Coriander, popularly known as Sabut dhania in India and Pakistan, is extensively used across various regional cuisines to flavour curries, stir fries, snacks, breakfast items – you name it! It is popular in Mexico and the south western part of USA too, where it is utilised in salsas and mixed greens to burritos and meat dishes. While the fresh leaves are commonly topped on most dishes, the seeds and a ground powder (masala) are also used in cooking. The leaves are often used raw and added to the dish just before serving as heat tends to lessen its flavour rapidly.Coriander is a flowering plant that belongs to the parsley family (leaves of coriander and parsley have comparative shape and size). It is said to have originated from South Europe, North Africa and West Asia. Coriander was also one of the numerous plants cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.