co·​ri·​an·​der | \ˈkȯr-ē-ˌan-dər, ˌkȯr-ē-ˈan-\

Definition of coriander 

1 : an Old World annual herb (Coriandrum sativum) of the carrot family with aromatic fruits

2 : the ripened dried fruit of coriander used as a flavoring

called also coriander seed

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Total Time: 1½ hours Serves: 6-8 Make nacho spice: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ground coriander, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast and 2 teaspoons ground. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 Add split peas, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Spiced Dal with Fluffy Rice and Salted Yogurt," 19 Mar. 2018 Lower heat to medium and stir in turmeric powder, chile powder, coriander, cumin, garam masala, black pepper and salt. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018 Crushing coriander in a mortar using a pestle releases the flavor and provides the ideal texture. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric," 30 Jan. 2018 Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, some black pepper, the cumin, coriander, cayenne and cilantro. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Yes, Indian cooking uses a lot of spices. Yes, it’s worth it | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 2018 Rub lamb steak with 1 tablespoon oil, then season with oregano, coriander, salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Lamb Souvlaki with Cucumber Mint Salad," 3 Jan. 2018 This revealed phytanic acid (frequently found in the fat and milk of ruminants), azelaic acid (common in wholegrain cereals) and gamma-terpinene (typically found in herbs like coriander). The Economist, "A mummy’s final meal adds to an ancient mystery," 12 July 2018 In August, along came Rose Foods, a midcentury Jewish deli, where the smoked salmon gets cured with coriander, paprika, black pepper, and brown sugar. Alexandra Hall,, "At the heart of Woodfords Corner’s revival is this: ‘You don’t get very many opportunities in life to do what you really believe in’," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of coriander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coriander

Middle English coriandre, from Anglo-French, from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriandron, koriannon

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English Language Learners Definition of coriander

: a plant whose leaves and seeds are used in cooking

: the dried seed of the coriander plant used as a flavoring


co·​ri·​an·​der | \ˈkōr-ē-ˌan-dər, ˌkōr-ē-ˈ, ˈkȯr-, ˌkȯr- \

Medical Definition of coriander 

1 : an Old World herb (Coriandrum sativum) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) with aromatic fruits

2 : the ripened dried fruit of coriander used as a flavoring

called also coriander seed

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