Cardamom powder is derived from cardamom seed commonly know as iliki in swahili ( kadyamu) , it is carefully blended to make the ground powder.
Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Black cardamom has a distinctly more smoky, though not bitter, aroma, with a coolness some consider similar to mint.
Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight but little is needed to impart flavour. It is best stored in the pod, as exposed or ground seeds quickly lose their flavour.
It is a common ingredient in east african, asian and arab cooking. It is also often used in baking and making of sweets, marinate and beverages
Green cardamom is often used in traditional Indian sweets and in masala chai (spiced tea). Both are also often used as a garnish in basmati rice and other dishes. Individual seeds are sometimes chewed and used in much the same way as chewing gum. It is used by confectionery giant Wrigley; its Eclipse Breeze Exotic Mint packaging indicates the product contains "cardamom to neutralize the toughest breath odors". It is also included in aromatic bitters, gin, and herbal teas.
Cardamom powder is widely used in Indian sweet dishes, ice creams, milk specialities, and hot masala milk. It adds flavour and aroma to many rice dishes, vegetables and other richly-flavoured dishes. It is used as a traditional flavouring in coffee and tea.