When we think of Indian spices, the first thing that comes to our mind is CHILLI! It’s hot, it’s pungent and the red devil amongst spices. In India, no dish is complete without a sprinkle of this exotic sizzling spice.
Let’s talk about the health benefits of Red Chilli. Most Red Chilli Peppers are quite rich in Vitamin C as well as beta carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Chillies may reduce the amount of insulin the body needs to lower blood sugar levels after a meal by up to 60%. Red chillies also help in relieving pain. Capsaicin found in red chilli binds with pain receptors, which are nerve endings that sense pain. This induces a burning sensation but does not cause any real burning injuries.
Knowing about all of these Red Chilli benefits, it’s time to see the several varieties of Red Chilli powders available in every supermarket that you can bring home. While some are known to be very hot, others are less spicy and known for their subtle taste and color instilling properties
Indian Lal Mirch Powder
Made from local varieties of Red Chillies, the Indian Lal Mirch or Red Chilli Powder benefits every dish with its spicy zing. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chillies imparts spiciness to the lal mirch powder. This may even be a blend of various chillies to adjust the heat of the spice.
Kashmiri Mirch Powder
As the name suggests, this chilli is found in Kashmir and is the most sought after Red Chilli in India for its brilliant red colour. This popular spice is present in most Indian kitchen as Kashmiri Mirch powder adds colour to the mouth-watering dishes along with flavour. This chilly is less hot and pungent, as compared to the other variants found in India.
Deghi Mirch Powder
Similar to Kashmiri Mirch Powder, Deghi Mirch is a special variety of Red Chili powder made with a blend of colourful Red Capsicums and Kashmiri Red Chillies, which brings mild heat and a deep red-orange colour. Deghi Mirch is full-flavoured but relatively mild in heat when compared to the Indian Lal Mirch and is used more to add colour than heat to dishes.
Guntur Sannam Chilli Powder
This is the king of the red chilli variants found in India and is mainly produced in Andhra Pradesh (mainly Guntur region) and Madhya Pradesh. Its powder is hot and bright red coloured, highly in demand because of its mouthwatering aroma, flavour and medium pungency.
Paprika is a ground spice made from dried red fruits of sweeter varieties of the plant Capsicum annuum. The seasoning is used in many cuisines to add colour and flavor to dishes like rice, stews, soups, sausages, meats and more. Paprika can range from sweet (mild, not hot) to spicy (hot) as well as smokey, depending on the variety used to make the powder. It’s not only rich in antioxidants but also vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin E and iron. Paprika is said to be anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy vision.
The benefits of Red Chilli are varied based on the origin of the chillies and how well you incorporate them in your daily life. Try the Tata Sampann Chilli Powder with Natural Oils, which is made of carefully handpicked, naturally sundried, scientifically processed whole chillies from Guntur. With its natural oils intact this red chilli powder retains its health benefits and the authentic taste of the spice.
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