cardamom powder

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" Ground cardamom is very fine, almost like a powder. It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking. It is one of the most expensive spices by weight, and little is needed to impart the flavour. Crack the pods and remove the seeds. Grind them finely or coarsely. The skins are either discarded or mixed into tea leaves, to give a faint fragrance in the tea.

How to Select
Choose the greener ones as these have the best flavour and aroma, for powder.

Culinary Uses
" Cardamom powder is widely used in Indian sweet dishes, ice creams, milk specialities, and even to make hot milk based rejuvenating drink.
" It is added flavour and aroma to many exotic types of rice, vegetables and other richly flavoured dishes.
" It is used as traditional flavouring in coffee and tea.

How to Store
Storage of powdered cardamom loses its aroma quality rapidly by loss of volatiles and hence proper care should be taken during storage. It should be hence, stored in an air tight jar. Also, little amount of it can be stored in a bottle for daily use and the rest can be kept in a refrigerator. Best used within 3 months. Hence powder it as needed.

Health Benefits
" Stimulates digestive system and reduces gas.
" Expectorant action - Improves circulation to the lungs and thus considered good for asthma and bronchitis
" Can counteract excess acidity in the stomach
" Stimulates appetite and Cures halitosis (bad breath)
" An infusion made by boiling couple of pounded cardamoms in a cup of water along with few mint leaves, relieves you from Hiccups.

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