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 (kär′də-məm) or car·da·mon (-mən)
a. A rhizomatous herb (Elettaria cardamomum) native to South Asia, having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice.
b. The capsules or seeds of this plant, used especially in South and Southeast Asian cuisine and in baked goods. In both subsenses, also called green cardamom.
2. Black cardamom.

[Middle English cardamome, from Old French cardemome, from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, probably haplology for *kardamamōmom : kardamon, garden cress (of Near Eastern origin; akin to Akkadian kuddimmu, garden cress, whose seeds are used as a condiment and spice in Asian cuisines) + amōmon, an Indian spice, probably black cardamom; akin to Akkadian ḫamīmu and Aramaic ḥəmāmā, an aromatic, perhaps a kind of cardamom.]
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(ˈkɑːdəməm) or




1. (Plants) a tropical Asian zingiberaceous plant, Elettaria cardamomum, that has large hairy leaves
2. (Cookery) the seeds of this plant, used esp as a spice or condiment
3. (Plants) a related East Indian plant, Amomum cardamomum, whose seeds are used as a substitute for cardamom seeds
[C15: from Latin cardamōmum, from Greek kardamōmon, from kardamon cress + amōmon an Indian spice]
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(ˈkɑr də məm)

also car•da•mon



the aromatic seed capsules of a tropical Asian plant, Elettaria cardamomum, of the ginger family, used as a spice or condiment and in medicine.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cardamōmum < Greek]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cardamom - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoningcardamom - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning
cardamum, cardamom, cardamon - aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.cardamom - aromatic seeds used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
cardamom, cardamon, Elettaria cardamomum - rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning
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[ˈkɑːdəməm] Ncardamomo m
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[ˈkɑːrdəməm] ncardamome f
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nKardamom m or nt
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[ˈkɑːdəməm] cardamon [ˈkɑːdəmən] ncardamomo
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'A little flour, a little butter and a mouthful of cardamoms,' Kim retorted, flushed with the praise, but still cautious -'Does one grow rich on that?
This is a handful of cardamoms, This is a lump of ghi: This is millet and chillies and rice, A supper for thee and me!
In 2009, with support from the Forestry Administration, Wildlife Alliance leased over 18,000ha to found a wildlife sanctuary and develop the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Programme that covered the entire Southern Cardamoms.
Ingredients 4 teaspoons mustard oil 6 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 black cardamom 4 green cardamoms 1 bay leaf 2 onions, chopped 1/2kg mutton 1 teaspoon garlic paste 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 green chilli 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (as per taste) 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1 small tomato, paste 1 teaspoon meat masala powder 2 cups water Preparation In a pressure cooker, add mustard oil.
Chicken rogan josh Serves 4 500g skinless chicken fillets, cubed 2 large red onion, sliced 200g chopped tinned tomatoes 4 whole green cardamoms 1/2 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp paprika 1/2 cup thick yoghurt 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp chilli powder 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp grated ginger 600ml chicken stock Salt to taste 2 tbsp cooking oil Handful fresh coriander, chopped Method Pour the cooking oil in a large saucepan and heat over a medium flame.
For centuries, the Cardamoms offered refuge to people on the run from the law or those who simply didn't want to be a part of the communities that occupied the country's lowlands.
"YOUR mention of cardamoms had me wondering - what's the difference between green ones and brown ones?" asks Kathy Hayes, of Bletchley, Bucks.
500g fresh rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 4cm chunks; 2 oranges, peeled and segmented with a knife (squeeze any juice left on the membrane and keep it); 125g blueberries; 4-6 green cardamoms, bruised; 1 vanilla pod, split; 150-175g caster sugar; vanilla ice cream to serve
The Cardamoms was largely inaccessible to outsiders due to Khmer Rouge guerrilla activities and the presence of numerous land mines.
Despite the government having had decided to buyback unsold cardamoms from the farmers, the price of this spice which was Nu 500 per kg for two days has plummeted again.
3 tablespoons sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter 2 cups crumbled cottage cheese 400 grams (1 can) condensed milk 5-6 crushed green cardamoms A few strands of saffron dissolved in 1 tablespoon of warm milk 250g cream cheese 4 tablespoons icing sugar Pista, cashew slivers to garnish PREPARATION Start by crushing the biscuits to crumbs or use a blender to make the same.
Once hot, add the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, 2 tbsp ground almonds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 3 black cardamoms 4 green cardamoms 2 bay leaves 2 cinnamon sticks 5 whole cloves 1/2 cup lamb/vegetable stock 1/4 cup double cream A handful of chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp cooking oil Salt to taste cinnamon sticks and the remaining grated onion.