Books, Spice, and Everything Nice: Coriander

For 2022, the Berryville Library is hosting its own Books, Spice, and Everything Nice spice club. Stop by the library to get the spice of the month and then stop by the blog on the first Tuesday of the month for recipes and more information on the featured spice. We’ll also be adding monthly posts about cookbooks in our collection. For April, our spice is coriander!

As previously noted, we wanted to ensure that this program would be accessible to a wide range of cooking abilities and interests. So, feel free to try some or all the recipes we provide, as well as experiment on your own with coriander. There’s no right or wrong way to use the spice or the accompanying handout as long as the results are tasty.

Coriander is an ancient spice with a long history that is particularly popular in Asian cuisines, so you’ll find a nice mixture of Thai and Indian-style recipes this month among the April recipes.

Like Thai curries? Try the rich, creamy Thai Chicken Coconut Curry.

Looking for a different meat to use your coriander on? Try the Coriander and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops instead.

In the mood to bake instead? Try the Coriander Bread.

Want to bake but don’t want bread? We’ve got you covered with Baked French Fries with Indian Spices.

Like Indian-style curries but want a little more flexibility with what you cook than a standard recipe? Make your own Easy Indian Curry Paste and use it however you want!

Want something to take the chill off those occasionally crisp April days? Try the vegetarian Sweet Potato Soup.

Prefer to wing it? Just follow your heart–and the flavor profile suggestions on recommended uses and pairings.

Not a cook? You might still learn something (and be amused) with the history and trivia about the spice.

Please be sure to update us about how you used coriander in April. You can tell us in the comments here on the blog, share them with us on Facebook or Instagram with the #bplspice hashtag, or stop by the library.

Still looking for some ways to use coriander in your kitchen? Even though I ultimately didn’t include them in the handout, I was intrigued by Sweet Potato Chickpea Coconut Curry (a sister recipe to the Thai Chicken Coconut Curry), Pad Krapow (Thai Basil Beef), and Coriander Seed Bundt Cake.

Recipes in handout lightly adapted from originals in Averie Cooks, All Recipes, Betty Crocker, Cookin’ Canuck, My Dainty Soul Curry, and Two Peas and Their Pod.

Download PDF here.

What’s your favorite recipe that uses coriander? Which recipe are you most excited to try? What spices do you use the most in your cooking? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

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