Nepali Kade Dhaniya (Culantro)

Nepali Kade Dhaniya (Kaade Dhaniya, Ban Dhaniya, Burmeli Dhaniya) is not Nepali by origin. It is said to have spread throughout the world from the Americas and the Carribean.

One of my neighbours gifted me with a variety of wild herb with a pleasant aroma in 2019. I planted it on the poly bag of my rooftop garden. Rest is history; I now have become an activist of spreading this herb throughout my circle of organic movement.

Nepali Kade Dhaniya - Culantro

I am still not sure how does it propagate by seed. I did not observe any significant root system development so that I could perform a vegetative propagation. Yet, I find its young sprouts here and there in my garden. I have been giving off those sprouts to my acquaintances.

Wild Culantro - Ban Dhaniya (Kade Dhaniya)

Since it grows as a wild herb growing on my backyard, I realized why some people in Nepal call it Ban Dhaniya that means 'wild cilantro'.

Nepali Ban Dhaniya

Like a normal salad of coriander and smashed tomato, I experimented replacing the coriander with this culantro. Putting it simple, I grinded together tomatoes, little salt and turmeric powder, 2 grains of sichuan pepper, small bit of red chilli, and leaves of culantro.

Culantro leaves

If you are a Nepali and unaware of this herb, you might be almost ready to trying out Golbheda ra Kade Dhaniya ko Achar (salad of tomatoes and culantro).

I have determined to continue raising, caring, and propagating this wonder herb. Nepali Kade Dhaniya rocks!