Assorted Volatile Oils
The aromatic sweet spicy and floral scent of the cardamom pods in chai masala often ‘greets’ us at train stops in India. Called the ‘queen of spices’ cardamom is grown in India, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Guatemala. The more popular cardamoms, called lesser or true cardamom, are sold as whole (green or bleached white pods), crushed, or as ground seeds. The smoky and pungent greater or false cardamons, are sold as large dark brown pods. Green cardamon enhances Indian kormas, Iranian pilafs or North African kabsah, as well as arabic coffees, North Indian rice puddings, and danish pastries. False cardamon is crushed and braised for vindaloos, snacks or pilafs.