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Cardamom pods

What are cardamom pods? About the ingredient cardamom pods. Including 94 recipes with cardamom pods, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance. Black cardamom has a distinctly more astringent aroma, though not bitter, with a coolness similar to mint.

Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight but little is needed to impart the flavor. Cardamom is best stored in pod form because once the seeds are exposed or ground they quickly lose their flavor.

Cardamom pods

However, high-quality ground cardamom is often more readily (and cheaply) available and is an acceptable substitute.

For recipes requiring whole cardamom pods, a generally accepted equivalent is 10 pods equals 1½ teaspoons of ground cardamom.

In the Middle East, green cardamom powder is used as a spice for sweet dishes as well as traditional flavouring in coffee and tea. The cardamom pods are ground together with coffee beans to produce a powdered mixture of the two, which is boiled with water to make coffee.

Cardamom is also used in some extent in savoury dishes.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp, ground (5g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15Calories from Fat 3
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.3g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars ~
Protein 0.5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Cardamom pods are usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Cardamom pods are a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much do cardamom pods weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp, ground 5
1 tsp, ground 2

In Chinese:豆蔻荚
British (UK) term: Cardamom pods
en français:gousses de cardamome
en español:vainas de cardamomo

Recipes using cardamom pods

There are 97 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Andy's Murgh Kurma (Chicken Curry)
Beet Raita
Biryani Rice Recipe
Carrot Puree Cake
Chana aur Sarson ka Saag Biryani (Basmati Rice & Curry Casserole)
Creamy Roasted Parsnip Soup
Garam Masala Lamb Kebabs
Holiday Cherry and Rum Biscotti
Kashmiri Meatballs (Kashmiri Koftas)
Lamb Rogan Josh
Masala Coffee (Spiced Coffee)
Mixed Vegetables Jaipur Style (Sabji Jaipuri)

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