Coriander, commonly known as Dhania in India. It is a soft plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The mature plant bears small light pink color flowers that subsequently turn into globular or oval-shaped fruits (seeds). Coriander seeds are aromatic and spicy. Its seeds have found utility since ancient times in cooking as well as in various traditional medicines. Dried coriander seeds are most traditionally used in cooking. Coriander seed is a spice in garam masala and Indian curries which often employ the ground fruits in generous amounts together with cumin, acting as a thickener in a mixture called dhania jeera. They are the main ingredient of the two south Indian dishes sambhar and rasam.
- Coriander seeds helps to control blood sugar, cholesterol and free radical production.
- Coriander is one of the best remedies for conjunctivitis (pink eye), also prevents other eye diseases and problems.
- If you are suffering from diabetes and cholesterol issues, you should drink coriander water daily.
Coriander grows wild over a wide area of Western Asia and southern Europe.