“Sabhut dhaniya hi pisenge, humein halke chikle se kya lena dena” she clarifies adding that the dark-colored ones are the better seeds to pick. At Kashika, we love that the rural women have taken complete charge. The nutty aroma of coriander powder wafts around the unit as the women prepare the area for sieving. Multitasking, we notice, is second nature to these women. “Baatein kum, kaam zyaada!” they mutter and laugh when prodded about meeting timelines. “Aur haan, baarish mein dhaniya mat lena peesne ke liye” another spice tip we obediently take note of.
Nutty, citrusy flavored coriander seeds are finely ground with dollops of care to make Kashika Dhaniya powder, a naturally healthy spice blend. This can be added generously to lentils, grams, and curries.