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Red Chilli Powder

Also Known As : Lal Mirch Powder (Hindi), Milagay (Tamil), Mulaku (Malayalam), Mirapa kaya (Telugu), Marcha (Gujarati), Lanka, Lankamorich (Bengali), Lanka (Oriya), Lalmirch (Urdu & Punjabi)
Technical Name : Capsicum annuum

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It is mildly to moderately spicy and smoky in taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Red chilli powder can be used to make marinades for paneer or sliced vegetables.
  2. It can also be used as a rub on meats before grilling.
  3. Chili powder has a long shelf life when it is stored in an airtight container, away from heat and light.
  4. Chilli powder is a important ingredient of the dish, 'Chili con carne', and it is great for seasoning of eggs, shellfish, cheese dishes, and stews.

Common names and forms

  1. Red Chilli Powder Regular
  2. Red Pepper Powder

Description

Red chilli powder is a spice blend consisting of one or two types of dried red chillies that are ground and pulverized into a fine powder. Red chilli powder is used as a spice to add pungency or piquancy and flavor to dishes. It is used in Indian dishes, Tex-Mex recipes, Chinese and Thai dishes too.It is native to Central and South America. It is available year-round.

Health benefits

  • It contains Vitamin A that improves eyesight and prevents night blindness.(1)
  • Iron present in it helps to improve cognitive functioning.(1)
  • It contains fiber which helps in good digestion.(1)
  • It contains vitamin C which is important for strengthening the immune system, for healing injuries, and for fighting against damage caused by free radicals.(2)
  • It also contains Vitamin B6 which helps to lower high homocysteine levels that can cause damage to blood vessels.(2)
  • Beta-carotene and folic acid found in chili powder combine to reduce the risk of colon cancer.(2)

Selection Guide

Avoid those that mention preservatives or free-flowing agents added to the chilli powder.Check the use-by date and seal of the package.

Note

Excess consumption of Red Chilli Powder can cause constipation and ailments like piles. It may also lead to irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcer.(3)

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