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Handful Tips to Store Your Red Chilli for Longer Use

There are numerous recipes where red chili peppers are added for a unique flavor and spiciness. Either they are used in whole or grounded form, fresh or preserved form as available and according to the requirement. Sometimes you may end up with overabundance of chili peppers growing in your home garden or may find a need to stock up red chilli powder for a year long use. Whatever be the reason, you got to learn these handful tips, if want you want to best store your red chili for longer period of time while keeping its color and flavor intact.

Different Ways to Preserve Your Red Chilli Peppers

  1. Dry Your Chilies

The age old and most reliable method for the storage of whole red chillies has always been drying. Earlier our grand mothers used to sundry the red hot chillies in order to store them for longer use. In this process they would initially prepare the chilli peppers by rinsing them in salt water and then used to dry them in the sun for few days. This way they prevented any mould to form on the chillies and stored them easily for yearly use.

 

Now-a-days we have faster ways to dry our chillies like we have ovens, dehydrators to accomplish the drying process rapidly than waiting for few days as done in the sun drying process. Whatever be the way you use, drying is definitely one of the best ways to store your red chillies for longer duration.

 

  1. Freeze Your Chilli Peppers

Talking about storage, freezing is the sure option for storing many of the food items in the household. And, same goes for the red chillies as well. All you need to do is to clean your peppers thoroughly with cool and clean water, dry them with a cloth and put them in a airtight container or ziplock bag for freezing.

Never store your peppers in big containers as they may catch mould easily, better store them in small containers and take them out as needed.

 

  1. Pickling Your Peppers

Pickled peppers are very tasty and yes, can be preserved for a much longer time. All you need is to get your ingredients right to pickle your peppers perfectly. The basic method of pickling chillies starts with washing them in salty water and pat drying them with a clean cloth. Then poke holes through the surface of the chillies so that they can well absorb the syrup and get much tastier from within. Then boil up some water along with vinegar, sugar, salt and coriander seeds in it. Let the sugar and salt dissolve. Do not allow the vinegar to boil much. Once the syrup is ready, pour the syrup and chilli peppers into a clean and dry glass jar. Allow the solution to cool completely before putting on its lid. Then, store the jar in refrigerator and keep it untouched for atleast two weeks before you can enjoy them.

 

How to Store Red Chilli Powder? 

Not only whole red chillies, many of us store red chilli powder especially in the Indian households for the year long usage. There are various ways to store red chilli in powdered form for culinary use. While many of us store red chilli powder along with rock salt, many prefer storing it with asafoetida blocks. However, you may store it, one thing to keep in mind is that you need to press the powder by adding little every time in jar. This will avoid any air patches to remain in your chilli powder during the storage process. You may also add cloves in between the powder as you go on adding little bit of it every time in the jar. Finally, tighten the lid and tie a clean, dry cloth on the top of the bottle to ensure that no insects or moisture can creep in.

 

So, this summer store your red chilli peppers either in whole or powdered form this way and enjoy their peppery flavor and spiciness all the year around.

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It’s Time to Clear Your Doubts about Your Red Chilli Powder……….

It’s the time of the year again to stock up the red chilli powder and as Indians we definitely look out for quality but at the most economic price. But, little are we aware of the things around us. There have been several speculations about red chili powder adulteration in the past few years.

In 2016, huge quantity of highly adulterated, misleading or false-labeled chili powder was seized in the state of Telangana. According to the health minister of the state, the adulterated chili powder contained chemicals like red oxide and rhodamine-B. And, the powder appeared to be very much same as the original red chilli powder and no one can tell difference between them. Only clinically tests were the way to do so. These chemical products were used to create fake powder that looks same like the red chilli powder and to everyone’s astonishment the effects of these chemicals were proven to be the most hazardous on the human body. They were said to cause respiratory problems, gastro-intestinal problems and could affect the lungs of the consumers really bad.

Most often brick powder, crushed wood particles, talc powder, starch and husk are found in the chili powder. These are added by the chilli powder manufacturers to increase its weight and make it bulkier. Moreover, artificial colours are also being used to enrich the colour of the powder so that it can appear attractive to the customers. Many instances of pesticides addition have also come forward in the recent times. These are added by the unscrupulous red chilli powder manufacturers to cut the costs and get monetary gains with negligence of how badly this is going to affect the health of people and environment.

Have you known that for the want of saving up a few bucks, you are actually ending up risking your precious health? The clinical tests on the adulterated Indian chili powder have shown disastrous impact of health of human beings when consumed over a longer period of time. Adulterated powder of red chillies can cause poisoning, digestive disorders, blurred vision, nausea, lung and breathing problems and also cancer.

So, this time of the year when you go buying chili powder, make sure you are not getting your hands on one of the adulterated falsely labeled packages and how shall you do this? Here are a few tips for the consumers of how they can find if the chili powder they are buying is of good quality or fake adulterated one with contaminants.

