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Cardamon Plum Crumble

The last Bank Holiday of the year usually signifies the end of summer, but today felt like the first day of Autumn with a distinct chill in the air. Ever the optimist, I’m still hoping for a late Indian summer to arrive, but today was definitely a day for warming the cockles and a little inspiration.

I don’t grow a great deal of fruit and veg in my garden, but we have a plum tree tucked away in the back corner that faithfully produces fruit every year without too much fuss. It’s a bit of an unusual fruit  – the small perfect ping-pong-ball shaped and sized plums remain green even when ripe. They usually remain pretty tart to the bite even when they’re soft too. Perfect for a crumble.

I know it’s not strictly Indian, but I thought I would share my little Indian twist on a classic British pudding. Cardamon Plum Crumble.

Cardamon – as I’m sure you know is a great Indian spice. It’s a warming spice (not hot like chilli – more earthy like nutmeg perhaps), and it’s traditionally used in savoury, but also in sweet dishes in India. It’s also used in Chai – proper milky Indian tea (which is actually more like hot creamy milk, with spice and a some tea leaves!).

So why not use Cardamon in a classic crumble, instead of cinnamon or nutmeg? Hmmm. Let the experiment begin…

So I’m afraid I didn’t really weigh ingredients. These are guestimates – but crumble is fairly visual. I picked about 2 Lbs of plums  – washed and stoned (the plums, not me).

I took around 10 dried Green Cardamon Pods. I crushed them with pestle and mortar and threw away the shells. I then ground up the little seeds to powder. I mixed half the powder into a quarter cup of orange juice, and poured both over the plums in a baking dish.

These plums are not very juicy so the orange juice works to add a little extra moisture. I used about 100g of soft brown sugar over the top of the plums.

The Crumble:

I think crumble tastes better the more butter there is. Funny that. But if this winter is as bad as, well the year before last, then its good to start fattening up a little bit!

About 300g of plain flour, and 250g of butter. I used guess work for the crumble as basically you can tell if your fruit needs more of a covering. Max-out the amount of butter your flour can take.

The crumble should look like little mini popped-popcorn kernals (not powdery breadcrumbs!). To this I added a further 200g of brown sugar – mix this in with a fork so the crumbs do not form into a dough.

And then mix in the rest of the cardamon powder.

Cover the plums with the crumble mixture and bake in the oven for around 30 – 40 minutes at 180 degrees.

The juice will pour over the top of the crumble and leave a gorgeous sticky mess.

Serve hot. Yum.

I think the cardamon works really well. It adds a new depth to an old favourite.

You may want to add even more! Let me know if you give it a go. Would love to know what you think of it too.

 

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106 comments on “Cardamon Plum Crumble

  1. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere
    August 27, 2012

    I love the idea of using cardamon with plums. This looks fantastic!

    • popiabhandari
      August 28, 2012

      Let me know if you try it! Would be great to know if you think it works too!

    • MattToronto
      September 2, 2012

      Agreed, it does look great!

  2. petit4chocolatier
    August 27, 2012

    This looks delicious!

  3. roshni subudhi
    August 28, 2012

    presentation is very nice

  4. The Muddy Kitchen
    August 28, 2012

    Gorgeous plum color! I just made jam with a whole mess o’ Damson plums (also very British-esque) but still have some leftover. I think I’ll try a Cardamom Crumble!

    As usual, I’ll need to get out my calculator for figuring out what 200g’s look like in my measuring cup!

    • popiabhandari
      August 28, 2012

      Thank you! I made plum jam a couple of years ago – only I stored it in jars that I once must have stored spices in… Even though I sterilised the jars, the jam ended up tasting of chilli and cloves! Disaster.

      I really hope you like the cardamon crumble – it’s a safer bet from me! (I think 200g is about 7oz)

  5. Allison
    August 28, 2012

    This sounds like such a delicious combination of flavors!

  6. silverblackbird
    August 28, 2012

    This sounds lovely, and very fitting for our ‘summer’ 🙂 I think your plums might be greengages though? Tasty anyway!

    • Kiran
      August 28, 2012

      Ah! Thank you for letting me know! Yeap – they don’t look the most appetising but taste great. Your Blanket looks fabulous by the way!

      • silverblackbird
        August 29, 2012

        Thankyou! It’s a work in progress 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying the plum/cardamom combination next time I get hold of some (or greengages!) I love cardamom in bread, but that’s more of a scandinavian thing I think?

  7. Allie
    August 28, 2012

    beautiful post! i love your blog! i’ve always wanted to learn more about indian cuisine! i’ve never seen green plums like that before! how funny, i recently paired plums and cardamom on my blog as well: http://yinmomyangmom.com/2012/08/14/coffee-cake-with-plums-and-walnut-cardamom-streusel/ your recipe looks scrumptious, thanks for sharing!

