by: Alton Patrick
Coriander and Cumin powder since ages have gone together like inseparables and they compliment each other in cuisines made all over the world be it Mexican, Indian, Cuban, Lebanese, Turkish and others. Readymade Coriander Cumin powder is also available in almost every grocery store, although making it at home is also very easy.
To make homemade Coriander CuminPowder just follow these steps. Take Coriander and Cumin seeds and dry roast them one by one. When these are completely roasted let them cool down and mix them in the ratio of 1:2 i.e. one part of Cumin seeds with 2 parts of Coriander seeds. Grind them to form a powder. Since it is very easy to make Coriander Cuminpowder at home it is advisable to make this powder just before cooking as Coriander after grounding looses its freshness and aroma very quickly. Store roasted Coriander and Cumin seeds in an airtight container and ground them as and when needed for excellent taste and aroma.
There are uncountable culinary uses of Coriander Cuminpowder. These are used in vegan and non-vegan dishes alike and also in various types of junk foods and sauces. These two are used in Garam Masala, famous Indian spicy powder which is used in cooking to render the dish hot and spicy taste.
These two together are also used in Chicken and Lamb dishes, the Coriander and Cuminpowder is excellent for seasoning gravy, this powder improves taste of other spices and adds unique fragrance to the cuisine.
Savory and spicy dishes called Chat in India necessarily contain Coriander Cumin powder, be it Pani Puri, Aloo Tikki, Dahi Bhalla, Papri Chat, Bhelpuri etc, this powder is present in one or the other form to provide exotic taste.
In daily cooking too Coriander Cumin powder is used for seasoning Lentils, Vegetables and improving taste of Curd, Raita, Yoghurt etc.
One can use them while making soups and as Salad dressing, even in fruit salad this powder tastes very good. Coriander Cumin powder is also used in Pulaav, Biryani, fried Rice, Pakora and all forms of stuffed Paranthas, this not only improves taste and aroma but also give unique color to the dishes.
Pickles are not possible without Coriander Cumin powder, in all type of pickles this powder is used to prepare mixture which renders a pickle its actual spicy and tangy taste. This powder is also a necessary ingredient for making delectable sauces, chutneys and other type of relishes.
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