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Indian Spices 101: The Benefits of Frying Spices

Denise D'silva Sankhe 4 comments

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. More

Do You Dukkah? All About the Middle East's Addictive Blend of Nuts, Seeds, and Spices

Miki Kawasaki 9 comments

There are some spice blends that transcend the line between regional speciality and internationally beloved ingredient. Dukkah, the Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mixture that has recently found its way onto genre-pushing menus, is a prime example. More

Secrets of the Spice Trade: How to Run a Spice Shop

Lauren Rothman 19 comments

What does it take to run a spice shop and just how do merchants find their spices? One answer: you know a guy who knows a guy. More

Indian Spices 101: How to Work With Dry Spices

Beyond Curry Denise D'silva Sankhe 5 comments

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. More

The Best Spice Shops in NYC

Lauren Rothman 4 comments

Ready to do some spice hunting but don't know which shops to trust? Whether you're looking for Indian, Middle Eastern, or Southeast Asian flavors, we've got you covered. More

15 Spicy Sweets We Love

Sweets The Serious Eats Team 3 comments

Cayenne, chipotle, black pepper—they're ingredients you're more likely to use in dinner than dessert. But we love our spicy sweets. A little heat can be just the thing to contrast a cool granita, or play up the dark, earthy flavors of chocolate. Here are 15 spicy sweets we love, from spiced candied nuts to aji-chipotle chocolate cookies. More

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