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BRITISH INDIAN RESTAURANT FOOD (BIR)

Cardamom

Cardamom

There are mainly 2 variaties, Green (Elettaria) and black (Amomum) although the green is the most common and you tend to buy them in pod form although powdered form is available.

Believed to originate from india although it is hotly debated that it has origins in ancient persia

Inside the pod are small dark seeds which hold all the flavour which is quite strong and unique almost flowery and can be used in sweets as well as cooking. Some countries often use cardamom with coffee which makes for a interesting drink. 

Believed to help with teeth and gums along with digestive problems and often prescribed as a herbal remedy.

Whole cardamoms can be placed in rice when cooking and removed for serving.