Stewed Apple Flavored with Cardamom

Here is one tasty treat from my mother’s kitchen for dessert lovers of all ages.  I have made this hundreds of times for family and friends with rave reviews using one of the most unique honey-tart flavored apples in the United States: the delicious Jona Gold apple of New York State!

Stewed Apple with Cardamom

2 pounds Jona Gold apples
6 cups cold water
6 green cardamoms
½  teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves
1 bay leaf
½ cup brown sugar (optional)

Remove the skin from the apples and cut into ½-inch pieces.

In a large pot, add the water, apples, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, bay leaf, and brown sugar.  Cover and boil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes until tender.

Cool and transfer to serving dish.  Serve in small dessert bowls topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Check out my cookbooks Feast of India: A Legacy of Recipes and Fables (1991, 2015) and India’s Unsurpassed Cuisine: The Art of Indian Curry Cooking (Editor’s Choice, 2016) at


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