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How to Use Coriander Root?

Updated on September 15, 2015

Use of Coriander (Cilantro) Root in South India

Habitually in our home we use coriander leaves for cooking. We usually throw the thick stem and the root of the coriander after plucking the tender leaves on them. I was not aware that coriander root can be used in cooking and how to use coriander root. Possibility of using coriander root in cooking was revealed to me when I was watching the television show, Master Chef Australia, 2011. There was this contestant, Mr. Kumar who used it in one of the preparations and explained about its use.

Coriander Root Pounded and ready to be added

Coriander Roots-before Cleaning

Coriander roots covered with mud
Coriander roots covered with mud

My worries about the Dirt on Coriander Roots

The coriander root we get in India in vegetable shops will be covered with mud.

Being in health care, I was worried and thinking about the numerous kinds of infections and infestations we can have if the roots are not properly cleaned.

I was more worried about my children getting those infections.

Masoori daal (raw)
Masoori daal (raw)

My first attempt at using Coriander Root

Honestly speaking, I was not very much convinced with the use of coriander roots. I thought of giving it a try with masoori daal. Masoori daal is a very common preparation in our house. It is said to be of very high nutritional values and easily digestible.

Well-cooked daal mixed with rice is often given to infants as an introduction to solid food. In masoori daal coriander leaves are usually used to give good flavour.

Coriander Roots after Cleaning

Roots after separating from leaves and cleaning thoroughly
Roots after separating from leaves and cleaning thoroughly

Cleaning of the Coriander Roots

Coriander roots are cut from the stalk keeping bottom one centimetre of stalk.

It was washed thoroughly and soaked in water for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes to clean any dirt or mud sticking on to the root or stalk. Washed thoroughly again.

The root and the stalk looked bright coloured and cleaner.

How to Prepare Masoori Daal with Coriander Root

My grandmother used to say when we cook daal at home; we can measure the daal approximately one fistful for each person. If there are five people for lunch, four or five fistfuls of daal will suffice.

So I have taken three fistful daal for four of us

Two dry red chillies

Medium size onion cut into small pieces

A pinch of turmeric powder

Two green chillies (split longitudinally)

Two coriander roots

Two tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

Daal served with puri
Daal served with puri

Daal is cooked thoroughly in a pressure cooker by adding salt, green chillies and a pinch of turmeric powder. It is churned thoroughly using a wooden mixer.

Coriander roots’ flavour is very intense. So I took only two roots. It is pound in the mortar and pestle. The smell of coriander roots as I pound away was very intense and intoxicating.

Daal is seasoned in a kadai (open vessel). After heating the oil dry red chillies are fried first. When their colour turned dark, chopped onions are added. When its colour tuned slightly dark, cooked daal is added. Pound coriander roots are added at the end and allowed boiling for some more time.

It can be served with rice or puri and chapattis. I am convinced that Masoori daal made by adding fresh pound coriander roots definitely makes a difference. The daal tasted heavenly and I want to try out more of corinader root recipes

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    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Natashalh

      Thanks for the visit

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Anamika S

      I am glad that you liked this hub

      Hope you will enjoy the preparation.....

      Thanks for the visit and comment

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Rajan jolly

      This was new to me as well. In fact, the contestant Kumar used the coriander roots for some other dish which I don't remember now.

      I tried it in masoori daal and it had a very intense flavor.

      Thanks for the visit and comment

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      I loved watching that season's show, though I am not very regular now a days

      Thanks for the visit and comment

    • Natashalh profile image


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting. I'd never heard of using the coriander root. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting! Never done this so far. Will ask my cook to do this next time she makes daal. Awesome hub, voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thumbi, using coriander roots is something I never heard or even thought of. It seems an interesting to find out how the flavor works out when these pounded roots are added to daal.

      Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this hub.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging recipe hub! I have not heard about corinder root used in food before till now thanks to you! I also watch Masterchef Australia and remembered the participant Kumar. Your dal with corinder roots sounds healthy and tasty and I would like to try this dish soon. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi mvaivata,

      Coriander leaves and coriander root have lovely smell.

      My children enjoy the dishes with coriander leaves and root.

      Thanks for the visit:)

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      6 years ago

      I absolutely love daal recipes, but I have not used coriander in many dishes. I will be trying this out, and I will certainly be sharing this hub! Thank you for putting this together!

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks Sushmitha, I am glad that you enjoyed the hub. Yes. These photographs were taken while preparing the daal. Thank you very much for the visit and comment. Please do come again.

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      It seems we have this trait in common - I too try to look for reusing the things we throw away and turn up with nice bhajis of potato chilka etc. :) I had tried to use the coriander root but was not too successful. I will try your recipe. I must say this hub is done very well, I guess the photographs too must be yours. The daal looks yummy. :)

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you, Om Parampoonya. Thanks for the visit and comment.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Great hub. In Thailand, we cook with coriander roots a lot, too. I haven't been able to find them here in California, though. Bummer.

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you Deborah. Your visit and comment greatly appreciated-:)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have never used coriander roots.. I think I have seen the spice coriander seeds... thank you for this hub.. I love the recipe.. I voted up and useful...

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you, Ruchi. Try it. You will like it....

    • Ruchi Urvashi profile image

      Ruchi Urvashi 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Great..something new..yes, I also used to throw the coriander roots. Now, I need to try sounds interesting.

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you Shampa. This was new knowledge for me as well. My family enjoy the taste. So I am more than happy.

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      Shampa Sadhya 

      6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello thumbi7,

      Voted up and useful. The recipe is quite astonishing. I will also try it in near future. I never new that coriander roots are also eatable. Thanks for such an informative hub. Taste may vary from man to man but the fact of its use is quite a knowledge.


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