Cardamom (Elaichi)

Elettaria cardamomum is the seed of a tropical fruit in the ginger family.

Fruits and seeds leave pleasant aroma with sweet, pungent taste behind when chewed.

Cardamom has a sweet, lemony, eucalytus flavor.

It is world’s second most expensive spice (BADI ELAICHI/MOTI ELAICHI/BLACK ELAICHI).

It is available as a powder, dried pods or loose seeds.

Green cardamoms are the most common, but there are also black and cream varieties.

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It is one of india’s favorite spices, used in curries, savory and sweet dishes, ice cream and custards.

It is often combined with almonds and saffron.

It can be used to flavor tea and also is great with black coffee.

It is used as ayurvedic medicine to remove fat and as a cure for urinary and skin complaints.

Egyptians chewed cardamoms to whiten their teeth and simultaneously sweeten their breath.

The seeds are aromatic, sweet cooling, carminative (cure flatulence), digestive, stimulant and tonic.

Cardamom finds usage in indigestion, anorexia, burning sensation, dability, asthma.

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