Which coriander recipes are most popular and how easy is growing coriander in your home or in your garden?
Growing coriander, a fantastic herb (also a spice) at home, for use in the almost limitless coriander recipes, is expanding dramatically.
Coriander leaves are the herb and the coriander seeds are the spice. The fresh leaves can be used in salads, soups, even yoghurt, whereas the seeds are often crushed to powder to flavour savoury dishes.
Coriander seeds are often recommended for use in a tea preparation and are felt to relieve kidney problems, mouth ulcers and control cholesterol levels.
I grew up with 'Carrot and Coriander' soups and my Grandmother used crushed seeds in cakes and to add the distinctive orangey flavour to a range of stews.
Try this coriander recipe, it's one I really enjoy: -
- A large diced onion
- Clove of garlic finely chopped
- 3 large or 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
- 1 litre of vegetable stock or preferably vegetable Bouillon
- Large handful of fresh coriander, washed and chopped
- Salt and Pepper
- Fry the onions and cover to sweat.
- When soft add the garlic and cover again for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the carrots and potatoes along with the stock, cover and bring to the boil.
- Add the coriander and season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer for about half an hour or more until the carrots and potatoes are soft.
- Use a hand blender or conventional one to blend into a thick soup.
Eat with fresh bread and butter. Will serve 4 people.
You will find there are many coriander recipes.
Whether you want to use coriander leaves or coriander seeds to flavour soups, salads or curries, it can be grown in a warm, sunny position outside in well drained soil or even in a pot by a window in your home.
If inside the house keep it away from draughts and in a sunny spot. I grow it in my conservatory, but am careful it doesn’t get too dry in the early stages of growth.
A useful by-product of growing coriander in your vegetable garden is that the pungent smell will deter aphids and other garden pests, plus it’s easily grown from seed and will self germinate.
You really won’t have to put in much work once a coriander patch is established it will look after itself, just ensure you keep the weeds down around the plants.
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