Fixings

Rhubarb Cardamom Compote

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Chopped Rhubarb | www.hungryinlove.com

If you have fifteen minutes I recommend you resist the urge to save money on your car insurance, and whip up this prettiness instead. But you better make like the Easter bunny and hop to it. Rhubarb is here and gone  faster than you can sputter that irksome Geico slogan. It's like an elegant relative who only descends but once a year. And when she shows up she's ready for something glamorous. (For the record I do not have a relative like this. Perhaps someday.)

Earlier this year I thought pomegranate and cardamom might make good bedfellows. The flavors were pleasant but trying to coax a compote out of pomegranate was a proper fail. Lesson learned - pomegranate does not compute to compote. I knew I'd have better results with rhubarb if I could wait until spring. And yes, oh my stars, this time I nailed it. First of all this magic sauce is neon-electric pink. If you are a six-year old girl, or was one once upon a time, you'll probably love it on this merit alone. Second you can slather it on pretty much anything - yogurt, pancakes, cheese - and it'll make your day better. Third, it's a vehicle for using the cardamom my very cool husband brought home months ago that I haven't had much luck with until now (see pomegranate incident above). It's spicy, and citrusy, and herbal and apparently hearts rhubarb. Just like me.

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Rhubarb Cardamom Compote | www.hungryinlove.com
Rhubarb Cardamom Compote | www.hungryinlove.com
Rhubarb Cardamom Compote | www.hungryinlove.com

Rhubarb Cardamom Compote

Makes about 1 cup
 
Serving ideas: Use as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, toast + butter; spoon over vanilla ice cream or poundcake; also very good as an accompaniment to cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb, about 6-8 stalks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6  pods green cardamom,  shells removed and black seeds ground into a fine powder
  • pinch of salt

Prep

  • Using a mortar and pestle crack the cardamom pods and discard green shells; grind black seeds into a fine powder
  • Toss chopped rhubarb with sugar and let sit for 10-15 allowing the fruit to release juice (you can do this right in the saucepan you plan to cook it in)
  • Add cardamom to saucepan with rhubarb and sugar along with a very small pinch of salt
  • Place saucepan over medium heat and bring rhubarb to a simmer; rhubarb will begin to break down
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes until rhubarb is completely broken down; remove from heat
  • Chill compote in fridge for an hour or two before serving