Dry Roasting is when you heat the spices to release the oils and therefore release more flavor.  It creates a warmer taste than using them raw.

Spices can be used roasted or raw in most recipes, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Dry Roasting

Dry roast the spices by putting them in a small pan which has already been warmed over medium heat. Stir or swish constantly until you smell the aroma of roasting spices (about 30-seconds). The spices will turn a shade or two darker.

Take care not to use too high of a heat or to leave them still for too long . They will turn bitter if burned.

Remove from heat and let cool, then grind them in a coffee grinder.

 

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