The pasilla chilli is a long, thin, green-coloured chilli which turns dark brown when it matures. When dried it acquires a raisin-like texture, which is why it is called ‘pasilla’ meaning ‘little raisin’ in Spanish. The ripe pasilla is called as "Chilaca" or "Chiles Negro" and is available in Mexico. With its medium to high pungency, it imparts a rich flavour to enchiladas and chilli sauces.
Red chilli roundels
Clean, wash and dry the red chillies. Place the chilli on a chopping board, using a sharp knife discard the stem. Start cutting the chillies horizontally into desired size of thick or thin roundels and use as required. Mostly used in Asian Cuisine and in salads dressings.
• Fresh red chillies are milder than the other varieties and taste great when chopped into salads or used as a decoration on dishes.
• It fits well into pizza toppings and pastas.
• Chilli powder is a common seasoning for chips and such snacks.
• You can also make a hot chilli sauce with red chillies. First heat some oil, add ground chillies, some garlic, a dash of salt and a dash of cumin powder, and cook for a few minutes. Your sauce it ready.
How to store fresh red chillies, lal mirch, lal mirchi
• Wash the chillies well and leave them to dry on the counter top.
• Then, pack loosely in a breathable bag or container and store in the refrigerator.
• It will stay good for two weeks.
Health benefits of fresh red chillies, lal mirch, lal mirchi
• The substance capsaicin which the red chillies their characteristic spiciness may help reduce inflammation in the body. The cayenne in red chillies has shown to have heart protecting
benefits in a few studies. On the other hand, the vitamin C
in it, can also boost immunity
to some extent. They also contain some amounts of beta carotene
, very few carbs
and a small amount of protein