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shaebones Jan 22, 2013 02:58 AM

Pods and seeds. Are they the same thing? The seeds look like grey chickpeas.

  1. JungMann Jan 22, 2013 06:38 AM

    CanadaGirl has it exactly right. Pods are the greenish grey "chickpeas." Crack one open with a light tap and you'll find they contain seeds which you can grind into a fine powder for baking or blending into other spices. Leave the pods whole if you want to fish them out of a dish.

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    1. re: JungMann
      shaebones Jan 22, 2013 08:49 AM

      The recipe I'm looking at calls for cardomom PODs. Is that weird?

      1. re: shaebones
        JungMann Jan 22, 2013 08:54 AM

        Not at all. Using lightly cracked whole pods gives a subtler flavor than using pulverized seeds. You can also remove the pods from the final dish if you don't want anyone to bite into them.

        1. re: shaebones
          Perilagu Khan Jan 22, 2013 08:54 AM

          Fairly common in Indian food. Basmati rice is often cooked with cardomom pods.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan
            shaebones Jan 22, 2013 09:09 AM

            Leave the seeds in there, right?

            1. re: shaebones
              Perilagu Khan Jan 22, 2013 09:11 AM

              Yes. But the cardomom pods are only for flavoring. You don't want to chomp down on 'em.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan
                PattiCakes Jan 22, 2013 09:39 AM

                I have a slow cooker recipe for butter chicken that calls for a number of pods. I take a big ol' needle & thread & string them together. Much easier to remove when finished.

                1. re: Perilagu Khan
                  CanadaGirl Jan 22, 2013 12:59 PM

                  The idea is to eat around them or remove them, but I LOVE that sharp hit of eating a softened pod.

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          CanadaGirl Jan 22, 2013 04:09 AM

          Actually, the pods are what you are picturing. The seeds are inside and kind of look like sesame seed sized brown cubes.

          The flavour is in the seeds, but you use pods when you want to be able to remove after cooking.

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