OK I have something to admit…I really did not like coriander (or as they call it in the US cilantro or China Chinese parsley) for many many years. It seems I’m not alone, there’s even an online group called I Hate Cilantro! http://ihatecilantro.com/
When I was about 18 I had a friend who cooked tasty South East Asian dishes then one night finished off that bowl with a huge handful of raw coriander leaves. I could smell that coriander straight away… really pongy foot smell mixed with dirt and something that from that moment on I’ve been unable to eat! He also cooked great steamed rice, my attempts were inedible soggy messes. I remember 2 Japanese exchange students who came to my parent’s house for dinner one night and I made the white rice, boiled rinsed etc soggy and mushy and the look on their faces as they tried to eat it was priceless!
Even after starting to make green smoothies a few years ago and getting adventurous I’d pick up bunches of coriander thinking it was flat leaf parsley, take a whiff just to make sure and yes urrgghh no mistaking that smell!
Until recently that is and after eating more raw food I discovered that hey it is not too bad, especially combined with carrot, cucumber, avocado and sprouts in a rice paper roll with a sauce and also in Mexican inspired dishes with avocado tomato cayenne it’s delicious and the not so overwhelming smell goes really well with the right foods.
SO today in the fridge I had a big bunch of locally grown coriander. Yes time to get that coriander in a green smoothie I thought though I was a bit worried that it would ruin it and I end up tipping it out on the compost!
So in today’s green smoothie- makes about 2 litres- I used a cup and a half of water ( add more later when blending if needed) a peeled orange ( leave white part on) a small apple, big bunch coriander ( about 3 cups ) small handfuls of baby spinach and flat leaf parsley , 2 stalks celery, banana, 4 frozen mango cheeks, 2 medjool dates, big slice of ginger, half a lime plus juice from other half, tablespoon coconut oil. I used a bit more fruit than usual because was worried at first about the coriander overpowering everything.
So how did it turn out? DELICIOUS ! I’m now a complete convert and won’t be joining that I Hate Cilantro group anytime soon. Really, don’t they have more important issues to complain about?
This was beautiful, you get a subtle taste of the coriander coming through with a sort of sweet Asian fruity flavour ( lychees?) so yeah it really goes well with other ingredients. Yum! I’m even trying to grow some now I’m a convert. Plus the leaves are higher in antioxidants than the roots and it is also known in herbal medicine to help anxiety and insomnia plus it is really good for digestion. When you are also a complete green smoothie convert it’s the perfect time to get into some greens you would have previously ignored or used as a garnish on salads etc and get some different greens in your green smoothie!
I think it is like when you go to your favourite restaurant and order the SAME thing every single time. That yummy dish that comes out from the kitchen absolutely the same as last time. I have been there, safe and in my comfort zone. Usually because you like predictability and don’t like surprises! Well time to welcome the new and unexpected tastes and flavours! Enjoy.
green smoothie recipes using coriander/cilantro
Ever tried a savoury green smoothie? This recipe is from Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko, http://dailygreenbar.com/green-smoothie-books-victoria-boutenko-jane-dalton/ where she includes some incredible savoury green smoothie recipes using a variety of ingredients.
shakti’s green thai
2.5 cups spinach
1/2 bunch coriander
1 clove garlic 1/2 red capsicum
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tsp stevia or 1 green leaf
3 Roma tomatoes
2 cups of water
Green Smoothie Revolution (VIctorian Boutenko) http://dailygreenbar.com/product/green-smoothie-revolution-by-victoria-boutenko/ also has 9 coriander/cilantro recipes. I love this book. The info and recipes are really comprehensive and cover every edible green grown on the planet! A few years ago when I was discovering a multitude of different greens, I carried it around in my bag so I could look up info and recipes for the new green I’d just found. That was how I discovered sorrel one day in Bondi and blended with watermelon and nectarine-mm sublime! http://dailygreenbar.com/the-dailygreenbar-green-smoothie-recipe-collection/
cilantro sparkle green pudding
1 bunch coriander
1 orange peeled
and this recipe from the beginners section-
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup coriander
5 beet leaves with stems
1 cup of water