  1. Check It With Water

Add a teaspoon of your chili powder to glass of plain water. If the water changes the colour, then your powder has got artificial colours in it. And, in case if it turns reddish brown, then your chili powder has got brick powder in it for sure. If your chilli powder is pure and unadulterated, then firstly it will not dissolve in water and moreover, it will cause no colour change as well.

  1. Iodine Solution

You can add few drops of iodine solution to your powdered spice in order to find if there is any starch added to it or not. If your powder turns blue in colour, then you can be sure of starch presence in it.

You can avoid buying adulterated spice powder by taking care of a few things like

  1. Buying it only from trusted brands or red chilli powder suppliers that are certified.
  2. Purchasing whole spices and grinding them on own because probability of adulteration with whole spices is almost negligible.
  3. Avoid buying chilli powder with extra shine as they can be adulterated for sure.
  4. Check out for FSSAI logo on the package and AGMARK certification for promptness of purity.
  5. Read the manufacturing date, manufacture and manufacturer details, best before date in order to ensure that red chilli you are buying is of good quality and fresh.
  6. Do a thorough research on trusted brands for red chilli powder. The best red chilli powder manufacturers will be transparent about their manufacturing process and will have all the relevant information right up on their website, packages and social media platforms.
  7. You can always check out for yourself for the contaminants in the spice powder at the time of buying.

So, this time when you buy chili powder to the year stock, just make sure you are not getting your hands on cheaply priced adulterated powder. Go for pure and remain safe.

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Ten Things About Red Chilli Powder You Were Just Unaware Of

Red chilli powder is an essential component of almost every cuisine across the world whether its Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Korean or Italian. The powder is essentially made by crushing the dried red chillies of various types and hence, there are various types of red chilli powder available in the market depending upon what type of red chilli is used in preparing it.

Just think about the red chilli and one thing that comes to your mind is its eye-watering hot flavor and mouth-burning spiciness. Have you known that there’s much more that red chillies give you than just that?

The red chillies have capsaicin, the main bioactive plant compound responsible for pungent unique taste in them. However, this essential component along with other rich components instills several health benefits in its consumers. So, what are these health benefits of red chillies or the powder made from them? Let’s Learn.

Ten Ways Red Chilli Powder Benefits You

  1. Helps in Digestion

Red chili peppers have got a little portion of fiber in them. Hence, when consumed they ease digestion by increasing the secretion of gastric juices leading to enhanced peristaltic motion. Having proper amounts of red chili powder in your food also helps prevent stomach conditions like constipation and ulcers.

 

  1. Maintains Blood Pressure

Healthy blood pressure levels in your body are maintained when the potassium and sodium contents are right. When your body has more potassium than sodium or the right potassium sodium ratio, the blood vessels are in a relaxed state and this helps in maintaining the blood pressure levels of the body. Chili powder as such has got higher potassium content than sodium. It’s really good for your blood pressure.

 

  1. Builds Immunity & Fights Infections

Red chili powder is rich in Vitamin C, the essential antioxidant that strengthens one’s immune system and increases their ability to fight infections. It eliminates cancer-causing radicals from one’s body and protects it from serious health conditions like cancer and heart diseases.

 

  1. Forms New Blood Cells

Chillies are also good source of iron and protein which help in formation of new blood cells. Consumption of red chillies on a regular basis can thus improve your blood cell formation and prevent health hazards like anemia, muscular weakness and fatigue.

 

  1. Keeps Eyes Healthy

Have you known that the red chili powder in your food is also one of the reasons for your good eyesight? Yes, the red hot chili has good amounts of Vitamin A in it. With one tablespoon of red chili powder in your food you are satisfying nearly 9% of vitamin A need of the body. This, hence, improves one’s sight and prevents night blindness to an extent in the human beings.

 

  1. Improves Hemoglobin Production

Iron content in red chilies promotes hemoglobin production and thus, enhances blood flow in one’s body. It enhances flow of fresh blood to the infected parts and hence, fights body infections along with leukocytes and white blood cells which battle out the viruses.

 

  1. Improves Your Skin & Hair Texture

Collagen is an essential protein present in hair and skin. Our body creates and maintains collagen with Vitamin C. On the other hand, Vitamin A helps in boosting up the sebum production that keeps hair moisturized and in good condition. Vitamin E which is an excellent antioxidant promotes blood circulation in scalp thereby leading to hair growth. Hence, with red chili powder, you are taking in required proportions of Vitamin A, E and C essential for your skin and hair care.

 

  1. Reduces Chances of Developing Harmful Health Conditions

The essential health-promoting nutrients in red chilli powder can reduce the chances of developing serious health hazards like cancer, heart stroke, diabetes, asthma, chronic lung or nasal congestion, atherosclerosis, arthritis etc. It’s valuable vitamins take care of your bones, teeth, internal membranes, skin, hair and reproductive system.

 

  1. Detoxifies The Body

Chilli powder is a good detoxifier with essential B vitamins. It helps flush out toxins and waste products from the body thereby cleaning it from inside for good health. It improves nutrient supply to the tissues and promotes metabolic activity thereby leading to healthy weight loss.

