These light green oval pods are known as elaichi in Hindi. Green cardamom pods are highly aromatic and very fragrant, with a sweet, nutty taste. Encased in the pod are 12-15 tiny black seeds that hold the flavor. Cardamom is often used in rices, puddings and simmered dishes. It is best to bruise the pod before adding to the dish to release flavor. Cardamom's medicinal uses include; relieving stomach aches, sore throats and drinking it in tea relieves headaches. Chewing pods may also be used as a digestive and mouth freshener.
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