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25 cardamom recipes

Published: July 7, 2021 at 4:41 pm
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Make the most of this pungent spice with our easy recipes, from warming curries to aromatic puddings and satisfying desserts you can make in minutes

Looking for cardamom recipes? Want the best curry recipes? Try our biscuits, dessert and drink ideas featuring cardamom, then check out our pistachio recipes, ginger bakes or saffron recipes for even more subtly spiced and aromatic dishes.


Easy cardamom recipes

Cardamom and apricot tarte tatin

Cardamom provides ample spice in this super juicy apricot tarte tatin, tempered by a side of no-churn chai ice cream.

A tarte tatin with a scoop of ice cream on top, on a purple plate with a mottled pink stone background

Cardamom buns

Flavoured with fragrant cardamom, make this cheat’s version of a classic spiced Swedish bun for a teatime treat.

Cardamom custard buns (skolebrød)

If you love cardamom buns but think they’re too complicated to make, check out these traditional custard buns from Norway, known as skolebrød or ‘school bread’.

A black cooling rack topped with round buns with yellow custard on top

Nankhatai (cardamom biscuits)

Prove your baking skills this weekend with aromatic, cardamom-infused biscuits baked with pistachio and ghee. Serve with hot masala chai for best results.

A batch of biscuits cooling on a wire rack

Spatchcock cardamom poussin with lentils and harissa

Try chef Rosie Healey's aromatic poussin dish with cardamom for a dinner party main with serious wow factor. You'll find this dish on the menu at Glasgow's Gloriosa.

Spatchcock cardamom poussin with lentils and harissa

Mutton keema

Cardamom, Indian bay leaves and cumin seeds are key in this meaty mutton keema, brought to you by Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express.

A mutton curry with mint leaves on top

Honey baklava

Four types of nut, cardamom and cinnamon make up this baklava, made sweeter and stickier with the addition of salted honey sauce.

Salted honey baklava

Lamb koftas with jewelled rice

These impressive lamb koftas, presented on a bed of vibrant jewelled rice, use a fragrant blend of cardamon pods, cumin, coriander, saffron and pistachios.

A platter of lamb koftas with pomegranate rice

Cardamom chicken curry

This low-calorie chicken curry is packed with plenty of flavour thanks to cardamom, ginger and chillies, making a perfect comfort meal for all the family.

Cardamom Chicken Curry Recipe

Spiced chai banana bread

This exciting masala chai twist on a classic offers warming, aromatic flavours thanks to cardamom, nutmeg and ginger.

For more bakes and recipe inspiration, check out our banana recipes.

A fresh sliced banana loaf

Lemon and pistachio bakewell tart

This gently warming pistachio bakewell tart, flavoured with cardamom and studded with pistachios, is a zingy spin on a classic.

An iced bakewell tart with pistachios

Black sesame and cardamom tacos

These indulgent black sesame and cardamom tacos make an impressive dessert fit for a special family treat. This recipe comes from chef Jackson Berg from moveable restaurant Xiringuito in Liverpool.

Black sesame and cardamom taco from Xiringuit, liverpool

Syrian chicken with bulgur wheat (burghul bl jaj)

Cardamon and cinnamon add a fragrant edge to these Syrian chicken thighs, served on top of raisin-studded bulgur wheat for a colourful dinner. This recipe comes from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen in London.

A chicken thigh dish topped with pomegranates

Saffron and cardamom rice pudding

Romy Gill’s delicately spiced, aromatic rice pudding makes brilliant use of cardamom and saffron, and would make a special dessert for any occasion.

Saffron and cardamom rice pudding

Sea salt and cardamom pretzels

The perfect balance of sweet and savoury, have a go at making these moreish sea salt pretzels using fragrant cardamom for a subtle spiced finish. Serve with soft cheese and wild honey, if you like.

Pretzel Recipe with Cardamon

Spiced coffee kulfi

Make the most of coffee granules with Nik Sharma's Indian frozen dessert, flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and star anise.

Three different shaped containers full of coffee kulfi

Filo pastry with strawberries, rosewater and cardamom cream

This subtly floral filo pastry with strawberries, rosewater and cardamom cream is a lovely and light dessert for summer evenings. This recipe comes from Morito, Hackney.

No-churn Vietnamese coffee ice cream

This quick condensed milk ice cream is made extra fragrant thanks to cardamom and cinnamon, inspired by Vietnamese-style iced coffee.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Melon granita with cardamom cream

A brilliant make-ahead summer dessert, whip up this melon granita with cardamom cream in 30 minutes for your next dinner party.

melon granita with cardamom cream

Mango and cardamom shrikhand

This recipe for shrikhand, a traditional Indian dessert made from strained yogurt, is flavoured with mango and cardamom, and topped with a crunchy pistachio garnish.

Bitter orange and cardamom martinis

Martinis never fail to impress. For your next drinks party, give these bitter orange and cardamom cocktails a go, with added marmalade and lemon juice for an extra kick of flavour.

Vodka Martini with Bitter Orange and Cardamom

Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns

These Scandinavian-style buns are flavoured with cardamom and filled with raspberries to make a sweet and moreish treat which family and friends will love.

Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns

Cardamom rice pudding

Creamy baked rice pudding is one of our favourite comfort foods, and this subtly spiced cardamom version is no different. It makes a great easy sharing dessert to serve up to the family after Sunday lunch.

Slow-braised lamb shanks with coconut and cardamom

In this special meal for two, slow-braised lamb shanks are flavoured with coconut and cardamom to make a delicious, fall-off-the-bone meat in a lightly spiced sauce.

Slow-braised lamb shanks with coconut and cardamom

Homemade shrubs

Grapefruit and cardamom mix to make a tangy fruity shrub – the perfect non-alcoholic thirst quencher at summer get-togethers.

Three homemade shrubs in tumbler glasses on a white marble table

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