An Indian herb having capsular fruits with aromatic seeds used as a spice or condiment. It is most commonly used in chicken and lamb dishes, chai tea, chili, stews, and to season rice. Black cardamom pods measure 3 cm in length. Ideally, purchase whole pods and store them away from light. Don't use the entire pod, it should be removed.
It is similar to green cardamom, but is not recommended to be a substitute as the flavors are very different. Black cardamom has a deeper, more smoky flavor because it is traditionally dried over open flame. It is not suggested to eat raw and should be roasted.
It is the primary ingredient in garam masala, along with coriander, cloves, peppercorns, and cinnamon.