Cardamom (Elaichi) is the third most expensive spice after vanilla & saffron and definitely the most used spice for making sweets in India. Flavor, aroma, and a minty taste is what makes it so popular all over the world.
Its health benefits are however not so commonly known…
Used in many mouth fresheners, cardamom truly refreshes the breath, but it is also recommended to relieve dental problems according to ancient Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Your stomach benefits from it too as it cures gastrointestinal problems and inhibits the growth of dangerous microbes that cause food poisoning!
Cardamom detoxifies the body of free radicals to keep cancer and premature aging away. So next time you complement someone for looking younger, ask them if their secret is cardamom! 😀
A cup of tea with a either a pinch of cardamom powder or even a whole cardamom (in case you don’t have cardamom powder or are too lazy to make some in your grinder), will keep you free from respiratory problems and nausea. A nice cup of Indian tea made with some tea masala (contains cardamom) refreshes us instantly. This is because cardamom works as an anti-depressant to keep you in good spirits. Its anti-inflammatory & anti-spasmodic properties aid in relieving muscle & joint pain and spasms.
Cardamom although used in little quantities, does contain vitamins and essential minerals to keep you healthy. Just add a pinch or two to your daily cup of tea.
If you like tea masala, here is my simple recipe to make one at home, although you do get ready-made tea masalas in the market!
Recipe for my homemade tea masala ( ~ 5 gm)
2-3 black pepper
1 tiny bay leaf
1 tiny piece of cinnamon
Recipe: Roast all of these very lightly in a pan… for a minute. Grind them to a fine powder. Use 1/4 tsp for 5-7 cups of tea. Add a pinch to make a single cup of refreshing tea.
Cardamom powder is easily available in the market, but if you would like to make some at home… here’s the secret to make it into a fine powder quickly. Just add a little regular sugar to the seeds of the peeled cardamom pods and grind it!