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Cardamom Tea | How to make Cardamom Powder | Kitchen Basics

Marriage has brought a lot of changes in my food habits, and most of you know I started to love Bittermelon (Pavakkai), Mushroom, Dals & sweets which I never really enjoyed or rather liked earlier. I must say that this cardamom tea is one such which I never fail to have almost daily. I would skip one or two days a week but yet I would have this craving to have Cardamom tea again. My parents are tea lovers and without tea their day would not start and somehow back then I think I saw this same tea on the table daily that I somehow did not enjoy it then. After marrying a coffee lover all I want is tea :P makes me laugh to even say it. Although I admit more work to make tea and coffee in the morning but the rebellious me still enjoys every sip of tea ;-). Having rambled enough I was thinking of doing a post of cardamom powder, since its too versatile when you make this ahead and store it in an air-tight container. Cardamom powder is used for many Indian sweets like payasam, burfi, kheers and Indian bakes like Cardamom cake, Nankhatai to name a few.

Cardamom has many health benefits from detoxification, oral health, digestion and so on, you can read more about it here. Usually its the seeds in the cardamom pods that hold flavour and you can remove the seeds and then blend to have a powder, but I felt that using the pods/ shells reduces the work, later you can sieve it to get a fine powder.


Prep time - 10 mins
Makes - 1 and 1/4 cup cardamom powder
Storing suggestion - in an air-tight container in room temperature 


Cardamom seeds- 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 th cup


Using a mixer blend the sugar and cardamom pods for 3-4 minutes giving an interval of 30 seconds every minute. This is to avoid the mixer becoming really hot. later sieve this powder to grind again, let it cool down completely. Store in an air-tight container and use as and when required.



Tea powder - 3 teaspoons ( I used Taj Mahal Gold)
Water - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Milk - 1 and 12 cup
Sugar - 3 tsp (as required)


In a saucepan bring water to a boil, add tea powder and let it boil further for a minute, now add milk, let it boil, add the sugar and cardamom powder and switch off

Serve hot along with crisps or snacks 

Cooks Wisdom

- You can remove the shells of the cardamom and use only the seeds to make a fine powder
- Tea can be made with boiling tea powder in milk or with water and then adding milk. Since I used full fat milk I used water to make the tea
- Store the cardamom powder in a moisture free air tight jar for long life. I usually prefer this powder every month and store it 
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  1. just like you, i have a dabba of cardamom powder in my pantry all the time. i never fail to make tea with cardamom anytime i crave for it... the tea looks delicious...

  2. i crush cardamom pods jus before making tea.. am bit lazy to prepare the powder.. btw tea looks gr8... v inviting.. :)

  3. i still cant eat karela eventhouh my hubby will die for it :) I love cardamom tea,but never went through the trouble of powdering it as i only have it once in a while, so I have no option rather than just opening the pods take the seeds out and put in the boiling tea when i want cardamom tea :)

  4. marriage do change everything in our life ! But in a good way ! My hubby does not even know what is filter without filter coffee its a tough start for him .. I am very poor in tea making but when mother makes, Cann't say no ! lovely captured.

  5. Very flavourful tea, my FIL's fav tea... beautiful clicks Priya...

  6. who will say no to this flavourful tea dear,....i can have it n number of times....

  7. I too lazy to make cardamom powder, every time i crush cardamom pods and use it my sweets and rarely in tea..i love this cardamom tea rarely :) tea n biscuits looks inviting!

  8. Healthy and refreshing looking tea. Cardamom makes it more aromatic.

  9. I just use my mortar and pestle to grind cardamom before using.. Very useful post.. Flavorful tea..

  10. Priya, every time I come here there is something new for me to look around.Other than the hot cardamom tea which I really love and make all the time,the punch line stole my heart,I have not noticed it before.

  11. Nice post useful for beginners!!

  12. Hi nice blog :-) . is there a way to make cardamom powder without sugar? Its for my 10months old baby for whom we haven't introduced salt n sugar but should add cardamom in many of his foods!!


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