Green cardamom has an elusive flavor unlike any other spice: floral and aromatic, delicate and strong (a little definitely goes a long way). Here are seven ideas from the creative home cooks on Chowhound for ways to use cardamom beyond flavoring chai.
1. Cardamom pairs well with fruit in both sweet and savory recipes—try using it with orange in a glaze for meats, with peaches for roasted pork, or as a surprising twist for applesauce. —tastesgoodwhatisit
2. Sprinkle a little cardamom over a grapefruit half for breakfast. —JungMann
5. Next time you make rice, try infusing it with whole green cardamom pods and another whole spice like cinnamon or cumin for an intoxicatingly fragrant side. —Chi_Guy
6. Use it to flavor a sweet and spicy dip for fruit: • 1 heaping tablespoon cardamom seeds • 1 large container sour cream • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish or to taste • 1 rounded tablespoon | Crush cardamom in a mortar until nearly powdered. Combine with other ingredients; stir well. Let sit at least an hour for the flavors to meld before serving with sliced fruits (apples, pears, oranges, strawberries). —Caroline1
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