How can I use black cardamon pods?

I brought back some large black cardamon from Vietnam. They are about the size of a walnut and very fragrant, though much stronger and smokier than green pods. I know they can be used for broth, but how else? Can I somehow grind them for a spice mixture? If so, how do I do that?

  • Posted by: lloreen
  • November 18, 2011


rmullins February 22, 2018
Add a couple of black cardamom pods to your morning grind for a smokey nuance. Pairs well with bacon and eggs.

Green cardamom works too and adds a light herb-y fragrance.

Pre-ground works but you may need to add a bit more since cardamom loses it's power quickly after grinding.
AntoniaJames November 18, 2011
Here's an excellent recipe using black cardamom:
Panfusine November 18, 2011
With greenstuff, I add them to lentils while cooking them, & toss it out after the dish is finished. they're kind of hard to crack to get at the seeds..
mrscorkhoarder November 18, 2011
check out Aliya LeeKong's blog.. she is always talking about unique spices/etc and what to do with them. there is the link for black cardamom!
Greenstuff November 18, 2011
Most of the recipes I've seen for black cardamom are long-cooked stews and curries. The pods are kept whole and removed at the end.
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