FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH

Green Cardomom

Cardamom, they are recognised by their small seed pods, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small black seeds.

It has an aromatic spice indigenous to south India and Sri Lanka, cardamom seeds come from a plant belonging to the ginger family. Cardamom has a wonderful aroma and an enticing warm, spicy-sweet flavour.

The whole pods can be added to dishes, or the seeds can be extracted and either added whole or ground. It is the world's third-most expensive spice, surpassed in price per weight only by vanilla and saffron. 

RECIPE

Masala Chai

You can enjoy this month's Spice of the Month, to make a pot of delicious Masala Chai. This is a spicy yet sweet, aromatic tea which offers great health benefits and warmth for all seasons.

** Masala Chai Mix can be bought from the cafe, already prepared to use; pop in today to get yours**

INGREDIENTS
  1. black tea, teabag (or use leaves)
  2. cup water or more, depending on how many people will be drinking
  3. 1 -2 cardamom seed, cracked

METHOD

Method

  1. Using a small milk pan or pot, add the boil water over the hob,
  2. Add the teabag and cracked cardomom to the  water and bring to the boil,
  3. If adding milk, add milk (to preference of strength of tea),
  4. Bring to the boil again, and then reduce heat to allow to simmer for 5 mins,
  5. Using a tea strainer, pour tea into mug, sweeten to taste and enjoy!