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Common name: Coriander • Hindi: धनिया Dhaniya • Kannada: ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ Kottambari, ಕೊತಿಂಬ್ರಿ Kotimbri, ಕೊತಂಬ್ರಿ Kotambri, ಕೊತ್ತಿಮರಿ Kottimari, ಕೊತ್ತಮರಿ Kottamari, ಹವೀಜ Haveeja • Manipuri: ꯐꯗꯤꯒꯣꯝ Phadigom • Tamil: கொத்து மல்லி kotthu malli • Nepali: धनिया Dhaniyaa • Sanskrit: धन्याक, धान्यक, धान्याक Dhanyak, कुस्तुम्बरी kustumbaree • Angami: Dunia
Botanical name: Coriandrum sativum     Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Both the green feathery leaves and the spherical seeds of coriander are indispensable in the kitchen, especially to anyone who is fond of curries. The seed is sold both whole and ground and is the main ingredient in curry powder. It has a sweet taste reminiscent of orange peel. The plant grows to a height of 2 feet with a spread of 9 inches. The bright, green leaves are fan shaped and become more feathery towards the top of the plant. The flowers, which bloom from mid- to late summer, are small and white, formed in umbel-like clusters. The pale brown roots are fibrous and tapering, shaped like a carrot. Coriander will not grow well in humid climates. It needs a dry summer and a sunny location.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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