Make Homemade Ground Cardamom with ease using our simple recipe. Get the freshest, most flavourful cardamom by grinding it yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen. Elevate the flavours of the dishes with a touch of this exotic spice!
About this recipe for Ground Green Cardamom
Ground Cardamom, also known as Cardamom Powder, is a versatile spice with a unique blend of sweet, spicy, and citrusy notes. I love using this fragrant spice in sweet delicacies, savoury dishes, baking, spice blends and Indian masala chai. This homemade Ground Cardamom is a must-have ingredient in my kitchen, making festive cooking so easy.
Making my own Homemade Cardamom Powder is a breeze and requires just one ingredient – whole green cardamom pods. By grinding the cardamom seeds, I have complete control over the consistency of my powder, whether I want it fine or coarse. And, by making it at home, I eliminate any presence of husk or stems often found in store-bought varieties.
So, why settle for store-bought Cardamom powder when you can make it at home with ease?
What is cardamom?
Cardamom pods are the dried fruit capsules of the cardamom plant, which is native to India. Green or brown cardamom pods hold small, black seeds that serve as a spice. People widely use whole and ground cardamom in cooking.
The flavour of cardamom is complex and aromatic, with hints of lemon, mint, and eucalyptus.
I’ll be using just one ingredient for this recipe – Green Cardamom pods. These pods come in two sizes, Jumbo and Regular. Personally, I prefer the Jumbo pods as they contain a lot more seeds. This makes the resulting cardamom powder more flavourful and aromatic.
Whole cardamom pods are available in most grocery store near you like Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose. Or you can easily find them in Asian stores.
How to make Cardamom Powder at home step by step?
- To make ground cardamom, start by placing whole green cardamom pods on a plate.
- Quickly heat them in the microwave in 15-second bursts, repeating until they’re warm to the touch. About 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. This step is optional. But it really helps in cracking the pods easily.
- Let the cardamom cool, then extract the seeds from the pods.
- Finally, grind the seeds in a coffee or spice grinder until finely ground.
- Store the ground cardamom in an airtight container for up to three to four months for optimal flavour.
How to make Cardamom Powder with whole cardamom pods?
In this method, the cardamom shell and the seeds are blended to together to a fine powder.
- To make cardamom powder, first, place the pods on a plate and heat them in the microwave in 15-second bursts until warm to the touch. You can also dry roast them on a hot skillet for 1 minute.
- Allow to cool. Then, grind the whole pods in a grinder until finely ground. If desired, sieve the powder to remove any husk.
- Store in glass container or any air tight container for up to 3 to 4 months.
Why should you try this recipe?
- Save money by making at home and avoid the high cost of store-bought Ground Cardamom
- Control the grind size and eliminate the presence of husk and stems
- Experience the fresh and authentic flavour of Homemade Cardamom powder
- Add a unique blend of sweet, spicy, and citrusy notes to your dishes
- Avoid biting into whole cardamom in your dishes
- Versatile ingredients: Perfect for baking, seasoning, and aromatic teas
- A must-have ingredient in your kitchen. Makes Diwali and festive occasions a breeze.
- Makes a fantastic
To store Ground Cardamom, keep it in an airtight container such as a glass jar or plastic container in a cool, dark place, away from heat and light. Use within 3 to 4 months for the best flavour.
Uses of Ground cardamom
Cardamom has a variety of uses in sweet and savoury dishes. Some of them are
- Curries: Add the cardamom powder to curries like Paneer Butter masala, Paneer curry, Vegetable Korma or any dishes that calls for green cardamom pods.
- Indian sweets: Ground Cardamom is a staple ingredient in many of the Indian sweets, such as Mango coconut ladoo, Kesar peda, Instant Kalakand, MIlk powder barfi, Gajar Halwa and more.
- Baking: Add in baking to add a unique flavour to carrot cardamom cake, bread, and pastries.
- Indian masala chai: Add Ground or Whole Cardamom to traditional Chai for warm, spicy flavour.
- Rice dishes: Add Cardamom to rice dishes, such as Yellow rice, Cumin rice, Vegetable pilau or Biryani, to enhance their flavour and aroma.
Can I substitute ground cardamom for cardamom seeds?
Yes, you can substitute ground cardamom for cardamom seeds in recipes. One teaspoon of ground cardamom for every 3 teaspoons of seeds.
I would ideally use 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder in my curries.
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- 65 g Green Cardamom
Method One: Crack open the seeds and blend into fine powder.
- Place the whole cardamom pods on a plate.
- Heat in the microwave in short 15-second bursts, repeating until they are warm to the touch. About 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.
- Allow the cardamom to cool a bit. Once cooled, remove the seeds from the pods.
- Grind the seeds in a coffee or spice grinder until they are finely ground. Yielded about 48g of Ground cardamom which is 1/2 cup.
- Store the ground cardamom in an airtight container and use it within 3 to 4 months for the best flavour.