With springtime right around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to put a fresh spin on family recipes. To help us, Shipt turned to chef Hetal Vasavada, who you might know better as Milk & Cardamom! She’s a baker, cookbook author, former Masterchef contestant — and you guessed it — an expert when it comes to dishes using cardamom.
Cardamom has become a trendy spice to use as of late in recipes from morning coffee and breakfast to desserts, thanks to its complex and distinctive taste. But while cardamom’s popularity is still growing in the states, the spice has been a staple in Indian cuisine for centuries. “Cardamom is like Indian vanilla,” says Hetal, the daughter of immigrants from western India. “It’s in everything — especially desserts.”
Over the years, Hetal has blended dishes from her Indian heritage with her American upbringing to introduce flavors like Cardamom to a brand new audience. In particular, she’s on a mission to teach people how to use Indian cooking techniques to transform simple family meals into something a lot more flavorful (and without much extra effort). Straight from the kitchen of Milk and Cardamom, Shipt is proud to share a few of Hetal’s favorite recipes for the family.
Banana Oatmeal Bowl with Apple Compote and Grapes
Oatmeal is a dish that Hetal’s mom made for her growing up, but “Indian oatmeal is so different – it’s more milky and loose, almost like rice pudding,” she says. Now, Hetal makes it for her daughter too, but with a fresh spin. She adds fruit as the perfect complement to the cinnamon-cardamom flavored oatmeal, for a perfectly sweet breakfast dish that kids love as it nourishes them.
- 1/2 apple, diced
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom, freshly ground
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, rolled
- Purple grapes, sliced
- Sliced banana
In a small saucepan, combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and lemon juice. Cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until sugar has dissolved and apples are soft.
Blend milk, water, and banana until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add oats and salt, then stir over heat for 5 minutes. Cover and set aside.
Spoon oatmeal into bowl and top with apple compote, grapes, strawberries, and banana and enjoy!
Strawberry and Cardamom Crème Brûlée
“Dessert is a necessity,” Hetal told us. We dare not disagree, so she showed us how to make her famous Strawberry and Cardamom Crème Brûlée. Hetal says this comforting dessert might look hard to make, but it’s actually fast and simple with the right tools. Whether looking to serve up something sweet for a special occasion or just family night, this unique treat is sure to dazzle every member of your family.
- 4 strawberries, sliced
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/2 tsp cardamom, freshly ground
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (for sugar crust)
Add strawberries to the bottom of four ramekins and place in cooking sheet.
Pour heavy cream, milk, and cardamom into small saucepan. Scald milk over medium heat while stirring and after two minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and set aside (bubbles should form).
In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and salt for one minute. Slowly pour hot milk over egg mixture while stirring to ensure eggs don’t curdle. Continue to mix for one minute.
Strain mixture into a measuring cup and evenly divide the mixture into ramekins. Pour hot water into roasting pan until ramekins are partially submerged.
Cover pan with foil and bake at 325°F for 25-30 minutes until middle of crème brûlée has set.
Remove from heat and cool for 4-5 hours at room temperature. When ready to serve, sprinkle sugar onto each crème brûlée and use cooking torch to melt until caramelized.
Interested to try your hand at some Indian-inspired dishes? Shipt has everything you need to make Hetal’s delicious cardamom recipes for your own family, brought to your door in as soon as one hour!