Dhania Jeera powder is an excellent blend of powdered cumin and coriander seeds along with other spices. This combination is one of the essential spice blends used in Indian cuisine. Usually both spices are used in equal ratio to form this spice blend.
Generally the ground form of coriander-cumin seeds is called the Dhania jeera powder. Dhania is the coriander seeds whereas jeera the cumin seeds. When they are homemade, the seeds are dry roasted or heated on a pan to enhance the aroma before grinding it in a mixie or with a mortal and pestle.
Dhania powder acts as a thickener. Roasted coriander seeds are the main ingredient of the two south Indian dishes: sambhar and rasam. Coriander seeds are boiled with water and drunk as indigenous medicine for colds.
Dhania powder forms an integral part of Indian cuisine as it has a natural taste, aroma and health benefiting features and is appreciated for its fragrant, flavor and culinary value. Processed in hygienic conditions, the dhania seeds are absolutely free from any foreign odor, taste and adulteration.
Coriander, like many spices, contains antioxidants, which can delay or prevent the spoilage of food seasoned with this spice. Apart from being an aromatic spice, coriander seeds have many healing and cooling properties beneficial for health and thus are found in Indian kitchens as well as in making medicines.
Coriander-Cumin seeds powder taken in combination with pinch of asafetida and rock salt is considered an aid to the digestive system. It also, relieves from any kind of gastric pain or flatulence. It has pain-relieving properties and is useful for headaches, muscle pain, stiffness and arthritis.
It is highly reputed to enhance circulation and relieve fluid retention Jeera or cumin seeds are another of those fantastic looking wonder seeds. Cumin seeds are good for digestive and used as a food flavoring in ceremonial feasts.
Even today in southern India, instead of drinking ordinary water, at ceremonial feasts, hot jeera/cumin water is served or drunk. The cumin seeds are boiled in water and allowed to infuse. This hot water is then served at the meal.