I have grown to really like it as long as I don't use to much! This summer when my cilantro was growing wildly out in the garden I do remember making one rice dish with a bit to much cilantro! However it adds a wonderful flavor to Indian Curries. We really, really enjoyed the last Chicken Curry I made with a nice touch of Cilantro.
If you would like to make Chicken Curry I will share with you the "recipe" that I wrote down while Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (Some friends from India) were teaching us how to make it. I put recipe in quotation marks because I don't have exact measurements mostly just estimates. I don't personally mind that however as I have trouble following a recipe exactly anyway.
Saute in oil:
- a few mustard seeds
- Lots of curry powder
- Lots of sliced garlic
- Lots of sliced ginger (I told you the amounts weren't very scientific!!)
- Some chopped tomatoes (4 or 5 or more) When I don't have fresh tomatoes I use canned ones.
- Lots of chopped onion.
- A couple of stems of chopped cilantro leaves (or if you don't have fresh you can put in the coriander seeds.)
- 2 T. Garam Masala
- 1t. black pepper
- 2 1/2 t. salt
Serve over rice and enjoy!
So what is Cilantro/Coriander good for as far as Healing goes? (Remember however I am not a medical authority, I am simply sharing what I have tried or read concerning this herb)
- It is antiviral.
- The seed aids digestion.
- It reduces flactuance (seed).
- It eases Migraine headaches. (seed)
- Sprinkle some Coriander on cuts and scrapes after washing to prevent infection.
- It may relieve Arthritis with anti-inflammatory action.
- Weak coriander infusions may be given cautiously to children under age 2 for colic.
It grows quite easily from seeds sown 1/2 inch deep in early Spring. Germination can take up to 3 weeks. It grows best in moist, well drained, moderately rich soil under full sun, but it tolerates some shade.
What do you like Cilantro/Coriander for?
This post is linked to the Home Remedies Carnival at Keeper of the Home.