Our Kashmiri Chili Powder is an heirloom variety grown in Kashmir. The chilis are prized for their flavor and vibrant red color, which imparts a beautiful hue to rubs for Tandoori meats and stews like Rogan Josh. The rich color and bright, sweet flavor make this chili powder a perfect everyday alternative to cayenne, and the full, round taste is a welcome addition anywhere you might use cayenne pepper or hot paprika. Ours it's hotter than others you may have tried!
Kashmiri chilis, in whole and powdered form, are a staple of Indian cuisine and a welcome addition to any dish that needs a burst of flavor and color. The fresh peppers are long, slender and brilliant red, and they are prized for their classic balance of heat and sweetness.
- Use in a rub for grilled lamb or other meat kebabs
- Add to soups and stews for medium heat and rich color
- Use anywhere you'd use cayenne pepper, chili powder or hot paprika
- Smoky-Spicy Dip
- Moong Dal with Garam Masala
- Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub
- Simple Spiced Tofu Scramble
- Barkha's Spring Pickles
- Grilled Spicy & Smoky Shrimp
- Kadhi with Jeera Rice
While we do not make any health claims on any of our spices, there has been some historic and limited recent evidence that chilis can potentially be helpful for:
- Cancers: Capsaicin shows potential natural cytotoxic and anticancer properties. (A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
- Increased Longevity: Several studies have shown a significant decrease in mortality associated with regular consumption of chili peppers. (A, B, C)
- Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension and Cholesterol: Diets containing chili peppers have shown a correlation with decreased cardiovascular mortality, improved blood pressure and potential for cholesterol reduction. (A, B, C, D)
- Osteoarthritis/Pain: Utilizing capsaicin shows potential improvement associated with chronic osteoarthritis pain, post-herpetic neuralgia and neuropathy. (A, B, C)
- Digestive Health: Chili peppers and capsaicin have been shown to have a gastroprotective effect in peptic ulcer disease, a beneficial effect on human gut microbiota and gastric emptying, and a potential to improve dysphagia symptoms. (A, B, C, D, E, F)
- Obesity: Regular consumption of capsaicinoids show a reduction in appetite and abdominal fat tissue levels, and an increase of energy expenditure. (A, B, C, D, E, F)
- Antimicrobial Benefits: Chilis inhibit various microbial pathogen growth, and have the potential to be used as antimicrobials. (A, B, C, D)
- Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: The target receptor of capsaicin (TRPV1) is present on many metabolically active tissues, and may show potential to treat the cluster of risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome and help regulate blood sugar levels. (A, B)
Further clinical studies are warranted and in progress. Please always consult your healthcare provider. This is not intended as medical advice.
Our partner farmer Showkat grows Kashmiri chilis on farms in Kashmir's famous saffron-growing region, Pampore. While most Kashmiri-variety chili isn't actually grown in Kashmir, Showkat grows two heirloom varieties in Kashmir proper.
So perfect in shrimp biryani
Love this in so many Indian dishes, but I especially love it in shrimp biryani, where its flavor really shines.
Perfect Flavor and Heat
Perfect Flavor and Heat
Kashmiri Chili is so good
We are eighty percent through the Kashmiri Chili already. We used it to spark up some dull fish fillets for use in fish tacos. Oh My that worked. Thank you for all you do!
Nice mellow heat
Maybe I am used to heat in my chili, but I got what I was hoping for - more red color and delicate flavour without the biting heat. I found them medium strength heat. I have read about these and finally cooked with them. They are a wonderful balance of flavour and color and heat. Love these chilis. Now I know why they are so popular in Indian food.