Coriander and Cilantro - Are they Different?

Coriander and Cilantro - Are they Different?

Are Coriander and Cilantro the same

If you are having this question, "Are Coriander and Cilantro the same?" there are high chances that you have recently moved to either America or Europe and looking for coriander leaves but you see some leafy green lying around which seems as a cousin of coriander. But your brain still questions is this coriander but your eyes are convinced it is.

Is Coriander and Cilantro are different?

No, they are NOT different, they are the same. Just a short straight answer.Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander leaf. It is also sometimes called Chinese or Mexican parsley. Technically, coriander refers to the entire plant.Its also called as dhania in hindi. Coriander leaf is tender, aromatic and very green. If there is no aroma it will be less flavourful. 

In India
The leaves and stalks of the plant are called as "Coriander" while the seeds are called as Coriander Seeds. The Word Cilantro does not exist. The leaves are called as Cilantro in USA but the seeds are called as "Coriander" In India its the UK way. But "Dhania" is also widely used. Dhania is Hindi

Flavors and Forms of Coriander

These green genies (Coriander plant) exist as leaves, seeds and when seeds are grounded it is coriander powder. Each forms of coriander is unique. Coriander leaves are as flavor full as citrus and curry, but light and sweet. The coriander seeds are crunchy. When ground, the seeds roasted, nutty aromas come. The seeds are used in curries, curry powder, pickles, sausages, soups & stews. It is often paired with cumin and cinnamon. The essential seed oil is used in various herbal remedies and dietary supplements, and to flavor gin, vermouth, liqueurs, tobacco and perfumery.

Say "Hello" to this magical green leaves, it comes with loads of health benefits and above all it creates wonder in turning a simple dish into a flavourful, aromatic dish.

Coriander or Cilantro the taste remains same. Need some great ideas for incorporating this delicious herb into your cooking? Check out the recipes of this versatile herb.

Recipes involving Coriander