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Mamta, on 17/8/2013 04:20pm

Hello guest

Yes indeed, ground coriander seeds are a big part of most north Indian curries. You can make a curry without it, there will be of course one flavour missing. I do sometimes omit it in bhajie's (by bhaji, I mean 'a vegetable dish without a gravy or sauce) and they are quite nice. There is only one way to find out. Next time, make one without ground coriander seeds!

If you add green coriander leaves at the end, they give a nice flavour, although it is quite different from seeds.

Is there a special reason that you want to omit it?

Askcy, on 18/8/2013 09:31am

Can I be nosey and ask why you want to leave them out ? Taste ? allergic ? can't find any near you ?

My mate doesn't like the taste of fresh coriander, but he's eaten enough of my curries loaded with it... :-)


Mamta, on 18/8/2013 11:45am

Interesting Steve! My husband also dislikes fresh coriander, but if you chop it finely/disguise it, he doesn't know. However, a friend of ours actually can not eat fresh leaves, had aversion to it. It smells 'yuk' to him. Now he is Chinese and his dishes should have it, but he just can not tolerate it. I keep off it as well, when he is coming to dinner.

Mamta, on 18/8/2013 05:07pm

If you can't eat, then you have to try making it without coriander. Try adding a little ground cumin (not too much, it is quite strong). Keep the rest of the recipe exactly the same and see. I am sure it will be quite reasonable.

Is there any specific recipe that you are looking for?

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jay, on 19/8/2013 01:22am

i like reasonably hot curry but nothing over the top. as a rule if i am eating out i always order the madras. the spices i use in other food are brown cardamom, cassia leaves, cassia bark, cumin, star aniseed, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, allspice and annatto. i favour cassia over the supermarket cinnamon and think it tastes much better. all of the above mentioned spices are sometimes used together in other dishes, with the exception of turmeric which i dont use as often. i also have fresh curry leaves.

Mamta, on 19/8/2013 06:59am

Hello Jay

Any curry can be made hot, addition of more chillies or changing the chilli variety will do that.

I agree with you, I too use cassia. Indians generally use cassia bark in their curries, not true cinnamon, but call it cinnamon out of habit! So when I say cinnamon in my savoury dishes/curries, I too use cassia bark, along with most of the Indians in India. If I said cassia bark in my recipes, many people in India may not follow it, as they will know it as cinnamon.

We don't usually have star anise in north Indian food, but there is no reason for you not to use it.

Annatto is more south American than Indian, but again no reason why you shouldn't use it. Is there any special reason why you don't use turmeric? It doesn't only add flavour, it has many, many health benefits and almost all Indian curries have it.

Curry leaves are not used in many north Indian dishes, it is more of a southern Indian flavour. We do use it in some dishes in the north as well. But again, if you like the flavour, why not!

jay, on 19/8/2013 01:21pm

hi, i do use turmeric but don't use it much except for the curries.

Rajneesh, on 21/8/2013 09:59am

Oh well, at least i am not allergic to any spices and am not a fussy eater so i dont spend any time standing there in the supermarket and reading (researching !!!)the ingredients on the food packet. So bring it on!!!

Kavey, on 22/8/2013 09:37pm

Actually, dislike of coriander is not "fussy eating" - a significant percentage of population find that it tastes like soap. Recent studies have found that this is very strongly correlated to two specific genes which are not well understood but are known to be associated with smell and taste.

Askcy, on 22/8/2013 09:49pm

I find basil like that sometimes !


Mamta, on 23/8/2013 02:48pm

...and I love basil. I put a few leaves in my black tea all the time. Basil in tea is a very Indian thing to do, it is very good for symptoms of cold/congestion.

homecook, on 24/9/2013 05:41am

Of course you can make curry without coriander, but, apart from the taste, coriander acts as a thickener, so I'd add more onions or somethng to make sure the curry isn't too runny.

(unknown), on 10/7/2019 05:39pm

To those above saying you can "disguise"

(unknown), on 10/7/2019 05:41pm

^ Sorry, hit enter by mistake. Personally I think if you're trying to disguise coriander into a dish then what's the point in having it at all? If you can't taste it there's no point.

M B, on 27/6/2021 07:03pm

Some of us are actually allergic to coriander. Trying to disguise it can be dangerous if you know someone prefers it left out

Mamta, on 27/6/2021 07:28pm

I agree completely. If someone is actually allergic to it, as opposed to not liking it, it is dangerous to give it to them disguised. I would rather cook something without it than taking a risk with their life.


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