Cardamom is an extremely important spice in Indian cuisine. Curry and masala chai would not be the same without it. In fact, it’s so important that it’s often called the “queen of spice.” This spice has a strong and distinctive flavor, giving it a distinct note that is not easy to describe. Spicy, spicy, sweet, peppery, even floral and refreshing, it’s a must-have in every soothing tea recipe mixed with spices.
Cardamom is a plant used in traditional medicine and a popular spice in cooking and tea. It has a unique spicy taste that is easily recognizable even in blends with many other ingredients. Cardamom is an essential ingredient in Indian curries and Chai masala tea. This is not surprising since this spice is native to India. However, today it is also growing in other countries. Interestingly, cardamom belongs to the same plant family as ginger and turmeric – the turmeric family.
Cardamom tea recipe – how to make
To make cardamom tea, you need black or green cardamom pods. Cardamom has a very strong flavor and usually a few grains are enough for a strong cup of tea. To get the most flavor from the cardamom pods, crush them lightly first. Use about 3-6 pods per glass of water. In a small saucepan, bring fresh spring water to a boil. Add the crushed small pods, reduce the heat, and boil for about 15 minutes. Strain, add sugar or honey if desired, and serve.
Cardamom and other spices
Cardamom blends well with other spices like ginger or cinnamon. You can use it to make a comforting herbal milk tea by brewing cardamom pods and other spices in hot water. Bring to a boil over low heat for 15-20 minutes. In another saucepan, heat milk to froth. Strain the tea into a cup and add the frothed milk. Alternatively, boil the spices directly in the milk over low heat, strain, add brown sugar or honey and serve.
Cardamom tea recipe – Cardamom Tea Uses
- Cardamom spice has been used as a herbal medicine since ancient times. Its purported health benefits include fighting bad breath and soothing irritable bowel syndrome.
- Drinking cardamom tea may help maintain a healthy weight and improve weight loss. Some research suggests that cardamom powder supplements can help prevent fat deposits on a high-fat diet.
- Cardamom tea can also help improve the appearance and health of the tea due to its antibacterial properties. Cardamom neutralizes the bacteria that cause bad breath, preventing plaque buildup and the development of dental caries.
- Cardamom tea also contains dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals that can boost
the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory properties that may help lower
blood pressure and reduce inflammation that can lead to sore throats.
Basic Indian Cardamom Tea Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 4 cardamom pods
- Sweetener (OPTIONAL)
1. Bring water to a boil in a tea kettle or in a small saucepan on the stove.
2. Add in the cardamom pods and turn the heat down to low.
3. Let the tea steep for 5 to 8 minutes.
4. Sweeten using brown sugar or agave.