I fell in love with cardamom in the most stereotypical U.S. citizen way; through chai. I am pleased though that my love did not stop there. Through experimentation fueled by my interest in learning about the benefits of cardamom, I’ve discovered the spice can literally be used in almost anything.
It is unfortunate how underappreciated cardamom is in the U.S., despite its delicious flavor that can be added to anything from rice to baked goods. It’s complex flavor is something no other spice in the ginger family offers. Paired with the right ingredients, cardamom can transform any inexpensive dish into something a five star restaurant would be proud to offer.
The two recipes I’m proudest of that utilize cardamom are homemade chai and dal (lentil soup). The flavor in each displays the full scope of cardamom’s complexity. In chai, cardamom tastes warm and peppery. In the lentil dish, however, cardamom lends a sweet and smoky flavor. The latter is one of my favorites because the flavor benefits of cardamom turn the lentils into a healthy meal you actually want to eat. And the benefits of cardamom do not stop there.
Cardamom, like many of the spices I feature, protects against, inhibits the growth of, and even kills some cancers, due to the high levels of antioxidants in it. It also inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, and mold; making it a spice you definitely want to utilize during cold and flu season.
In short, if you have the opportunity to invite Cardamom into home, do. Even though it is on the pricier side of spices, I feel the benefits of Cardamom, in and outside of the kitchen, well overshadow any financial concerns.
What do you all think? Looking forward to your comments below.
Cardamom can be used to treat:
Cancer, Nausea, Bloating, Gas, Heartburn, Loss of appetite, Constipation, Halitosis (bad breath), Depression, Bronchitis, Cough, the Common cold, Flu, Mouth ulcers, Mouth infection, Throat infection, Hypertension (Hough blood pressure), Pain, Swelling, Hiccups, Stomach cramps, Intestinal cramps, Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Mold, Erectile dysfunction, and Impotence
Cardamom can be used to prevent:
Cancer, Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Mold, Blood clots, the Common cold, and Flu