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Mar 31, 2006 05:25 PM

Whole Cardamom in the Pods

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I have some of these and a recipe that calls for ground cardamom. I plan to grind with a mortar and pestle, but am wondering does the pod need to be removed first or am I missing some flavour? It seems like the pod is pretty tough.


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  1. Remove the pod. The seed is where most of the flavor is. If the pods are reasonably fresh then you will probably need less than the recipe says.

    1. I forgot to ask, are they green, white, or black pods?

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      1. definitely crush the pods and remove the little black seeds - that is what you will be grinding. It will smell and taste just wonderful.

        the whole pods are most often used in cooking savory dishes


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        1. re: jen kalb

          And you pluck out the cardamom pods or leave them in before eating? Do Indians eat the entire pod that has been cooked in a savory dish??? I have a recipe for Marc Bittman's Biryani and it doesn't say whether to remove the green cardamom pods before eating or not!

          1. re: Val

            No, you don't eat the pods.

            1. re: Val

              You serve them in the biriyani, but no one eats them. You just move the whole spices to the side as you eat.

          2. Remove the pods, grind the seeds, and dump the pods in a bucket (a pound is plenty) of white sugar. Cover, shake vigorously, leave for a week. VoilĂ , sugar that begs to be stirred into tea or coffee.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Along those same lines, we dump a few green cardamom pods into our coffee (French press) before pouring in the boiling water. Let steep, plunge, then drink. Delicious.

            2. Thanks everyone for the great advice.