21 November, 2011

Elaichi / Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

 Also called Chhoti Elaichi (Small Cardamom) or Hari Elaichi (Green Cardamom), or true cardamom, it is another notable member of the ginger family Zingiberaceae. It is a cool spice with a distinctly minty aroma and has medicinal properties.

Choose the ones with dark, oily-looking seeds for the most potent burst of flavour, as the one on the right side in the picture below.  
The left-side one would have all the flavour of cardboard.

Caveat Emptor:  This is because sometimes the flavours are harvested (distilled) and the spices then sold.

Wikipedia link to Cardamom.

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