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Chilli powder is red in colour due to the presence of pigments known as carotenoids.
Chillies are a source of
Vitamin C
The Bhut Jolokia chilli from Assam is just over 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a measure of spice intensity.

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One’s tolerance to spice has been a measure of strength, but did you know that chillies also help build immunity. The spiciness of red chilli powder is contributed by a component known as capsaicin. This is concentrated in the seeds and ribs of red chillies. Once the chilli is ground, capsaicin gets blended completely. The heat and spice of red chilli powder enhances the flavour of unflavoured cooked rice, boiled vegetables, pulses but also brings out the umami in any other savoury food items.

The nostalgic taste of raw mango topped with chilli powder is simply iconic. The spice cuts through the strong tanginess of the raw mango thereby coming full circle in the flavour chain. The pigmentation of red chillies improves the appearance of any food item.

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The Tata Sampann Advantage

Red chillies cultivated in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh are utilised for production of Tata Sampann Shahi Lal and Lal Mirch powder. The natural oils present in chillies are not extracted, so you can enjoy the full nutritional benefit of these. They go through stringent sterilization processes to maintain the quality and to keep it fresh.

Presence of carotenoids and capsaicin maintains the purity of flavour and colour in powdered form. Antioxidant properties of capsaicin provide many health advantages.

Health Benefits of Red Chilli

Red chillies are dried and ground to form chilli powder. Chilli Powder’s nutritional value is as follows

  • It increases the HDL(good cholesterol) in blood.
  • It improves cardiac functioning.
  • It improves the absorption of iron and enhances immunity.
  • The potassium helps in maintaining blood pressure levels.
  • Acts against arthritis, neuronal damage, post-operative reactions, etc.

    Nutrition Guru says:

    To check the purity of the Chilli Powder one can try the below tests. Contaminants that can be present in chilli powder include artificial colours, brick powder, lead salts and oil tar.

    Lead salt test
    Oil tar test
    Water test
    Artificial colours (Rhodamine B) test
    lead salt 1 1.
    Take a pinch of chilli powder
    lead salt 2 2.
    Add diluted nitric acid to it and filter
    lead salt 3 3.
    Collect filtrate and add iodide salt solution
    lead salt 4 4.
    If yellow colour forms, lead salts are present
    oil tar 1 1.
    Take 1.5 grams of chilli powder
    oil tar 2 2.
    Add ether solution forming separate layers
    oil tar 3 3.
    Add diluted acid
    oil tar 4 4.
    If acid layer turns pink, oil tar is present
    water test 1 1.
    Take a pinch of chilli powder
    water test 2 2.
    Add it to a glass of water
    water test 3 3.
    Pure chilli powder floats in water
    water test 4 4.
    If brick powder is present, it sinks in water
    step 1 1.
    Add acetone to a pinch of chilli powder
    step 2 2.
    If red colouration is seen, artificial colour is confirmed

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