Black cardamom is considered a “heating” spice. Therefore, it is an important ingredient in combination with cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper in any garam masala. Black cardamom is much stronger than green cardamom, with a bold, resinous, and smoky flavor. It is used to give depth to masalas and tandoori-style spice mixtures. Black cardamom is used in India in spicy and rustic dishes and in western Asia in savory dishes. This spice is also used to season pickles.