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  • Black cardamom is dried over an open fire creating a distinct aroma aroma and camphor, as well as menthol, a slightly minty aroma  that provides balance to an otherwise refreshing flavor.
  • Black cardamom (Badi Elaichi) or hill cardamom is the most popular species and is widely used in cooking for its unique taste and powerful flavor. It is a traditional Indian spice used in every household of India for infusing a smoky flavor to food items. Its aroma is forthright, all charcoal and campfire and smoky, dark night. 

Overview :
Black cardamom's scientific name is Amomum subulatum. It grows in pods on an herbaceous plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae ginger family. The pods have tough, dried, wrinkly skin, and are roughly one inch in length , and house small, sticky, dark-colored seeds. Black cardamom has a pungent aroma with a citrus and eucalyptus flavor. Several species of the genus Amomum are distributed all over the mountainous area from the Himalayas to Southern China. The main production regions are Eastern Nepal, India, and Bhutan. More than 50 percent of the world’s harvest is produced in India.

Preparation Information: 
Black cardamom is an integral part of UAE, India And Pakistani cuisine. Black cardamom is largely used in savory Indian dishes like curries, stews, dal and pilafs, and biryani. Ingredients for the rice. 1 1/4 cups long grained rice Organic Basmati soaked for 10 minutes and drained 1table spoon ghee or oil 1 piece of black cardamom 2 pieces clove 1 small stick of cinnamon 2 pieces of bay leaf 2 cups milk salt to taste Heat the oil in a deep non- stick pan, and add the black cardamom clove, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf mix well and saute on medium flame for 30 minutes. Add the rice, milk, and salt stair fry for 5 to 7 minutes mix all the ingredients cover the lid cook on a slow flame for 10 minutes, or till the rice is cooked, and let all the liquid has evaporated while stirring occasionally. Serve it hot with dal or curry.


Benefits :

This spice is used medicinally for heart problems, gastrointestinal problems and most of all respiratory disorders. It’s rich in Vitamin C which in turns help in improve blood circulation.  Chewing black cardamom seeds is also very helpful in oral health issues.

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