i hope everyone had a good and festive weekend. after all the sweet posts, i am going to write about something simple… that we all can make at home. as simple as making home made coriander powder.
i have a fetish for making all things from scratch and that includes home made masalas too. i recently got a request from a reader to post punjabi garam masala.
i make all the spice powders that are largely used in indian cooking like cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder at home. home made spice powders have a longer shelf life and also remain fresh. there is no additive or preservative added and they really bring out the flavors & aroma in the food.
when i was a kid, my mom would tell me that readymade coriander powder is adulterated with horse-dung. and this was so many years ago… just imagine now what it would be. as a result my mother would make all the indian spice powders at home from scratch.
i guess i have picked up this habit from her, to make everything from scratch… natural and homemade… like this coriander powder… made from freshly roasted coriander seeds.
i looked up online for adulteration in coriander powder and was shocked to read that they add saw dust, horse dung and even cow dung. it is not only coriander powder that is adulterated, but also red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala etc.
so did not your great grandmother and grandmother tell you that you better make your own spice blends, spreads, sauces, jams than buy them readymade?????
before you make any spice powder or a spice blend always buy good quality spices. for making the coriander powder, buy good quality and fresh coriander seeds. i don’t know about other countries, but in india one can actually whiff the spices before buying. so you take a handful of coriander seeds in your hands and sniff sniff…. if they do give a fresh coriandery aroma… then they are good.
store the coriander powder in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. it stays fresh for about 6 months. i have been using the one i made in october last year till now. it is just one the verge of getting over any time. so i had to make a fresh batch. steps outlined below.
there are 2 ways to make the coriander powder at home:
1: either keep the whole coriander in the sun for 1 or 2 days OR
2: roast the coriander in a pan till they light brown and crisp
3: for the ones kept in sunlight, you don’t need to cool them. but for the roasted ones, you have to cool them completely before grinding them. in a dry grinder or coffee grinder, grind the coriander to a smooth powder.
4: store the freshly homemade aromatic ground coriander in an air-tight jar.
thats it…. you have your own, natural and flavorful coriander powder at home ready to be used in your indian cooking.