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May 8, 2014 09:19 AM

What flavors go with cardamom?

I bought some cardamom seeds and ground them up to use in a spritz cookie recipe that was delicious. I'm really loving this spice. I made a lemon cardamom loaf cake that was also awesome. Yesterday I added cardamom to my banana muffins and it doesn't really work for me.

I have plenty of the spice left and looking for other ideas or really what other flavors are good to mix with cardamom?

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  1. Sweet yogurt lassi! I usually get my proportions from Madhur Jaffrey:

    1 cup yogurt
    1/2 cup water
    4 cardamom pods (or the equivalent amount of seeds)
    sugar to taste (Ms. Jaffrey uses a bit less than I like)

    Toss everything into a blender and strain into a glass, with or without ice. Let sit in the fridge if you want stronger flavours. Add fresh mango if you want mango.

    I also used cardamom recently in the topping of a strawberry-rhubarb crisp to great effect.

    1. I quite like bananas with cardamom! Ha! Anyway I have found blueberry works nicely with cardamom. I have made coffee cake, fresh fruit pie, and sweet cheese things with cardamom and blueberries, and they've all been delicious, and much better than without the cardamom. I think it would work for similar berries (but have never tried with cranberries or strawberries).

      1. Saffron, rosewater, pistachios, vanilla, curries, east African food, Indian Food, Scandanavian baked goods, in red wine reduction over ice cream or fruit, in creme brulee, etc. Its one of my favorite spices!

        1. I put a sprinkle in my coffee grounds. Gives the coffee a subtle but interesting taste.

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          1. re: Alex Halsey

            +1 for pairing with coffee
            I'm sure it would be great in coffee flavored desserts like a coffee ice cream or mousse as well

          2. I made a sourdough raspberry muffin with cardamom--it was really good. I am a fan of cardamom in lots of things--spice cake, with citrus, savory dishes. Yum!