Cardamom: Green Gold


With the first monsoon drizzle, milky cardamom chai begins to simmer in saucepans across India.  The sweet fragrance of this precious spice takes tea from ordinary to exotic.

Cardamom Chai
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon strong black tea leaves
  • 1 pod of green cardamom: crushed and powdered
  • A sliver of fresh ginger-root, crushed
  • sugar to your taste


  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the tea leaves. Let the tea leaves cook in the water on low heat for about 1 minute.
  3. Pour in the milk, and simmer again.
  4. Put in the cardamom and ginger.
  5. Add sugar.
  6. Let the chai simmer at each step.
  7. Then strain the tea and enjoy it hot, preferably with rain and soulful music!

Related: Health Benefits of Ginger

Cardamom belongs to the Western Ghats, where it grew lush and wild long before we realized its wondrous qualities. Over the centuries, healers across the planet found ways to harness its goodness, and today, life is sort of unimaginable without the lovely cardamom.

Cardamom Cares

Cardamom lavishes you with health benefits. This ‘warm’ spice, with its pleasant aroma and delicate flavor is already a staple in our chai, but it’s a good idea to think up ways to get more cardamom into our plates and bowls, because look at the health-pampering things it can do:

–  Relieves stomach and menstrual cramps

–  Improves digestion

–  Brings relief from acidity. Bye-bye, heartburn

–  Boosts blood circulation to the lungs

–  Cures coughs and colds—just slurp some crushed cardamom with honey, and watch that cough vamoose.

Scent Your Romance With Cardamom

The Chinese mandarins are said to have chewed cardamom pods when they were granted an audience by the Emperor to ensure that their breath stayed fragrant when they stood before the ‘Son of Heaven.’ You can do the same on a date; Go on, pop a few cardamom seeds into your mouth, and munch. Now inch closer confidently…

And guess what, the Arabs believe it’s an aphrodisiac (sure, pop another one!)

Cardamom Chronicles

Cardamom finds eminent mention in India’s oldest classical texts, the Vedas.

Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world, second only to saffron!

The ancient Greeks and Romans used cardamom in perfumes.

The Romans realized that cardamom could counteract the effects of over- indulgence in drinking alcohol.

The Nawabs of Awadh, famed for their indulgent lifestyle, chewed green cardamom seeds covered in silver and gold leaves that had been dipped in tobacco-laced rose water for their daily nicotine fix.

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Nittin Kumar
Nittin Kumar4 years ago

Very interesting method. Thanks.

Nittin Kumar
Nittin Kumar4 years ago

thanks for help.

Vimal Dev
Vimal Dev4 years ago

Thank you :)

Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh4 years ago

thanks for info.

Karan Dawar
Karan Dawar4 years ago

good lovely.......

Black Magic
Black Magic4 years ago

nice one.

rj Ponty
rj Ponty4 years ago

nice one.

Muher Khuda
Muher Khuda4 years ago


Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra4 years ago

excellent work...

Binny Stave
Binny Stave4 years ago