    • Kiran
      August 28, 2012

      Great minds think alike – how cool is that!
      Love the look of your blog too and can’t wait to read more! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Anne @GtSlamseysFarm
    August 29, 2012

    Leave those plums to ripen – they look like greengages and if you leave them until they are soft they will be glorious. Plums and cardamom sound a delicious mixture – I’ve made plum jam with some mulling spices but just cardamom would be better.

    • Kiran
      August 29, 2012

      Thank you! Yeah they’re lovely when they a properly ripe – I just couldn’t resist them in a crumble. They were just sharp enough. Cardamom Plum Jam sounds really great too. Would love to know how you get on with it!

  9. df
    August 29, 2012

    I love cardamom and always have it in my kitchen; this sounds like a must-try recipe!

    • df
      August 29, 2012

      I will certainly let you know. So glad to have found your site too!

  10. stephala
    August 29, 2012

    This is a genius idea. I LOVE cardamom and can’t agree more that it would go so well with the delicious plums in season right now. I was just about to make a plum crumb, but will be sure to add cardamom.

    • Kiran
      August 29, 2012

      That’s so cool! thank you. Hope you like the flavour. Your grilled bok choy looks great too!

  11. Karl Chapman
    August 29, 2012

    this sounds amazing, I like to experiment with spices/flavours in sweet cooking too – I do a mean line in jams: blackcurrant and star anise, raspberry and lime, raspberry and cinnamon stick. It gives the jam a nice twist.

  12. Karl Chapman
    August 29, 2012

    I can see a plum and cardamom jam coming too!

  13. Kiran
    August 29, 2012

    Sounds wonderful. Yes, I think this season will see a fair few cardamom and plum jams being offered up … be an original flavour combination for jam Christmas gifts!

  14. Food Follower
    August 29, 2012

    This looks spectacular! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  15. bakedbyiris
    August 30, 2012

    Very interesting! Must try this soon.

  16. Hugs, Kisses and Snot
    August 30, 2012

    This looks yum! Have you tried using garam masala in your crumble? I love it b/c it has a lot of my favorite spices all rolled into one.

    • Kiran
      August 30, 2012

      Gosh. Hmm. Interesting. Isn’t the mix too heavy for a sweet dish? I haven’t tried it but good to hear if you do!

  17. The Confluent Kitchen
    August 30, 2012

    This looks super tasty! Can’t wait to give it a try. Just waiting for cool weather!

  18. Saartjie von Skaapstadt
    August 30, 2012

    I am keen to experiment! You mentioned chai – how about an authentic chai recipe???

  19. homeflair
    August 31, 2012

    I luv crumble and look forward to trying this out, it sounds really good! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  20. Roz Weitzman
    August 31, 2012

    I love this recipe. I will try it!
    Regards, Roz
    http://www.rozw.wordpress.com
    http://www.pinterest.com/rozweitzman

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    • Kiran
      August 31, 2012

      How flattered are we over at Kiran’s Cooking Club and Holy Cow! F.C. Thank you 🙂 The ginger sounds like a great warming addition.

  22. kiisu23
    August 31, 2012

    This looks amazing!
    As a Brit I love a good crumble and I must admit yours looks and sounds like one that would quickly become a favourite!

    • Kiran
      August 31, 2012

      Thank you!! hope you give it a try 🙂

      • kiisu23
        September 1, 2012

        I hope I get to give it a try too 🙂

  23. Mike
    August 31, 2012

    It looks absolutely yummy! And the photographs are nice. Thanks!

    • Roz Weitzman
      September 1, 2012

      Even in the spring city, Kunming, there is a very slight change in the weather to a fall-like feel in the evenings and mornings. Roz

  24. The Sandwich Lady
    August 31, 2012

    Mmmmm…this looks delicious! Used cardamom before in a recipe for spiced buttery pecans, along with cumin, chili powder and a little cayenne. Cardamom adds a wonderful dimension, sweet and smoky at the same time. Never saw green plums before; they are mostly purple and red here in the U.S. Nice post, thank you!

  25. Celiac Kiddo
    September 1, 2012

    Oh, your blog is lovely! This recipe for cardamon plum crumble looks delicious and very easy to make gluten free by just subbing out reg flour for gf. Thanks!
    -Dana

  26. The Perky Poppy Seed
    September 1, 2012

    Looks fantastic:) I have been using cardamon for years in my baking and such whenever cinnamon is there cardamon is soon to follow:) But recently, I have had the joy of encountering the lovely green cardamon pods (before I was enlightened I used the ground stuff in a jar:) Now I grate a little cardamon with a microplane and ohhh:) This recipe looks like a perfect combination with plums & cardamon:) Thank you:)

    • Kiran
      September 1, 2012

      Thank you – Yeap, cinnamon and cardamon must be distant cousins or something! 🙂

  27. kgrafix
    September 1, 2012

    Wow, very different recipe using a plum. Thanks for visiting my blog. I will be back to view more of your recipes.

