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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