Hindi Name: छोटी इलायची
Green cardamom is a aromatic spice with a very wide range of uses. The plant has underground stems with leafy roots, large white or pale green leaves, pale green fruits and black seeds. The spice has a very warm aroma and pungent taste which it can retain for a very long time. Apart from using the entire pod as a flavoring, its black seeds powdered and the outer covering are also used.
Tip: It's advisable to buy whole pods and ground the seeds as required since they lose their flavor when exposed.
The outer covering can lend a unique flavor to tea if added along with tea leaves, and coffee as well. It is also one of the essential spices added to the garam masala mix and curry powder. Betel leaf preparations contain green cardamom.
Various dishes like pulao, curries, biryanis, kebabs and other hot dishes are infused with its aroma. Sweet dishes like kheer, phirni, flans, porridge, halwa also taste better with its distinctive flavor.
Helps in reducing gas, countering acidity and is considered good for asthma patients. It can also increase appetite and be used as a mouth freshener.
Did you know?
Cardamom is also called the grains of paradise or queen of spices.
Cardamom coffee is a sign of respect for guests in the Arab countries.