check the temperature of oil, when you add spices.

@eshaan (6193)
India
April 24, 2007 4:19am CST
It is very true that most of the spices like fennel, which when put into very hot oil, lose all their important carminative ingredients. Very high temp of oil destroys the taste and flavour of most of the spices as most of the composing things in the spices are volatile. So next time don't let the spices crackle too much, check the temp. of oil.
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@rb200406 (1825)
• India
24 Apr 07
Thanks for sharing this.Too much hot oil is not at all good.you should not heat oil much .It should be the utensil which should be pre heated & then oilshould be poured along with spices.it keeps the taste of spices intact.Too much heating of oil makes the oil more harmfulexcept the mustard oil which can be & should be heated more.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
24 Apr 07
Yes, you are right! Do you use mustard oil for cooking? It is more widely used in U.P. and M.P. You are from mumbai, thts why the question. I think grundnut oil and soya oil are popular thre. I have three sisters in Mumbai!
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
yes, rb, you remind me that we heat the pan first before pouring in the oil and sauteeing follows fast.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Normally, we sutee spices at right temperature of cooking oil. It does not require too long to heat the oil. The oil will smell bad if it is overheated anyway. Thank you though for this reminder. I know that this can easily happen if in cooking, we use firewood like when we are camping and we do not bring stoves for cooking.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
26 Apr 07
Thanks for your response.We should cook carefully with these things we can cook tastier food.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
25 Apr 07
That is a good tip. Too high heat negatively affects the spices and the oil.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
26 Apr 07
Thanks for your response, these small things if we keep in our mind add to the taste of food.