Frying spices in oil brings out entirely different flavors than dry-roasting them. In this second part in our series on working with Indian spices, we look at how and why cooking spices in oil can have a major impact on the final dish.
'Indian spices 101' on Serious Eats
Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds its own character to a dish. Today we're going to go through the basics of dry-roasting to help get the most out of those spices.