Cardamom Recipes for Children with Cancer

foodiefriday-wp-logoHey there Fans – it is Foodie Friday again so, following on our post about the health and cancer-fighting benefits of cardomom yesterday, here are some great cardomom recipes that both you and your Child with Cancer are sure to thoroughly enjoy!

Please remember that if there are any specific recipes that you would like for your Child with Cancer (something with their favourite foods) that you think will help them to eat when they are feeling poorly from their cancer treatment, drop us a line on our Contact Us page and we will be happy to research some easy recipes for you.

The same goes for any other information that you would like about Childhood Cancer ~ this blog is for YOU so we always try to post information that you need and/or want.

Have fun trying out the following recipes and let us know what they are like and whether your child enjoyed them.

Elaichi Chaa (Indian Cardamom Tea) Recipe

Prep time : 5 mins | cook time : 5 mins | serves : 2 cups


  • Cardamom – 3 pods
  • Milk  – 2 cups
  • Sugar – as needed
  • Tea powder – 1 tsp


  1. Crush cardamom pods to coarse level and keep aside
  2. Bring the milk to a boil – once it starts boiling, add the tea powder, crushed cardamom, and sugar.
  3. Allow it to boil for 2 mins and drain through a filter or tea strainer
  4. Enjoy hot with biscuits or buns

Add more cardamom or use less according to taste. You can use normal cow’s milk or you can make this drink richer by using coconut or almond milk.


Masala Chai Tea

Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 10 mins    |  Serves: 1


  • 3/4 cup watergolden-masala-chai-tea-e1458588535847
  • 2-4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
  • Sweetener, to taste (I prefer honey or maple syrup)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant.
  3. Add the milk and tea leaves, and simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices.
  5. Add sweetener, to taste.

If you want deeply flavourful tea in the morning, follow these alternate directions starting the night before.

In a small saucepan, combine the water, cardamom, cinnamon stick and star anise. Do not add the ginger yet. Bring to a boil then turn it off and cover the pan. In the morning, add the sliced ginger and bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Add the milk and tea leaves, and simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes. Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the tea and spices. Add sweetener, to taste.


Tahini Cardamom Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Blend time: 5 mins    |  Serves: 1


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 2 pitted dates, fresh or soaked
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame tahini
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom, freshly ground
  • pinch of salt


  1. Blend well in a high-speed blender.
  2. Enjoy!

You can use coconut milk or almond milk instead of cow’s milk to make this smoothie for an even more nutritional drink.


Cardamom-Honey Roasted Baby Carrot Recipe


  • ½-pound baby carrots, greens removed (except for the bottom bit if desired)cardamom-honey-roasted-baby-carrots
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center.
  2. Peel the carrots and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. In a very small bowl mix the honey with the oil, cardamom and salt.
  4. Use a pastry brush (or your fingers), to thinly coat the carrots with a bit of the honey mixture. (Keep the rest on hand for basting.)
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated 400 degree F oven and roast the carrots — basting them every 8 minutes or so, until they are very tender, about 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven and baste a final time so they’ll be shiny for a pretty presentation.
  6. Serve!


Pumpkin Zucchini Bread with Cardamom Recipe

Prep Time: 20 mins    |  Cook time: 60 mins    |  Serves: 12


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (1 small zucchini)
  • 1 small ear of corn (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bread pan with cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, olive oil, vanilla, zucchini, and corn.
  3. In small bowl, mix together flour, cardamom, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients. Pour in a bread pan, and bake for 45 minutes to one hour. You may have extra batter you can place in a muffin pan.
  5. Let cool and Enjoy!


We hope that you enjoy trying out these nutritional and tasty recipes and that they help your child eat a bit better and also inspire you to try out more recipes of your own using cardamom. Cardamom can be bought in most supermarkets and/or spice shops either in pod or powder form.



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 3 February, 2017, in Alternative Treatments, Blog, Cancer Treatments, recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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