  28. Life Style Over 40
    September 2, 2012

    Lovely blog you have here! Thank you for visiting mine. Sara

  29. Vicki Winslow
    September 2, 2012

    Gorgeous post! So glad it was the plums that were stoned, and not the cook…. 🙂

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  31. csamom
    September 4, 2012

    I made this tonight, adding chopped crystallized ginger. I wish I could send the smell through the computer. It is heavenly! I am eating this now, and for breakfast in the morning. 🙂

    • csamom
      September 7, 2012

      My kids thought the flavors were too “exotic” (that was the word my 14 y.o. son used), so I got it all to myself!

      • Kiran
        September 7, 2012

        All the more for you 🙂

  32. veghotpot
    September 4, 2012

    This looks delicious! I was actually thinking of making a cardamom and pear cake so may have to make this too!

  33. urbanspicenutrition
    September 4, 2012

    Kiran, thanks for the Like. I love crumbles and Indian food. This sounds delicious! Your crumble would pair nicely with my cardamon cream recipe. I will need to post that one soon!

    • Kiran
      September 4, 2012

      Hello there – that’s great, I look forward to seeing it 🙂 Thanks for the kind message!

  34. Promenade Claire
    September 4, 2012

    Looks delicious to me! a new twist on a classic pudding 🙂

  35. whitneypipkin
    September 4, 2012

    I’ve been looking for cardamom recipes since I fell for a bottle of the beautiful stuff in a quaint spice shop. Will have to try! Wonder how it would taste with other fruits?

    • Kiran
      September 4, 2012

      That’s wonderful – please do try and let us know how you get on!

  36. Our Growing Paynes
    September 4, 2012

    I never thought to use cardamon with the plums but it looks delicious. I will definitely be trying this. Look forward to following your blog as my husband and I really enjoy Indian food and love to make it at home.

    • Kiran
      September 4, 2012

      Great! Really happy to have you here!

  37. Courtenay Clarisse
    September 4, 2012

    This sounds really delicious!

  38. glasgowfooddiary
    September 5, 2012

    This sounds utterly fabulous! Shall be trying this when the dark, cold nights drawn in!

  39. rachelberge
    September 5, 2012

    Hello Kiran,
    Thanks for following me, I always looking food bloggers because i am new to blogging and i want learn more things from you and all experienced bloggers. Representation is very nice, i dont know more about this recipe but it looking so delicious.

    • Kiran
      September 5, 2012

      Wonderful – thank you!

  40. Leilani
    September 5, 2012

    Green plums? Fascinating! This sounds like the perfect, warm fall dish. YUM!

  41. Zoe
    September 5, 2012

    This looks delicious! I just made a cardamom apple crumble this morning! I’ll have to try it with plums next.

    • Kiran
      September 5, 2012

      Wonderful! Hope you enjoy it!

  42. buildingmybento
    September 6, 2012

    Thank you Kiran, for liking my post about South Indian gunpowder! Does it frequently play a role in what you cook? Is it used significantly more in Andhra Pradesh than say Tamil Nadu?

    Also, cardamom, I’m a big fan. I tried a cardamom shake in Manama, and have been looking for it in every South Asian/Arab neighborhood in NY, but to no avail. Is it popular in India? I’ve read that most of India’s cardamom comes from Guatemala, or at least, most of Guatemala’s cardamom goes in that direction!

    • Kiran
      September 6, 2012

      Fascinating reading your piece – I’ve never heard of gunpowder! Thanks for the interesting comments – I hope you find the cardamom!

  43. Laurie
    September 7, 2012

    Your crumble sounds and looks quite tasty.

  44. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 12, 2012

    Looks divine 🙂

  45. Merlene's Memos
    September 13, 2012

    Kiran:
    Thank you for commeting on one of my blogs about Open Door Fellowship: A Place to Call Home. It was nice to hear from you.

    In addition, I am sending you the link to a “non-profit” cafe in Denver, Colorado that often serves organic, healthy food. They also serve several Indian dishes. I sent them your website information and am now letting you know about The SAME Cafe. I am sure they will love to join your recipe club and visit your website.

    Sincerely,
    Merlene
    Merlene’s Memos

  46. Merlene's Memos
    September 13, 2012

    Kiran,

    Apologies, — I forgot to send you their link. http://www.soallmayeat.org/
    The SAME Cafe (SAME stands for “so all may eat.”

    Merlene
    Merlene’s Memos

    • Kiran
      September 14, 2012

      That’s really great – thank you for taking the time to do that. I will certainly take a look!

