Caramelized Cardamom Spiced Apples with Pistachio Cream

It’s a weeknight and you want pie. Unfortunately, you’re husband (and resident crust-maker) is still at school and you are not confident enough (read: too lazy) to make a crust. My solution: Caramelized Cardamom Spiced Apples with Pistachio Cream, essentially an Indian scented pie filling without the bother of a crust. We have had Indian flavors on the mind recently and have served this as an accompaniment to Pork Vindaloo. This quick recipe is adapted from Madhur Jaffrey.

Yield: Serves 4


   Cardamom Apples:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tart apples, unpeeled, cored, and thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped or whole

   Pistachio whipped cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
  • Pinch (1/16 teaspoon) kosher salt


  1. For the Cardamom Apples: Heat a large cast iron (or non-stick) skillet over medium heat, and melt the butter. Add the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, garam masala, salt, and brown sugar to the skillet and stir gently to mix.
  2. Add the apples and walnuts and adjust the temperature to medium high heat. Cook the apple mixture for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The dish is done when the apples have begun to caramelize. The liquid will almost all boil off, resulting in a thick syrup.
  3. For the Pistachio Whipped cream: In a stand mixer, whisk together the whipping cream, almond extract, sugar, and salt. Whip until stiff peaks form.
  4. Serve the apples warm, with a large dollop of  whipped cream, garnished with pistachios. 


  • This dish should be eaten immediately after preparation and does not keep well.
  • Caramelized Cardamom Spiced Apples and Pistachio Whipped Cream are also delicious served over vanilla ice cream, as a crepe filing, or on pancakes or waffles.