into the soil in late spring or early summer
● Sow seeds in a row about 6-8 inches apart spaced 1 foot apart.
● Provide plenty of moisture and feed with a water-soluble fertilizer when they reach about 2 inches in height
● Cilantro prefers full sun or partial shade
● Use well-drained, moist soil
● Cool but sunny conditions are ideal
● Pinch younger cilantro plant an inch to encourage fuller and bushy growth
Insects and Diseases Affecting Cilantro
● Excess moisture and poor circulation leads to plant problems
● Prevent the problem by potting it in drained soil, not overwatering, and are thinned out to allow good circulation.
Along with other air purifying indoor plants, plant coriander leaves for tasty and nutritious dishes.