Coriander, a feathery annual plant of the parsley family, is also known by the name cilantro. The name coriander is usually used to refer to the dry fruits and seeds. The plant’s delicate young leaves are known as cilantro.
Coriander seed is a spice in garam masala, and Indian curries, which often employ the ground fruits in generous amounts together with cumin, acting as a thickener in a mixture called dhania jeera. Roasted coriander seeds, called dhania dal, are eaten as a snack.