Called Cali Elaichi in India, black cardamom seed is the queen of Indian spices.
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Even if its name as an Indian origin, it is called Elaichi in India. Cardamom seeds is the queen of spices. It is also the most expensive spice, right after vanilla and saffron.
It is native to southern India where it is used for several millennia and it is a spice widely used today in the world.
There are several kinds of cardamom, but the most commonly used in Indian cooking is the green cardamom. Brown cardamom is much larger than the green and is also used in Indian dishes. White cardamom is a green cardamom that has been discolored. There is also a kind of yellow cardamom called Tanzania cardamom.
In Indian recipes cardamom is important in salty dishes as well as in sweet dishes and drinks. It can be used in curry powder, garam masala and rice coocked, in Indian sweets like halwa, burfi or Khir. It is used in drinks like lassi, charbat or black tea (chai).
It is also used in the composition of Pan, a preparation containing betel leaves, areca nut and rose jam.
In India we appreciate his help in digestion, sore throats and lung congestion. As the seeds give off a strong but pleasant odor when crushed, they are also used to have good breath smell.