Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cilantro or Fresh Coriander - Hariyo Dhania ko Paat, Dhaniyan ko saag (धनियाँको साग)

Cilantro or Fresh Coriander  - Hariyo Dhania ko Paat, Dhaniyan ko saag (धनियाँको साग)
Also called fresh coriander or Chinese parsley,  cilantro is the fresh leaves and stems of the coriander plant.  The seeds and leaves have completely different flavors and aromas and cannot be substituted for one another.  Fresh cilantro has  distinct and sharp flavor, whereas the seeds are much milder. 

Freshly picked cilantro is sold neatly tied in bunches with stems and roots in Nepali markets.

A small amount of chopped fresh cilantro is sprinkled on nearly every Nepali dish as a garnish and to add extra flavor.

Fresh cilantro leaves, stems and roots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week in a container lined with a paper towel.

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