Black Cardamom Pods, Whole

Our whole fresh black cardamom pods are sourced in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas. Open a package and the first thing you'll notice is the smokiness. That's because they're dried over a slow fire.

We give you access to the exact same black cardamom that we regularly supply to Michelin star chefs across the country.

Black cardamom adds serious depth and complexity to Indian dishes. But don't confuse black cardamom with green cardamom. Black cardamom is smoky, earthier and and has less camphor notes.

When a recipe calls for black cardamom powder, simply squeeze the pods, remove the seeds, and discard the shells. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the seeds. Continue grinding until the seeds turn into a powder.

Complements meat, rice and North Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka and lamb curry.

One other thing I want you to know. This cardamom and all of our spices are unbelievably fresh because we buy right from the farms in India in small batches. Nothing ever sits. You'll see what I mean the moment you open the package.

  • Fresh whole black cardamom pods dried over a slow fire
  • From a small farm at the base of the Indian Himalayas
  • Smoky, bold, complex flavors
  • Complements meats, rice and North Indian curries
  • Spice sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube

We normally ship within 1-2 business days after receiving your order.

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are not business days for us. We need some rest too. ;-D

We put together a Shipping FAQs page if you’d like more details on what to expect.

While Overnight is guaranteed, FedEx is no longer guaranteeing 2 Day service, though they should arrive more quickly than other options. Remember, Overnight and 2 Day items require one business day processing time, but we will ship these out first each day.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Traci A Allen
Black Cardamom Pods

Quickly received my order. They look great. I'm very satisfied with my experience.

chicken korma game changer

After trying an incredible chicken korma at our local Indian restaurant, I wanted to re-create at home. I had run out of green cardamom and also wanted to try out black cardamom, restock my cumin & coriander. So glad I found Reluctant Trader -- the quality of each of these spices is on another level. Knowing how these spices are sourced and your story makes them extra amazing. Keeping doing all the great things.

Love this

Smoky, black,wonderful. This is possibly the very best black cardamom I've ever purchased. Very, very, very satisfied with EVERY aspect of my experience. Will definitely continue ordering from Reluctant zTr
Trading. I suggest you do the same.

Jeff J
Black Cardamom Pods

The black cardamom I received from Reluctant Trading was excellent. From packaging, to service, to my bbq sauce, I was quite pleased. The quality is top notch and will be back to buy more.

Unique flavors, thoughtfully curated

I wanted to step my pepper game up to match my salt game and found this gem of a company. Really interesting and well cared for spices. The flavors have been outstanding. The designs of the accessories they curate are lovely as well.