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post #1 of 5
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Hi! Just curious is there any difference between grinding your spices in a burr grinder vs a normal grinder? I'm thinking of experimenting with curries and was contemplating whether to get a burr grinder for grinding the spices. Would a normal blade grinder work equally well?

 

I've heard that due to the heat generated in a normal blade grinder the taste of the spices is affected, since they loose essential oils during the whole process.

post #2 of 5
I used to work on the tandoor at an Indian spot and we did all our spices in coffee grinders. Curry spice like cardamom, and anise will put a big hurt on any grinder and we played around with a bunch of different ones. Everything can handle easy ones like fenugreek, coriander, and cumin but once you get into really woody spice they all burn out. Better to go with a cheap coffee grinder. Although an immersion blender is super useful for blending your curries.
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Originally Posted by alaminute View Post

I used to work on the tandoor at an Indian spot and we did all our spices in coffee grinders. Curry spice like cardamom, and anise will put a big hurt on any grinder and we played around with a bunch of different ones. Everything can handle easy ones like fenugreek, coriander, and cumin but once you get into really woody spice they all burn out. Better to go with a cheap coffee grinder. Although an immersion blender is super useful for blending your curries.

 

By a coffee grinder do you mean "A Burr Grinder"  :-)   

post #4 of 5
So burr is a company that makes many different blenders, grinders and immersion blenders. I've never used their brand of coffee grinder but it has great reviews.
post #5 of 5
I thought the OP was referring to whether the grinder used blades (like a home coffee grinder) or burrs (like a pro espresso grinder)?
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