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RE: A question (spices)

Zoe asked:
> I have a question about Indian spices & curries - I've noticed that people who
> use oil in their cooking usually saute the spices in oil before asdding it to
> the stew or whatever. This seems to blend the spices better.

One cookbook I remember reading said that if certain spices (notably dried
chili and curry mixes) are not heated, the flavour will be bitter. I do
what Virginia suggested, sauting the spices in hot water/broth/wine (i.e.,
something nonfat liquid).

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