2000s Recipes + Menus

Cardamom Tea Granita

Serves8 as an intermezzo, or palate cleanser
  • Active time:40 min
  • Start to finish:2 hr
October 2000
  • 2 teaspoons seeds from green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon seeds from black cardamom pod
  • 1 (3- by 1-inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brewed Ethiopian spice tea
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Toast cardamom seeds and ginger in a dry 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Pour through a fine sieve lines with a paper towel into a bowl.
  • Pour into an 8- to 9-inch metal baking pan. Freeze, stirring and crushing lumps with a fork every 30 minutes, until firm but not frozen hard, about 2 hours total.
  • Scrape granita with a fork to lighten texture and serve in cordial glasses.
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