You can create homemade Red Chilli Powder by either roasting or sun-drying red chillies until they are crispy, then grinding them into a fine powder. Follow these step-by-step pictures and video for a simple guide on how to make Red Chilli Powder at home for easy comprehension and future reference.
Red Chilli Powder or Kashmiri Red Chili Powder is a quite essential spice powder used in everyday Indian cooking. I use a combination of regular long variety red chillies and kashmiri red chillies to make this Homemade Kashmiri Chilli Powder. Red Chilli Powder Indian version is shared here, it is also called Lal Mirch Powder.
About Red Chilli Powder
Nowadays, supermarkets offer Red Chilli Powder conveniently, but it often contains synthetic dyes and additives. I have been creating my own homemade spice powders for a few years now and have not turned back since.
Homemade Red Chili Powder is not only free from chemicals and colors, it is fresh more flavorful and aromatic. I make red chili powder in bulk which lasts me for about 4-5 months. Usually I sun dry / dry roast red chilies in bulk and give to mill for grinding and store it. This time I made a small batch so tried in my mixer itself and to my surprise it came out so good and that justifies this post.
Red Chilli Powder is easy to make at home so do try and enjoy the benefits. We need both color and spice level to our red chilli powder which is perfect for every day use. So a combination of regular kashmiri chillies and kashmiri red chillies are used to make red chilli powder. Regular red chilies gives the required hotness and kashmiri red chilies gives the natural fiery hot red color. So while using this Red Chili Powder you get the flavor, hotness and color to the dish.
Ingredients for Red Chili Powder
There are numerous types of red peppers, but these two varieties are most suitable for making red chili powder.
- Red chillies are essential for adding flavor and the necessary level of spiciness to masala powder.
- Kashmiri Red Chillies : Kashmiri Red Chillies gives a beautiful natural red color to the powder and is less spicy.
I have utilized an equal proportion of red chilies, but you have the option to adjust it to your liking. For example, 3/4 kg of red chilies and 1/4 kg of Kashmiri chilies.
Red Chilli Powder Methods
There are two methods for creating homemade red chili powder:
- One method of drying red chillies is through sun drying. The chillies are first cleaned and their stems are removed, then left in the sun for 2-3 days until they become crispy. The dried chillies are then sent to a mill to be ground. This method is only practical in areas where there is a consistent abundance of sunlight throughout the year.
- The process of dry roasting involves heating red chillies in a kadai until they become crispy, then grinding them into Red Chilli Powder after they have cooled. This method is suitable for everyone, which is why I personally prefer it.
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Step by step guide on how to prepare Chilli Powder.
Start by measuring and selecting the long variety of red chillies. We will be using two types of red chillies: the regular long ones for spiciness, and kashmiri ones for color.
Remove the stems from the red peppers.
You have the option to hold onto 3-4 items simultaneously and trim them with a kitchen scissors.
4. Everything is prepared and set aside.
Next, remove the stem from the kashmiri chilli if present.
Now the Kashmiri red chilies are prepared.
Add Kashmiri red chilli to a kadai and dry roast until it becomes crisp. Remove from heat and set aside. To check if it is done, try to break a red chilli – it should break easily and not bend. If it is not yet perfect, roast for a few more minutes.
An alternative method is to dry and grind the chillies, but the sun must be very strong.
Next, include the longer red chili type and roast it until it becomes crispy.
After cooling down entirely, pour into a mixer jar.
Break the substance into the smallest particles possible by grinding it finely. Alternatively, you can also use a mill to grind it.
Spread the mixture evenly on a tray and allow it to cool before transferring it to a clean, dry, and sealed container. If the texture is too rough, you can sift it once before storing.
Newly made fragrant homemade red chili powder is prepared.
- Select fresh red peppers for optimal taste.
- Before roasting, be sure to clean the red chillies and remove the stem.
- For the best heat, taste, and hue, always mix red peppers together.
- Instead of dry roasting, you can sun-dry the red chillies until they become crispy. This process may take 2-3 days, especially if there is a lot of sunlight in your home. Place a netted cloth over the chillies to prevent insects and flies from getting to them.
- During the summer months, you can opt for sun drying or use the dry roasting method. If roasting, be sure to use a low flame to avoid burning.