 

  1. Helps in Dealing with Osteoarthritis

Chili powder has got excellent anti-inflammation properties that help in reducing joint soreness and improves blood flow to them. Hence, chili powder can help you deal good with conditions like osteoarthritis as well.

 

Hence, till now you would have consumed red chillies or added red chili powder in your food, just to suffice your taste buds with hot or spicy tingling flavor. But, now you know that you are just adding up for your good health with every spoon of red chili powder in your food. However, just as said, everything is good in limit and the same implies for red chillies as well. So, consider the right portion of red chili powder in your food for the ultimate health benefits.

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Questions You Should Ask Before Buying Whole Spices

Whole Spices in India

The most aromatic, the vibrantly flavorful and the freshest are the Whole Spices. Compared to the grounded ones, whole spices do instill a better aroma, taste and health factor to your food. Moreover, they retain their essential oils and hence, stay fresh for a longer period of time comparatively. With spices in whole form, you do not end up buying added contaminants along with your spices, which is usually the case with pre-ground spices. Whole Spices are mostly unadulterated.

However, if you have never got your Spices in whole form till now and are trying out for the first time, here’s a list of questions you need to ask yourselves before getting your hands on them.

  • What Are the Spices I Need?

Before walking out for a spice purchase, make out a list of spices that you actually need often in your cooking. In case, if you miss out on deciding what to buy and what not, you can eventually end up buying the spices that might not be of use to you, after all there are so many varieties of spices available that you can easily get messed up. Moreover, with a handy list, you can save up time and fasten up your spices shopping as well.

  • How Much To Buy?

A wise option for buying whole spices is always to get them in small amounts and get them as needed. So, check out with your needs of every spice as of which spice you need more and which one less in quantity. This way you will get exactly the amounts you need without ending up buying the less required spices in bulk and often needed ones in lesser quantities.

  • Where should I buy my spices from?

Never buy your spices from a grocery store. They may have been there for a quite a long time or may have got stacked up in warehouse for longer before getting stacked up in the store shelves. Who knows? More are the chances of buying stale spices when you are picking them from a grocery store. Moreover, these may also have contaminants in their packaged form. So, avoid buying your whole spices from a grocery store.

Never get cheated with the cheap spices or ransom price offers on spices. After all, the cheap spices are cheap for a reason. No one can give you best quality spices at such lower rates. So, better consider ethnic markets or authentic spice stores that sell certified and labeled spices. Check out the label for process/manufacture date of your spices to make sure you are getting your hand on the fresh ones.

  • How can I Rightly Store My Whole Spices after Buying Them?

The best way to store your spices is to put them in air tight containers placed in cool and dry place. Many of them store their spices in refrigerator, but this doesn’t seem the best option as refrigerating your spices will tend to change their texture and probably the flavor too because of the condensation and temperature changes. Keep your spice stored containers away from any sort of heating devices like gas stove, oven etc. Keep checking out your stored spices often in order to make sure they are intact for the best use.

  • Do Spices Expire and How Do I Know When to Replace Them?

While a few spices stay the best up to six months, it is considered by the experts that the whole spices must do well for about an year if stored right. However, if they tend to lose their color and aroma after a specific period of time, then it’s time you need a replacement. If you are not using your spices make sure to discard them off after an year’s time in case of whole ones and six months if they are grounded.

  • What Should I Do with My Old Spices Before Buying the New Ones?

Well, the best way is to consume your spices before they get expired. However, in case you failed doing so, there are many other ways you can take your old spices to use without actually requiring them to throw out. Many use them as bug deterrents, while they can also be used for making candles at home or some kind of mild soaps or etc. Just Google for your old spice Utilizations.

  • What are The Things I Should Look for When Buying Spices In Order To Get the Best?

Check out the packaging of the spices whether it’s in bags or containers. Prefer sealed containers as bags may get damaged or may not be sealed completely with possible chances of air creeping in. Check out the color and aroma of your spices before you buy in order to make sure they are fresh and intact. Check out the price and do not go for cheap spices. Consider reasonably rated good quality and certified spices from an authentic spice store.

Tip to Best Use Your Whole Spices: Grind your whole spices as needed and mostly when required in order to get the best aroma, flavor and color to your food. Toasting them will bring out a deeper and rich flavor out of your spices. So, toast your spices on a low flame before grinding them for earthier flavor.

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WHY SHOULD YOU BUY WHOLE SPICES?

Buy Whole Spices

Hear the word ‘spices’ and we are like ‘yummmmmm……’. After all, it’s the spices that add flavor and aroma to your food. It’s all the magic of freshly grounded, aromatic spices that make your food the yummiest one to satisfy your taste glands.

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A Complete Guide to All Types of Indian Chillies

Types of Indian Chillies

A Complete Guide to Different Types of Indian Chillies

When we think of Indian spices, the first thing that gets to our mind is ‘CHILLI‘. The hot, the pungent and the red devil amongst the spices, the red chilli is the crucial spice for Indian food where no dish is complete without a sprinkle of this exotic sizzling spice.

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