Black Cardamom (Indian Whole) - 100g - 900g
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Black Cardamom (Amomum subulatum Roxb.)

The Indian name for black cardamom is badi elaichi or kali elaichi. Roughly one inch in length, the pods are dark brown to black in colour and have a tough, dried, wrinkly skin. Cardamom is the world's third-most expensive spice, surpassed in price per weight only by vanilla and saffron.

Taste Profile

Black cardamom is dried over an open fire and has a distinct smoky aroma and flavour. The pods are highly aromatic but not as much as green cardamom. In recipes, black cardamom should not be used if a recipe calls for green cardamom. The two pods have extremely different taste profiles. Unlike green cardamom, the black variety of this spice is rarely used in sweet dishes.

Black cardamom has notes of resin and camphor, as well as menthol, slightly minty aroma that provides balance to an otherwise funky flavour. These intense, heady notes put black cardamom in the "warming" spice category, along with black pepper, cloves, and chilis.

Using it

Black cardamom is a key ingredient in India's famous garam masala spice mixture and several other masalas mixes. It is largely used in savoury dishes ranging from curries, stews, and daals (lentil dishes) to pilafs, in Indian cooking. It is mostly used whole and almost always fried in a little oil to cause it to fully release its flavour’s and aroma.

In China, the pods are used for jin-jin braised meat dishes, particularly in the cuisine of the central-western province of Sichuan. Also, black cardamom is an optional ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder mix.

The pods are often used in Vietnam, where they are used as an ingredient in the broth for the pho noodle soup.

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