How to Remove a Cardamom Seed From Cardamom Pods without crushing
Cardamom is also known as Elettaria cardamomum scientifically, it is a herbaceous plant.
The cardamom plant is part of the Ginger family of flora. The seeds of Cardamom are used as added flavor to many dishes and recipes across the world. The pods of Cardamom are also crushed and used in beverages and meals.
In some popular recipes Cardamom pods are used in tea, curry and pickles as well.
The Cardamom seeds contain oil which evaporates fast as soon as it is released from the cardamom pods.
Because the cardamom oil that is present inside Cardamom pods quickly dissipates when pod is opened, It is recommended to not open the pods and store them closed; and only crush open the pods when they are supposed to be used.
It is best to store these cardamom pods in an airtight waterproof storage container.
Firstly when you get Cardamom pods, you should let them dry outside under the sun, so almost all of the moisture is removed. It is also possible to use a drying screen to dry out your cardamom, you can simply place fresh cardamoms on one layer of the drying screen and put it under a fan or a ventilated room for sometime and they will be dried.
Once the cardamom are dried, you can remove the seeds from the cardamom pods. To remove the cardamom seeds from cardamom pods, place the dried cardamom pods in a mortar and smash it using strong stone or pestle. Do not put a lot of pressure on cardamom pods while crushing them in mortar, be gently or the seeds will also be crushed.
Press the pods gently with pestle for releasing the cardamom seeds without breaking them.