In a nutshell: Our black cardamom pods are dried over a slow fire giving the seeds a lovely smoky flavour and releasing their bright peppery, camphor-like notes. Will add some intriguing flavour to all curries, soups and stews.
Indian Black Cardamom pods are used in many savoury Pakistani and north Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and lamb curries. An eccentric spice, black cardamom is more earthy and aromatic than green cardamom, with a less pronounced peppery taste. It tends to be less sweet. The difference between black and green cardamom is important to remember: black is not an effective green cardamom substitute.
Our Black Cardamom pods are dried over a slow fire, giving their camphor-like seeds a smoky aroma. The seed pods may not be pretty, but what they hold inside is truly remarkable! With a mortar and pestle, simply pound and peel the shells to release the aromatic seeds within. In addition to curries, Indian Black Cardamom pods can also be used to flavour soups, stews, and sometimes chai.
About Épices De Cru
Épices De Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.