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Old 04.02.2011, 14:43
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Coriander Seeds...I think they're for pickling not Indian/Thai

I prefer grinding my own spices and stocked up on spices in a Geneva Coop. I was surprised to discover the ones I bought were not round but pointy/American football shape. I continued making a Thai green curry paste and there was a slightly sweeter/unexpected taste, though not unpleasant.

I assume the variety I bought are for pickling?
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Ground coriander seeds are delicious when sprinkled on potatoes, drizzled with chili oil prior to roasting.
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Re: Coriander Seeds...I think they're for pickling not Indian/Thai

I've never seen that type. I've only every seen the round ones. Strange. Does the label say what type they are or give any hint they are "exotic" or new or special?
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I've never seen that type. I've only every seen the round ones. Strange. Does the label say what type they are or give any hint they are "exotic" or new or special?
I know, me too! I spilled them into my dry frying pan and thought *eh*? The label says: Coriandre/Koriander, with nothing to suggest they are sweet coriander or pickling spice etc. They are Coop's own brand. I made a carrot and coriander soup out of them for lunch and they are definitely sweeter and less pungent and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. I preferred them in the soup.
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I assume the variety I bought are for pickling?
The spherical seeds are normally used for cooking, the prolate spheroids have a higher oil content and are typically used for extracting "essential oil" (for aromatherapy n guff like that...

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I know, me too! I spilled them into my dry frying pan and thought *eh*? The label says: Coriandre/Koriander, with nothing to suggest they are sweet coriander or pickling spice etc. They are Coop's own brand. I made a carrot and coriander soup out of them for lunch and they are definitely sweeter and less pungent and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. I preferred them in the soup.
That's interesting. I'll keep my eyes open.

Anyway, I make my carrot & coriander soup with the coriander leaf and not the seed. Might have to try your way. I love coriander leaf but don't often use the seeds.

We need to go to the what you cook thread!
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Anyway, I make my carrot & coriander soup with the coriander leaf and not the seed. Might have to try your way. I love coriander leaf but don't often use the seeds.
I've only ever used the seeds in soup, presumably in cheffy world it's always about colour and flavour. I spent time in the middle east using just the seed for 'the dish' and the leaves 'just for garnish'. If you try it, toast the seeds in a dry frying pan moving them around until they are fragrant and bash them in a pestle & mortar.
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I've only ever used the seeds in soup, presumably in cheffy world it's always about colour and flavour. I spent time in the middle east using just the seed for 'the dish' and the leaves 'just for garnish'. If you try it, toast the seeds in a dry frying pan moving them around until they are fragrant and bash them in a pestle & mortar.
Certainly not only cheffy world. (Took me a while to figure out what that word was, lol). In the Americas and also in Spain & Portugal, the green bits (cilantro) are used and not so much the seeds.

I'll make the seed version & you make the leaf version & we'll can compare notes! Bon appetite!

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I'll make the seed version & you make the leaf version & we'll can compare notes! Bon appetite!
Agreed!!!!
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