do I just crush the pods in a pestle and keep the pods in or do I remove the seeds from the pods and then crush them?
this is for a flavouring for grilled chicken
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To get ground seeds I usually pound the whole pods once or twice in a mortar. The seeds should separate from the husk easily then. Remove the entire pod from the mortar, and grind the seeds.
Is this recipe for a marinade? You might get away with just crushing the pods, not separating the husk and seeds.