We love our colorful spice box and use the spices within, with great relish to flavor the delicious dishes. The aroma of Indian cooking has spread all over the world, and Indian spices are available everywhere.
Jeera or Cumin Seeds, Rai or Mustard Seeds, Methi or Fenugreek Seeds, – Kali Mirch or Paprika, Haldi or Turmeric and Coriander powder are some of the masalas found in the Indian spice box. Apart from these, there are several aromatic spices which make up what is known as Garam Masala. This must have combination of masalas are known to generate heat in the body. The spices in the Garam Masala include Cloves, Peppercorns, Bay Leaves, Cinnamon sticks, Mace, etc. Did you know that the usage of these spices not only makes the food tasty and fragrant but they are great for digestion along with providing many other health benefits. Most of the Indian condiments are mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic texts and provide relief from several diseases.
Coriander, an integral part of the Indian spice box and is used extensively in Indian cooking. This herbaceous plant is cultivated not only for its aromatic leaves and stems but also for the small seeds it bears. Coriander Seeds are also known as cilantro, are small globular hollow seeds containing some essential volatile oils. They are light green and may brown as they age. Crushed coriander seeds make the coriander spice which provides the basic taste to the Indian cooking.
Coriander seeds have a unique flavor and aroma from the presence of many essential oils and fatty acids like Omega 6, Linalool, Petroselinic Acid, etc. The seeds are full of dietary fiber and flavonoid antioxidants. They have ample amounts of Vitamin B, and C. Coriander seeds also have potassium and sodium electrolytes and minerals like Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, and Phosphorus.
Thus coriander seeds are nature’s powerhouse full of compounds which promote good health and prevent disease.
Healthy all the way
Coriander seeds and coriander spice are common in not only Indian cuisines but are also a part of middle-eastern spice mixes. Coriander seeds help prevent several diseases and have a host of health benefits too. Read on and find out why you should use coriander spice and feel happy doing so.
The presence of active oils, fatty acids, and dietary fiber make it an excellent digestive aid. It readily eases irritable bowel syndrome and also has anti-flatulent properties.
Regular consumption of coriander seeds reduces LDL or bad cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol leading to good arterial health. It also controls blood pressure.
Coriander seeds contain essential oils which control blood sugar thus helping people with diabetes.
With the presence of minerals, coriander seeds aid in forming new blood cells and in cell metabolism.
Coriander seeds have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties thus protecting against food poisoning and colon cancer.
The antibacterial properties of Coriander seeds help to relieve symptoms of urinary tract infections leading to faster healing.
Coriander powder is regularly used in Ayurvedic system to regulate the endocrine gland function and maintain hormonal balance to ensure regular menstrual cycle, and reduce pain and cramps.
Regular consumption of coriander seeds helps in reducing neuron degeneration and helps to keeps Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at bay.
Coriander spice is an innate part of Indian cooking, and regular consumption gives you immense benefit. What is important is the use of pesticide free, organically grown coriander seeds from a trusted source. Use pale green coriander powder as a spice in your cooking and reap the benefits of a tasty and healthy meal.