whole dry kashmiri red chillies
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Also known as:
kashmiri mirch, kashmiri mirchi
No Indian palate is accustomed to bland food. We need chillies to pep up any savory dish. So, if you want less spicy with that perfect red colour to your dish - Kashmiri Chilli is the option. These chillies are smaller and rounder and less pungent but give a very vibrant red color to a dish. Finely grounded and distinctly flavored, Kashmiri Mirch is selectively bred for color and flavor. Available in a wide range of color values, the best are bright red and valued for their high color retention. They give a glowing red colour to dishes without imparting too much heat and making the dish more appealing and palatable. Kashmiri Mirch is a special blend of medium hot quality Red Pepper.
Soaked Kashmiri Red Chillies:
To soak the chillies, cut the chillies open. Discard the stems and seeds.Cut into small pieces with scissors. Place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 45 to 60 minutes. Drain and use as per recipe requirements.
Roasted Kashmiri Red Chillies:
Roast the red chillies lightly on a tava (griddle), till it leaves a pleasant aroma. Keep aside and use as per recipe requirements. You can roast whole Kashmiri red chillies or can cut the chillies open, remove the seeds and then can dry roast them
How to Select
The Kashmiri Mirchi is available in most general stores and is widely used for its colour. One can always throw in a few more into a curry without noticeable effect
· It can be added to any preparation that calls for Red chilli powder, if you want appealing red colour.
· It can be added to curries, vegetable dishes, tomato sauce, soups, stews.
· It is added to marinade for marinating and to frying onions along with chopped tomatoes while preparing curries.
· It can also be blended in equal proportion with red chilli powder. This is often done to improve the colour of the dish as well as to add that's hot taste.
How to Store
It can be stored whole or in powdered form in an air tight jar. Avoid exposure to air and moisture.