Cilantro (coriander leaves) is essential to many curry recipes because of the freshness it adds to the flavor of the curry. It is used mostly as garnish and for that reason, the cilantro leaves need to be fresh when used.
The best way to ensure that you always get a fresh supply of cilantro leaves is to grow the herb at home. It is super easy to do. All you need is a planter with soil in it, and a few coriander seeds.
Split the seeds in half by grinding softly and put them into the soil, about half an inch under. Water moderately, just to keep the soil moist. In a few days, the seeds will germinate, and you will begin to see the leaves. When about six inches high, cilantro is ready for harvesting.
You can keep the cilantro pot on a windowsill that receives plenty of daylight. Direct sunlight is not required for this plant. While harvesting, take care to leave another leaf node or bud on the stem so that more coriander will grow from that node. In other words, do not cut the whole stem. You may like to watch this video on how to harvest coriander.
Video credit: Daisy Creek Farms With Jag Singh YouTube channel.