Eat This Now: Cardamom
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
From the March 2011 issue of Runner’s World
Make a yummy masala chai with this healthy and aromatic spice
By Yishane Lee
GOOD FOR YOU
Studies show that this aromatic spice may enhance the activity of natural killer cells. These vital cells protect against tumour growth and viruses. A 2009 study also found that cardamom can help lower blood pressure, block the formation of blood clots, and improve antioxidant levels.
GET THE BEST
For the best flavour, buy whole cardamom pods, available in spice aisles. Pods simply labelled “cardamom” are usually the green variety and have a delicate flavour. Black cardamom is bolder and smoky. Split the pod and grind the seeds as needed. Store away from heat and light for up to a year.
To make masala chai, the classic Indian milk tea, grind seeds of two cardamom pods, a small cinnamon stick, three cloves, two black peppercorns, and one star anise. Put in a saucepan; add one cup each water and milk, a slice of fresh ginger, and three teaspoons black tea. Boil, remove from heat, and steep three minutes. Strain into mugs; add sugar to taste.
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