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How to Grind Cardamom

How to Grind Cardamom — and Why You Should Bother

Are you guilty of skipping the common recipe directive to freshly grind spices like nutmeg, coriander, and the subject at hand: cardamom? Sure, it tacks on time to your recipe prep, but the results are more than worth the minimal time and effort. As soon as spices are ground (often months earlier, if buying preground spices), aroma and flavor begins to dissipate; wait a year to use your spice stash, and you'll be working with what's essentially lightly scented dust. Instead, make the extra effort; trust us, you'll be a freshly ground convert once you taste the difference.


Open the Pods

Firmly press down on each cardamom pod with the flat side of a sturdy chef's knife. (It's the same method one employs to peel garlic cloves.) Pry open the cracked pod, pick out the seeds housed within, and discard the outer shell of the pod.


Grind the Seeds

Transfer the cardamom seeds to a spice grinder (we use an inexpensive coffee grinder devoted solely to grinding spices), and grind until they're pulverized into a fine powder. Then get cooking!

Add freshly ground cardamom (and exotic flavor) to whipped cream, nutty granola, mango lassi, or apple crisp baked apples.

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