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Cardamom. Loads of it!

 
 
Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:27 am
I was given a big bag of fresh cardamom in India. Straight from a tea plantation where it grows. I do use it for my tea and coffee, but at this pace (using 1/2 to 1 seed a day) it will last until the Judgment Day. Know of any good recipes that use cardamom? I don't bake much, real food is more what I'm after. Though if interesting enough, I'll give baking a whack, too.

Thanks!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:55 am
http://www.avalon.net/~slainte/favrec.html

http://recipes.epicurean.com/asc_results.jsp?ingredients=Cardamom

http://fooddownunder.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=cardamom


Better fire up the oven, Dag. You've got LOTS of baking to do! Very Happy
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:23 am
damn... ok, lemme look at those. ya got anything involving meat and potatoes there?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:24 am
haha, I like the "Boys Favourite Buns" recipe from the first batch... what a name!
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:50 am
hmmm. what is a ghee?
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:51 am
An Indian clarified fat. Very rich. TOO rich for me these days.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:53 am
oh, ok.... so, would butter work instead?
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:55 am
Good old olive oil should do the trick! Not a strongly flavoured one. Or a vegetable oil.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:56 am
yay! hooray! gimme a pan! and some oil!
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:57 am
A vegetable oil is far less heavy than Ghee, dag. That's really rich.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 08:22 am
Cardomom works well with most deserts involving apples.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 05:53 pm
ghee is melted butter with all of the healthy stuff taken out of it. They skim off the milk solids whey and that sort of thing (are those the same thing?) so you're left with only saturated fat.

MsOlga has it exactly right.... veggie oil would work best.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 05:59 pm
Recipes that use ghee don't taste right unless ghee is used.

It's special occasion only food.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:01 pm
Cardamom's in many of the finest Indian sweets. It's definitely a baking staple. <trying to recall a good non-desserty recipe involving cardamom>
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:50 pm
I feel like I've seen it used somewhere else, but don't remember...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 06:52 pm
Here's one, with lamb..

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/102656
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mac11
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 07:01 pm
The difference between ghee and clarified butter is explained here:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/ClarifiedButter.html
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 02:52 am
ehBeth wrote:
Recipes that use ghee don't taste right unless ghee is used.

It's special occasion only food.


Yes, you're right, ehBeth, but it's so unhealthy to use ghee in the quantities suggested in authentic recipes! Many contemporary Indian cookbooks have now changed their recipes to healthier versions. I gave up on ghee because it didn't agree with my digestive system.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 05:52 am
I figured it out. I brought some of the cardamom to the Institute for people to use in coffee and tea. It's going slowly, but steadily. And my popularity sky-rocketed. I'm the favorite new girl. Yay!
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 05:54 am
A good cardamom tea is so refreshing! And delicious, too. Very Happy
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