Green cardamom has an elusive flavor unlike any other spice: floral and aromatic, delicate and strong (a little definitely goes a long way). Here are seven ideas from the creative home cooks on Chowhound for ways to use cardamom beyond flavoring chai.

1. Cardamom pairs well with fruit in both sweet and savory recipes—try using it with orange in a glaze for meats, with peaches for roasted pork, or as a surprising twist for applesauce. —tastesgoodwhatisit

2. Sprinkle a little cardamom over a grapefruit half for breakfast. —JungMann

3. Try this delicious chicken curry from food writer Monica Bhide, spiked with both green and slightly smoky black cardamom. —bella_sarda

4. Make cardamom-scented oatmeal pancakes with apricots and almonds from Mark Bittman in the New York Times. —goodhealthgourmet

5. Next time you make rice, try infusing it with whole green cardamom pods and another whole spice like cinnamon or cumin for an intoxicatingly fragrant side. —Chi_Guy

6. Use it to flavor a sweet and spicy dip for fruit: • 1 heaping tablespoon cardamom seeds • 1 large container sour cream • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish or to taste • 1 rounded tablespoon | Crush cardamom in a mortar until nearly powdered. Combine with other ingredients; stir well. Let sit at least an hour for the flavors to meld before serving with sliced fruits (apples, pears, oranges, strawberries). —Caroline1

7. Bake pulla, Finland’s traditional cardamom-scented coffee bread. —kitchensalli

More on green cardamom:
Cardamom—how do you use it?
What’s with cardamom?
Cardamom seeds

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