Cardamom has one of those tastes that’s a bit hard to describe. It’s not hot spicy but, it has a bite. It’s kinda minty and even a bit sweet. It tastes like anise or licorice and is used in both savory and sweet foods.
|Pods in my palm!|
Cardamom tea is basically a combination of red (black) tea, milk, some sweetener, and of course, cardamom seeds. It’s quite simple and easy to make at home. I used Assam as my tea of choice just because it’s a nice strong tea that goes well mixed with other ingredients.
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of Assam tea
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 – 10 cardamom pods
- Raw sugar to taste
1. Bring water to a full boil in a sauce pan on the stove top.
2. Add Assam tea and allow to steep for about a minute.
3. Split the cardamom pods with a knife and dump into the tea. Crush them with a wooden spoon.
4. Simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes before straining all the large particles with a sieve.
5. Bring the tea back to the stove and add milk. I just eyed it looking for a colour.
6. Stir in some raw sugar or honey to taste.
7. Heat for another minute or two and then pour into cups and enjoy.
This tea really hits the spot on a cold, winter's day. Also, it partners very well with spicy cuisines. It’s great for those that love Masala Chai but want something with a little less punch. Cardamom provides just the right kick!