Cilantro Powder - Usage & Health Benefits
Who isn’t familiar with Cilantro Powder – a popular condiment with immense health benefits! Cilantro is an annual herb, commonly known as coriander in other parts of the world. The globular seeds of the herb are dried, roasted and ground to derive the flavor enhanced powder. The spice has a complex aromatic scent that is nutty, fruity, and soothingly warm but the aroma and flavor is lost quickly if not stored properly. The next section would elucidate the uses and benefits of cilantro powder.
Uses of Cilantro Powder
Cilantro powder is often used as a thickening and emulsifying agent. The spice is extensively used to flavor many different cuisines namely Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mediterranean, Central Asian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, African, Texan, and Scandinavian cuisine. It is commonly used to augment the taste and aroma of a variety of foods like omelets, baked products, potatoes, cheese, sausage, curries, gravies, stews, soups, seafood, meats, pickles, chutneys, curry, and spice powders like ‘garam masala’.
Cilantro powder is a powerhouse of nutrients, rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins (vitamin C, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin), minerals (calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, and potassium), fatty acids, amino acids and more. The herb is used a stimulant, tonic, carminative, anti-carcinogenic, anti-convulsant, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, anti-histaminic , hypnotic, and aphorodisiac. These medicinal properties explain its wide spread use as a herbal and dietary supplement.
- Used to flavor gin, vermouth, and liqueurs
- Used to flavor tobacco products
- Fragrant extracts of the powder are used in the cosmetic and perfume industry
Health Benefits of Cilantro Powder
Cilantro powder is abundant with phytonutrients volatile oils (Cinnole and Linoleic acid), phenolic compounds, and flavonoids like quercitin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin. Thus, the spice powder has miraculous health benefits
- Prevents stomach ailments like flatulence, colic, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, etc.
- Promotes gastric secretions and appetite
- Acts as an anti inflammatory agent
- Anti diabetic agent – lowers blood sugar
- Protects the heart – lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL)
- Accelerates the excretion of toxins and metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum
- Possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties
- Improves urinary infections and is a natural diuretic
- Excellent antiseptic - cures wounds and ulcers
- Stimulates proper secretion from the endocrine glands – regulates menstrual cycle
- Protects the eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis
A kitchen without Cilantro is incomplete, however in situations when you are totally out of fresh cilantro or powder use Cilantro Substitutes instead.
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