Wednesday, August 25, 2010
What is this Stuff? Green Cardamom
This is my favorite spice! Cardamom is the second most expensive spice in the world and there's a reason...it's heavenly. Just two or three little pods hold enough spice for most dishes. The pods are filled with small, fragrant black seeds which I believe to be the pearls of the spice world.
In addition to being a staple in Indian recipes, I like cardamom in sweet grain recipes such as rice pudding, cream of wheat, or oatmeal. Just pop open the pods and grind up the seeds. Cardamom is also really tasty in bake goods, savory dishes and can be chewed as a breath freshener. I've heard it marries well with seafood but have yet to perform any experiments. If you have, please post your thoughts in the comments section.