Black Cardamom has a smoky aroma with slightly menthol like aftertaste and is often used to spice Vietnamese Pho soups as well as Garam Masala spice blends in Indian cooking. Vegetarian cooks may find use for black cardamom in place of bacon in dishes where a savory smoked flavor is called for. Not to be confused with green cardamom which is less smoky. | Black Cardamom is used to spice dishes with a smoky flavor. Used in Pho and Garam Masala.