- The product can be stored at room temperature, but if you need to keep it for longer than 6 months, refrigerate half and store the remaining portion in your kitchen pantry.
- This is just a personal preference for the measurement. If you like medium spiciness, you can add equal amounts of two different types of chili, like I did. For a spicier dish, you can increase the amount of long chilies, such as using 3/4 kg of red chilies and 1/4 kg of Kashmiri red chilies.
- Typically, I prepare a large quantity and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Transfer just little to a small container for everyday use and fill it up whenever needed. This way it stays fresh for a long time.
- To prepare, roast at least one kilogram of red chillies without oil. Once cooled, send them to a mill for grinding. This amount should last you for approximately six months, depending on how often you use it.
- You have the option of using either red chillies or Kashmiri red chillies to create red chilli powder, but keep in mind that the taste and appearance may differ.
- During the summer, you can dry red chili peppers and take them to a mill for grinding. You can also make a large quantity and store them in the refrigerator.
What is the definition of Red Chilli Powder?
Red Chilli Powder is made by dry roasting a combination of red chillies which includes regular red chillies and kashmiri red chillies, cooling it down completely then grinding it fine.
What are the ingredients in Red Chilli Powder?
Red Chilli Powder is made using a combination of red chillies. Usually the hot variety is used for making red chilli powder but I have used kashmiri red chillies also for color.
Is Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder the same as regular Red Chilli Powder?
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder is less spicy but adds color, while other types of Red Chilli Powder are spicier but do not add color. When using only Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder in a recipe, more may be needed to achieve the desired level of spiciness.
Is Paprika equivalent to Indian Red Chilli Powder?
While Paprika and Red Chili powder may appear similar, they have distinct flavors. Paprika is mild with a slightly sweet taste, while Red Chili Powder is significantly hotter than paprika.
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Chilli Powder Recipe | Kashmiri Chilli Powder
- 1/4 kg long red chillies
- 1/4 kg kashmiri red chillies
- Start by selecting and gathering a supply of long red chillies. We will be utilizing two types: the standard long red chillies for heat and kashmiri red chillies for their vibrant color.
- Remove the stem from the red peppers.
- You have the option to retain 3-4 items and trim them with a kitchen scissors. Once finished, set them aside.
- First, use Kashmiri chilli and remove any stems if present.
- The Kashmiri red chillies are now prepared.
- Add the Kashmiri red chilli to a kadai and dry roast until it becomes crisp. Remove it from the heat and set it aside. To check if it is done, break a red chilli – it should break easily and not bend. If it is not perfect, continue roasting for a few more minutes. Alternatively, you can dry the chili peppers in the sun and then grind them, but make sure the sun is extremely hot.
- Next, incorporate a type of lengthy red pepper and dry fry until crunchy.
- Allow to cool fully before adding to blender.
- Grind it until it becomes a fine powder. Alternatively, you can have it milled and ground as well.
- After spreading it on a tray, allow it to cool before transferring to a clean, dry, and airtight container for storage. If the texture is too coarse, you can strain it once before storing.
- Newly made fragrant red pepper powder available.
- Select newly-picked red peppers for optimal taste.
- Make sure to wash the red peppers and remove the stem before roasting them.
- To achieve the ideal level of heat, taste, and color, always mix red chilies together.
- Instead of dry roasting, you can dry the red chillies in the sun until they become crispy. This process may take 2-3 days, depending on the amount of sun exposure in your home. It is recommended to cover the chillies with a netted cloth to prevent insects and flies from getting to them.
- During the summer, you can opt to sun-dry the item or use the dry roasting technique. If using the latter, be sure to roast it over a low flame to prevent burning.
- This product can be stored at room temperature, but if you need to keep it for longer than 6 months, refrigerate half of it. The remaining portion can be kept in your kitchen pantry for immediate use.
- The amount is based solely on personal preference. For a medium spice level, you can use a combination of 1/2 of each chili variety, as I have done. If you want a spicier dish, increase the amount of long chilies to 3/4 kg and kashmiri red chilies to 1/4 kg.
This blog post is about two types of chili powder: Red Chilli Powder and Kashmiri Chilli Powder. It was published on Sharmis Passions.