The Cardamom Hills are a huge tropical forest world in southern Indians Idduki district of Kerala. Ranks of outsized cretaceous-looking plants flourish in the shade of tall trees and in the raised altitude of the hills, to produce tiny green fruits. Keralans pods are superior to others, for they’re harvested at the correct green, after the kringa stage, when all the immature white seeds are fully-fledged, fragrant and black. Cardamom makes this pilau rice drop-dead gorgeous.
Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, then add the spices and heat for a few seconds, or until they waft fragrant and begin to make popping noises. Stir in the rice, then add about
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