How Can I Use Green Cardamom?
How can I use Green Cardamom?
Cardamom, pronounced kaar-duh-muhm is an ancient spice with a vast variety of benefits and uses that is sure to transform a casual home cook into a world-renowned chef at a dinner party. But what exactly is Cardamom and why are people so fascinated with not only its great taste but its very unique and aromatic smell?
Green Cardamom is a small, triangular-shaped seed with a light green texture (there are black and even white cardamom as-well). It’s used to add flavor and aroma to savory and spicy foods of all types. Cardamom grew into the spice it is today and found its way into many kitchens after centuries of ancient practices. The Greeks used it to add flavor to their sauces and vegetables while some Middle Eastern countries used it in various desserts and teas. Among its many uses in dishes of all sorts, it also has health benefits that can help to fight bad breath and has antioxidants that may help to lower blood pressure.
But in the context of culinary arts, cardamom is a game-changer, and a sure champion to start a conversation at the dinner table. But when you first look at cardamom, you might not know exactly what to do with them. You might think of just throwing a bunch in your dish, or blending them, or chopping them up. It all depends on what you’re cooking and the type of taste and texture you’re going for.
So if you’re cooking meats, most chefs usually crush the desired amount with a spoon or the bottom of a small pot. Doing so will allow the flavor to be kept and to cook just right.
If you’re looking to add seasoning to vegetables, you can add the cardamom in a grinder and sprinkle to the taste. This method allows other spices to perfectly mix in as you toss and turn the vegetables, giving it a light taste. You can also use crushed green cardamom in baked goods like layered spice cakes.
Roasting cardamom is another alternative. Doing so could be done by taking the seeds from the pods and putting them in a dry skillet for a few minutes. This method is most favored by chefs who want to try recipes like roasted chicken or roasted rice. This allows a crisp texture along with the signature cardamom aroma.
Cardamoms great health benefits, great taste and smell will give off a subtle feeling of a cleansing and calming atmosphere, fit for any kitchen. So if you ever run out of ginger or cinnamon, cardamom will be sure to add an amazing taste, texture, and aroma to your favorite dishes.
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