Chilli powder (also spelt Chili powder) is a spice made from dried chilli peppers, that are gowned into a powder. It is usually sold blended with other spices cumin, garlic, and oregano to add more flavour. Chilli powder is used to add spice and flavour to dishes. It is usually sold in jars or packets.
Chilli powder can be found in many different types of cooking, like Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Portuguese, and Thai. Chilli powder is an essential ingredient in chilli con carne and many curries recipes.
Chilli powder substitutes
- Cayenne powder – is made from cayenne peppers which are particularly hot chillis.
- Paprika powder – has a strong flavour but is made from milder peppers.
Chilli powder nutritional benefits
Chilli powder may help fight inflammation in the body. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chilli powder also has high levels of beta-carotene which your body converts to vitamin A and it can also help to maintain good blood sugar levels.
There are about 282 calories per 100g of chilli powder.