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Dried Chiles, Preparing
By Chef Ida Rodriguez

cutting dried chilesDried Chiles require a little preparation in order to make them usable in a recipe.

First, wash chiles and cut off the stem.

removing seeds from chileSlit the chiles lengthwise and remove the seeds and veins.

heating griddle with chilesPreheat a griddle or small saucepan over a medium heat.

Roast the chiles on both sides very lightly. Ensure not to burn them as this will produce an acrid taste.

Next, allow the chiles to soak in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.

blending chilesDrain chiles and then grind into a paste in a blender.

straining chilesPass them through a wire mesh strainer to remove any bits of skin.

chiles mixed