The fragrant, pungent leaf of the coriander plant, cilantro is popular in Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Cilantro is also sometimes called fresh coriander, Italian parsley (which has similar, flat leaves) or Chinese parsley.
Cilantro is a primary ingredient in curries, chutneys, sauces, dal (a thick Indian stew), salsas, stews, pestos, and guacamole. It's especially delicious with seafood and poultry. In addition to ethnic recipes that call for cilantro, you might try it in dips, sour cream (to serve with enchiladas or tacos, for example), stir fries, salads, and meat dishes. It partners well with chili peppers.