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Old 03-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Differentiate & uses for Coriander/Cumin

I just acquired a package from an Indian grocery. It smells so good. Can someone tell me any difference (why 2 names)? Also, how is this used?

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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If your package says, Coriander/Cumin, it's a blend of two different spices.
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Did you get leaves or seeds? Coriander is a plant. The seeds are usually called coriander and are a lovely spice. The leaves are usually often called cilantro. Other people call them coriander leaves or greens and they are also known as Chinese parsley.
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You probably got it already ground. If not, the round seeds are coriander, the little seeds, cumin. I like to grind mine in a coffee grinder. Great stuff in Mexican and many other ethnic dishes. Nice in chili.
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if its two different seeds and not yet ground - toast it before you grind it! IMO it makes it much better
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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if its two different seeds and not yet ground - toast it before you grind it! IMO it makes it much better
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:48 PM   #7
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It's called Dhana Jeera and is a blend of the two ground spices. It's commonly used to flavor Indian vegetarian dishes, like daal (lentils), cauliflower, potatoes, and green beans. You can also add a little to basmati rice to make a nice side dish.
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If your package says, Coriander/Cumin, it's a blend of two different spices.
Yes, the blend is what I have.
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Did you get leaves or seeds? Coriander is a plant. The seeds are usually called coriander and are a lovely spice. The leaves are usually often called cilantro. Other people call them coriander leaves or greens and they are also known as Chinese parsley.
Aha! I LUUUUUUUVVVV cilantro. That explains my immediate attraction to this.
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You probably got it already ground. If not, the round seeds are coriander, the little seeds, cumin. I like to grind mine in a coffee grinder. Great stuff in Mexican and many other ethnic dishes. Nice in chili.
Yes, it's a ground blend. Good in Mexican huh? That's another plus. I make something Mexican a couple times a week. Thanks.
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