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Cardamom The Queen

I remember my mom using cardamom whenever she cooked some exotic Indian recipes. I now see this spice being used in a whole range of recipes from cakes, breads and teas to rice and curries. There are two kinds of cardamom – green and black.   I personally love the aroma that cardamom adds to recipes. It does wonders when added to rice preparations giving them great aroma and magnificent taste. No wonder it is called the queen of spices.

 

Cardamom Tea is said to help cure sore throats and act as a detoxifying agent. One of the traditional ways of using green cardamom is in the Indian spice tea or ‘masala chai’, which I really recommend to all tea lovers. Typically made by adding crushed cardamom pods while the tea is brewing. Cardamom is also one of the key ingredients of ‘garam masala’.

 

Cardamom is also known to have medicinal properties. It provides antioxidants and essential oils, minerals, vitamins and iron. It has traditionally been used to help cure ailments of digestion, throat and teeth. It is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used in ayurvedic medicines for massaging to ease pains. Cardamom is also known to help alleviate nausea. It is a great breath freshener, besides being good for the teeth and gums.

 

Last, but not the least, like everything else it is recommended that this spice be used in moderation, as excessive consumption of it may lead to excessive heat in the body.

 

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  1. SnakeWitch
    I love cardamom too. I didn't know they use it in garam masala, which is a spice mix I enjoy using. Voted! If you like vegan sushi, come read my new recipe, 'Save the Salmon Sushi' and let me know what you think!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      The one used in garam masala is the big one in the image above.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Nice! I am thinking about making my own spice mixes all the time starting in the near future - I just need to finish up the ones I have here. I think it'll be cheaper in the long run since most individual spices are a bit less expensive than the ready-to-use pre-mixed ones. Thanks for the info!
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    2. Roopam
      Glad to know you use garam masala ...it has a nice distinct flavor and is used a lot in Indian cooking. Thanks I will do so.
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  2. SnakeWitch
    I love cardamom too. I didn't know they use it in garam masala, which is a spice mix I enjoy using. Voted! If you like vegan sushi, come read my new recipe, 'Save the Salmon Sushi' and let me know what you think!
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    Voted! cardamom is one of my favourite spices!
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    1. Roopam
      Thanks. Sure its great on aroma and taste.
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  4. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    I will have to look for cardamom the next time I go to the grocer. I do not know if this is something we would have to purchase in the south at a specialty store...like World Market. Vote #6.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Yup..you can simply chew the seeds as mouth-freshener, if nothing else...
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    2. Roopam
      You should be able to get it at your our grocers quite easily...you can also get it at Indian grocers...Its a great spice to stock and use. Thanks
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  5. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Absolutely! 2 seeds of cardamom after every meal aid to a clean and healthy system!
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    1. Roopam
      That's true!
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  6. Veganara
    Veganara
    Very interesting blog. I didn't know cardamoms came in green and black varieties: I have recently discovered the green ones and found them a bit overpowering, to be honest! Are the black ones milder? Maybe I just need to use them very sparingly! I am out of votes for now, but will come back and vote for this later.
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