    • Merlene's Memos
      September 14, 2012

      Kiran,

      My pleasure. Brad and Libby are the owners/operators. I am sure one of them will contact you soon. They are always looking for new recipes.

      Merlene
      Merlene’s Memos

  47. girlinafoodfrenzy
    September 14, 2012

    Look at those gorgeous luscious fruits! Am a huge fan of crumble here, breakky, or dessert I can’t go past baked fruits. Beautiful blog by the way too 🙂 Happy Cooking!

    • Kiran
      September 14, 2012

      Thank you so much – your site is gorgeous! Definitely following – happy cooking too 🙂

  48. Christine
    September 15, 2012

    Beautiful photos!

    • Kiran
      September 15, 2012

      Thank you so much 🙂

  49. thelittleloaf
    September 17, 2012

    I’ve been thinking of making cardamom ice cream to go with crumble for a while now, but love the idea of incorporating it into the actual dessert. Delicious!

    • Kiran
      September 17, 2012

      Thank you! Your blackberry slice looks amazing!

  50. londonbusybody
    September 17, 2012

    Recipe looks great and your photos are very nice.

  51. Alessandra
    September 17, 2012

    I don’t like crumbles but I like the idea of cardamom with plum, should experiment and see 🙂 Thank you.
    Alessandra

    • Kiran
      September 18, 2012

      Great – hope you give it a go! 🙂

  52. Archana
    September 18, 2012

    the texture of this crumble reminds me so much of my fav indian sweet ‘Kalakand’…..you have a lovely blog here!

    • Kiran
      September 18, 2012

      I know what you mean! That’s a nice memory. You have a lovely blog too!

  53. people who always eat
    September 18, 2012

    super inspired 🙂 thank you

  54. Skuggs
    September 19, 2012

    I love cardamon and I love plums, so looks like I’ll be trying this recipe out at the weekend.
    Coincidently, your green plums look remarkably like greengages, which I guess they are, as greengages are also green plums!

    • Kiran
      September 19, 2012

      That’s really great – it is really yummy! Yeah – a few people have now kindly told me they are greengages. Thanks for getting in touch. You have a lovely site btw!

  55. Angela Major
    September 19, 2012

    This is beautiful! I have a surplus of plums right now, and I love them with cardamom. I think I’ll try this. Thanks for posting!

    • Kiran
      September 20, 2012

      Thank you! Perfect weather for a crumble 🙂

  56. Turmeric and Twine
    September 21, 2012

    Looks gorgeous. I don’t usually enjoy a crumble, but I’ve never tried plum. I’ll have to try it. Cheers!

  57. annatheodoraphotography
    September 22, 2012

    omg! it looks absolutely delicious! 😀

  58. gardeningforlawyers
    September 23, 2012

    I discovered cardamom on a recent trip to India and brought loads back. Unfortunately we don’t have any plums this year – the frost got the blossom – but we do have lots of apples and inspired by your blog I think I might experiment with cardamom apple crumble!

    • Kiran
      September 23, 2012

      I’m sure it’ll work well with apples too : )

  59. alundeberg
    September 24, 2012

    We don’t get green plums around here– but the crumble looks so good. Thank you for liking my post!

  60. thelighttraveler
    September 24, 2012

    I love cardamom! It’s wonderful with hot chocolate and other sweets. =)

  61. lizeatsandruns
    September 24, 2012

    This looks so interesting and delicious! Can’t wait to try some new flavors together 🙂

  62. magpiemenina
    September 28, 2012

    This looks amazing! I’ve been wondering what to do with cardamom. Thanks for the idea! Thanks too for stopping by my blog and liking my ham and Brussels sprout recipe!

  63. 312east5th
    September 28, 2012

    oh my so glad you liked my post so that I had the chance to find your amazing blog!

  64. eatpedalpaddle
    October 1, 2012

    Looks amazing! I’ve made apple and pear crumble many times but never thought to try it with plums. I shall have to give that a try sometimes. Thanks for posting.

  65. Kate
    October 13, 2012

    I’ve often used cinnamon with plums but had never thought of using cardamom. Will have to try it when plums are back in season here in New Zealand.

  66. lizzierosejewellery
    November 24, 2012

    Hi there. This looks great, I made my apple crumble filling last night for Christmas Day (yes, organised!) which we have for those who don’t like Christmas Pud (ie, me and the kids). But definitely going to try it with plums, unfortunately our plum tree is back at our home in Portugal so will have to shop buy them. And the Singapore weather is too hot to make crumble by hand (excuses) so I buy a crumble mix, shame on me…. thanks for the idea! Cath

    p.s. the photography on your site is inspiring.

  67. saucygander
    December 16, 2012

    I have sent this recipe to a friend and will make it for her when she visits. She loves the taste of cardamon but is allergic to chili and capsicum, so I am always looking for non-chili cardamon treats for her.

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