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Jamaican curry blend: cardamom PODS?

alixschwartz Mar 1, 2009 09:42 AM

Hi all,

I am making a goat curry and the recipe for Jamaican curry blend calls for 12 cardamom pods, which are dry roasted in a pan with several other spices and then ground up. I have never seen a recipe that calls for roasting and grinding the PODS (as opposed to the seeds inside them) before--have you? Do you use green or white cardamom pods? (Recipe does not specify.) And if white, does the cardboard-y outer part blend up in the spice grinder or do you just pull out the shards before you use the curry powder? I can experiment with this, of course, but thought one of you might already know the answer.


  1. e
    equinoise Mar 10, 2009 10:42 AM

    Can you share your goat curry recipe? Been looking for one. Thank you.

    1. j
      jaykayen Mar 1, 2009 01:34 PM

      I have whole pods in my spice grinder. yes, they come out as shards, but you can eat them...it doesn't bother me.

      1. Channa Mar 1, 2009 11:24 AM

        I think white cardamom pods are actually green cardamom pods that have been bleached. So I buy the green.

        I usually roast and grind them whole, then sieve through a small strainer to remove any fibrous bits.

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        1. re: Channa
          alixschwartz Mar 1, 2009 01:10 PM

          This is helpful--thanks! i had no idea the white ones were bleached. And if you have roasted and ground them whole, then strained, that''s pretty much the inspiration I needed.

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          rememberme Mar 1, 2009 10:23 AM

          Lots of Indian food calls for the pods, i.e. cooked in a pot of rice. Don't know about Jamaican.

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          1. re: rememberme
            alixschwartz Mar 1, 2009 01:09 PM

            Yeah, I've made Indian curries with the whole pods-in fact, I often string them onto a thread with a needles so I can remove the string before I serve the food--I don't think anyone wants to bite down on a whole cardamom pod!

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