What is: Cardamom is considered a deep, warm spice similar to cinnamon and nutmeg. Very strong flavor and scent.
Uses: Extensively used in Indian & Middle eastern cooking. Very versatile. Can be used in dishes, desserts, and even beverages like tea/coffee. Commonly found in spice combinations along with cinnamons and clove, and also garam masala.
Benefits: Commonly used to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and much more. This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
Taste: Very herbal, spicy, and somber taste.
How to store: Store in air-tight spice container
Name of Dish: Chicken Curry with Chopped Onions & Tomatoes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6 people
What to serve with: Basmati rice (white or brown), chapatti, or ciabatta bread
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 6 green cardamom pods, crushed lightly
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 5 fresh chopped green chili peppers
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. minced ginger
- 1.5 chopped cups of tomatoes
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp. coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
- 3 pounds whole chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup water
How to Make This Recipe:
- Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat and cook cardamom, cinnamon, green chili for about 1 minute
- Add onions and cook over medium-heat until reaches medium-brown for 7 minutes
- Add ginger and garlic, sauté for 3 minutes (done so that raw flavor disappears)
- Add tomato, cook for 5 minutes or until everything blends (you will notice shine on top of curry)
- Mix in coriander, cumin, garam masala, fenugreek leaves, turmeric, paprika, and salt. Add yogurt a little at time to prevent curdling until everything’s infused. About 1 minute.
- Add chicken and water. Cover the pan and cook over high-heat for 5 minutes. Then reduce heat and cook on medium for 10 minutes while constantly stirring.
- Dish is done when chicken is tender. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with cilantro.
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