Have you ever wondered what transforms your regular milk and vermicelli into ‘Payasam’ with rich aroma and flavor? There is something about the green cardamom that can make any dish special with its fragrance and warm flavors.
Cardamom is a native Indian sweet-spice that is widely used in savory dishes like Biryani and Shahi Paneer and enjoys equal popularity with desserts like Kheer/Payasam and Indian traditional ice-cream, Kulfi.
Let’s explore how green cardamom transforms following five dishes with its magical properties.
Biryani is a South- Asian, rice based delicacy that is savored with love by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. But what makes this Mughal era dish special is the blend of rich, aromatic spices that makes it almost “ambrosial”. One such rich spice used in Biryani is green cardamom that imparts fragrance and a warm touch to the rice.
Cardamom in Payasam is like Vanilla in an ice-cream. The combination of milk and vermicelli get a completely new flavor and aroma, thanks to green pods and its black pearls. For the full, flourished flavors, it is advised to crush whole cardamom fresh and add while boiling the milk. Simmering on a low flame helps to extract all the flavors and add rich fragrance to milk.
Cardamom or elaichi cake is a popular Indian tea time snack relished with hot cuppa. This easy to make traditional cake is flavored with freshly ground cardamom. The bread cake needs no frosting and can be relished plain with any hot drink.
Though Malai Kulfi or Indian traditional ice-cream is relished even without cardamom but once you try the flavored version, trust us you will never go back to plain ones again. Just like Payasam, green cardamom adds an exotic and enticing flavor to milk making it much more relishing.
Lassi is a delicious way to start a day across North India. But then, many even prefer to end their meals with a big glass. Cardamom adds a spicy tinge to an otherwise plain sweet lassi making it much more appetizing. Use fresh ground cardamom powder and whisk properly. Don’t forget to refrigerate for an hour that will allow all the flavors to blend and settle down completely.