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Basmati Rice with Black Cardamom and Lime

One of the places black cardamom does play the lead is in simple rice dishes. Once again, dried chiles provide a spicy compliment to the pods' smokey resin flavors. But the real hero is lime juice, the perfect balance to black cardamom. The result is a hot, slightly sweet, and surprisingly complex rice dish perfect as a side for greens, lentils, or simply-cooked meat. [Pictured: Black cardamom pods.]

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