I’ve been promising to buy myself a spice grinder for some time now.
I sometimes come across a recipe to try that needs the spices to be roasted and then ground before being added during the cooking of the curry.
Using a mortar and pestle is time consuming and is not always successful. For instance, no matter how long I crush dried chillies and cinnamon stick, not all of it gets crushed into powder and I end up with pieces of chilli and cinnamon that I usually just add to the curry so as not to waste the ingredient.
I don’t really mind the time too much because I can grind away at the spices whilst watching TV or a DVD. But it often takes over half an hour to successfully hand grind the spices.
So I went out on the hunt for a spice grinder, which was not as easy to find as you’d think.
I went to the appliances section of 5 different department stores and only of them stocked a spice grinder at all. And they both stocked the same model. The price at one store was 30% cheaper than the other. So you can guess where I bought my grinder – I love a bargain.
I took my new toy home, gave it an initial wash and popped it into a cupboard.
Pretty soon I was happily roasting the spices and savouring the great aromas that wafted around the kitchen before adding the roasted spices to the spice grinder. I broke the cinnamon stick into a couple of pieces before turning on the grinder.
And, within a minute, the spices were thoroughly ground. I removed the grinder lid and sniffed the contents. Simply divine!!! The aroma from the freshly ground spices was simply stunning.
I tipped out the ground spices into a small bowl for later addition to the curry, quickly wiped clean the spice grinder with a damp cloth and then put it back into the cupboard. I like easy maintenance.
I can’t believe that I waited for so long before buying such a useful kitchen appliance and I’m sure that it’s going to get lots of use in the coming months.