Heating curry powder before using it in a recipe will refresh the flavor of this blend of spices. The essential oils contained in this mix of ground spices is what gives curry powder its flavor. Applying hot oil or dry heat to curry powder revives these oils and intensifies the curry flavor. Add the pungent flavor of heat-activated curry powder to your next recipe.

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Place a medium nonstick saucepan or skillet on the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or ghee to the pan if your curry dish calls for oil. If not, leave the pan dry.

Sprinkle the curry powder evenly over the surface of the hot pan and use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to move the spice around the pan.

Continue stirring the curry powder in the pan for 45 seconds if it is dry, or up to three minutes if you have added oil.

Remove the pan from the heat and move the toasted curry powder to a medium bowl to cool to room temperature before using it in a recipe.