Looking for substitutes for cardamom? Cardamom has a warm, bitter, slightly lemon flavor with hints of mint and smoke. This spice can be used in cakes, coffee, fruit dishes, and meat dishes and is a common ingredient in Garam Masala.
You might not always have cardamom in your spice cabinet. It is a fairly expensive spice because it needs to be harvested by hand. In this labor-intensive handpicking process each cardamom pod must be picked when it is about ¾ ripe so time and care are needed to yield this spice. All this labor, care and timing are more costly than other traditional spices that can be harvested by more automated means.
Here are some suggested substitutes for Cardamom
Cardamom has a unique flavor so it is best to combine a few common spices to achieve the desired flavor.
Use the same amount of allspice in place of cardamom
None of these substitutes will provide the exact same taste, but you will be able to complete your dish without sacrificing the general flavor of cardamom.