Kashmiri chilli powder

Common name: kashmiri mirch

Botanical name: Capsicum annum

Kashmiri chilli powder is made from dried Kashmiri chillies – a milder chilli with a deep red colour. It instantly imparts a vibrant red colour to any dish with a hint of heat as well.

The powder is mildly hot and has a distinct fruity flavour. Generally speaking, most of the recipes in this collection use Kashmiri chilli powder whenever chilli powder is required.

Kashmiri chilli powder can be bought from Indian grocers, or best, from a specialist spice merchant. When buying, look for a fluffy texture. The fluffier the powder the fresher it will be. Make sure you actually buy Kashmiri chilli powder and not one of the substitutes. It is common to sell degi mirch, which is a different chilli with added colouring, as Kashmiri chilli powder.

Refer also to the ingredient description of Kashmiri chillies.

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