kashmiries call them Marchawangan in their local language and mostly every household grows kashmiri chillies in their orchids.Every kashmiri Food or cuisine mostly contains kashmiri mirchi in it so kashmiri mirchi always remains in demand.kashmiri mirchi is also used world wide for its uniqueness.Chefs and people all over world prefer to use kashmiri chillies.kashmiri chillies are exported all over india and world.
Most Indian dishes are incomplete
without a dash of chilli powder. However, when you want that mild zing and enticing red colour but also moderate spiciness, then Kashmiri MIRCHI or chilli
is the best option. These chillies are smaller and rounder and less pungent but give a very glowing and awesome red colour to a dish.
In fact, they are specially used for their
vibrant red and moderate spiciness. Available in a wide range of colour values, the best varieties are bright red coloured and valued for their high colour retention. They give a glowing red colour to dishes without imparting too much heat and make the dish more appealing and palatable.
Roasted dry kashmiri red chillies
Roast the red chillies lightly on a tava (griddle),
till it gives out 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 dry roast them.
Soaked dry 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 30 minutes. Drain and
use as per recipe requirements.
How to Select kashmiri mirchi
• Kashmiri chillies or kashmiri mirch are readily available in most grocery stores and supermarkets in whole and powdered form.
• Choose the ones with good red colour and uniform size. Avoid buying those that are reddish brown in colour.
• If buying from bulk bins, make sure the lot is not contaminated with sticks and stones and also ensure that the bins were kept covered to
• If buying pre-packaged, check the seal of the package and the date of packing to choose as new a lot as possible.
• If you want to impart an appealing red colour to the food without making it too hot and spicy, then this is the perfect red chilli variety for you.
• It can be added to curries, vegetable dishes, tomato sauce, soups and stews in whole, crushed and powdered forms as required by the recipe.
• A powder of Kashmiri red chillies can be added to marinades, and while frying onions and tomatoes for preparing curries.
• It can also be blended in equal proportion with a spicier red chilli powder if you want both colour and hotness.
How to Store kashmiri chilli or mirch
• It can be stored whole or in powdered form, at room temperature, in an airtight jar.
• Avoid exposure to air and moisture.
• If colour fades, it means the lot is getting old, so use up soon or discard.