|September 26, 2022


Introduction to Chili Powders

When you think of Indian cuisine, the first thing that probably comes to mind is spicy. The added spice in Indian dishes comes from chili powder. We prepare Chili Powders from grounded chilies. Unlike Tex-Mex Chili Powder, Red Chili Powder from India contains 100% red chilies instead of a blend of spices. India produces ten varieties of chilies and is home to one of the most famous chilies, the infamous ghost pepper. The ghost pepper is grown in North East India and became famous in 2007. It is the hottest pepper in the world. Alco has three different varieties of chili powder, which include:

Kashmiri Chili Powder

Kashmiri Chili Powder

Kashmiri Chili Powder comes from ground-up Kashmiri Chillies, which are native to Kashmir. People choose Kashmiri Chilli Powder for its color and flavor instead of its heat. The vibrancy of its red color and its smoky and sweet taste are the bases of its quality.

Red Chili Powder

Red Chili Powder

Red Chili Powder is very popular in Indian cuisine and is commonly used to add heat to curries. Our Red Chili Powder is 100% pure and only contains grounded Red Chilies. American Tex-Mex Chili Powder typically contains one part Red Chili to seven parts other spices. It is essential to keep the two clear, or you might end up making your food a lot spicier than you would've liked.

Red Hot Chili Powder

Red Hot Chili Powder

Are you looking for something hotter than our Red Chili Powder? Our Red Hot Chili Powder blends some of India's hottest chilies. For those who love spice, our Red Hot Chili Powder will take your food's spiciness to another level.

What Are The Ingredients In Chili Powders?

Alco uses 100% grounded chilies sourced from India to prepare its Chili Powders.

Where Do Chili Powders Come From?

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Kashmiri Chili Powder

Alco employs Kashmiri Chilies from Kashmir, the northernmost region of India, to prepare Kashmiri Chili Powder. The chilies are grown in the Kashmir Valley, between the Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range, in the southern part of Kashmir. The southern part of Kashmir provides fertile soil for excellent chili-growing conditions. The Kashmiri Chili is in very high demand throughout all of India. Several have tried growing the Kashmiri Chilies in other areas of India but have been unable to replicate its hue and flavor. Kashmir is also home to other desirable spices, such as shahi jeera and saffron. Beyond spices, the Kashmir region also grows various fresh and dry fruits.

Red Chili Powder And Red Hot Chili Powder

Alco sources Red Chili from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, to prepare Red Chilli Powder and Red Hot Chili Powder. Andhra Pradesh produces the most chilies in India, and their most popular chili is the Guntur Sannam. The Guntur Sannam contains a large amount of capsaicin, which gives the chilies their dark red color and intense heat. The Guntur Sannam is a fan favorite in many Indian dishes.

How Are Chili Powders Processed?

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Step 1: Dry Cleaning Machine

Cleans the unwanted materials off of the chili peppers

Step 2: Deseeding Machine

Separates the seeds and skin of the chili pepper

Step 3: Drying Machine

Removes the remaining moisture from the chilies

Step 4: Milling and Sifting Machine

A rotary hammer first breaks down the chili to create a coarse powder. The broken-down chilies will be filtered and ground continually until we get a fine powder.

Step 5: Packaging Machine

When the fine red chili powder is ready, it goes into a packaging machine that evenly disperses it into its packets and jars. The packaging is then sealed and ready to be sold.

    What Do Chili Powders Taste Like?

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    Kashmiri Chili Powder 

    Kashmiri Chili powder has a smoky and sweet flavor with little heat or spiciness.

    Red Chili Powder 

    Red Chili Powder has a warm spicy flavor.

    Red Hot Chili Powder 

    Red Hot Chili Powder has a warm and very spicy flavor.

    What Dietary And Health Benefits Do Chili Powders Provide?

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    Dietary Benefits of Chili Powder

    • Gluten-Free
    • NON-GMO
    • Paleo Friendly
    • KETO Friendly
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan

    Chili Powder contains the bioactive compound capsaicin, which has various potential health benefits. When consumed regularly, chili powder may numb your pain receptors over time and help reduce heartburn pain caused by acid reflux. Chili Powder paired with a healthy lifestyle may also aid in weight loss by increasing the rate your body burns fat. Chili Powder also contains many essential minerals and vitamins, which include:

    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in many fruits and meats. Vitamin A is critical for your vision and is an essential part of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light. Vitamin A also helps with cell growth and differentiation, which enables you to maintain a healthy heart, lungs, and many other organs.

    Vitamin C

    An antioxidant that helps your cells fight against free radicals and lower your disease risk. Vitamin C is essential to forming bones' blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen.

    Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6 plays a vital role in your brain's development and maintaining a healthy immune and nervous system. 

    Vitamin K1

    Vitamin K1 supports blood clotting, bone health, and heart health by helping activate proteins. It breaks Vitamin K into two forms. Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2. Leafy green vegetables are sources of Vitamin K1.


    Copper is necessary for survival. Copper with Iron is used to produce red blood cells. Copper also helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function. 


    Potassium plays a vital role in nerve function, muscle contraction, maintaining a healthy heart rate, and offsetting sodium's harmful effects on blood pressure.

      How To Use Chili Powders?

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      Kashmiri Chili Powder

      Kashmiri Chili Powder is essential in many Indian curries and tandoori chicken. Kashmiri Chili Powder can add a bit of sweetness, mild heat, and that beautiful red hue to any food that will absorb the color, such as fats, oils, and rice. Kashmiri Chili Powder plays an excellent role in tomato-based sauces, especially when paired with Star Anise.

      Red Chili Powder

      Red Chili Powder is very popular in Indian cuisine. Red Pepper Powder adds spice and heat to many Indian dishes ranging from curries, sauces, chutneys, pastes, and pickles.

      Red Hot Chili Powder

      Red Hot Chili Powder is very popular in Indian cuisine. You can use it in various dishes such as saag paneer, coconut curry, chutney, and roasted vegetables. We recommend using Red Hot Chili Powder in tiny amounts as it is highly spicy. If you use too much Red Hot Chili Powder, remember that you can counter the spiciness with dairy products such as milk and yogurt.

      What Makes Alco Spices Unique?

      We take great care to source the best spices from around India. Our kicks boast solid and aromatic flavors that will inspire you to explore new tastes in the kitchen. We are committed to providing safe and transparent food products. All our spices are natural. We do not add any artificial flavors or preservatives. Our products do not contain chemicals to extend their shelf life. Our commitment to the community includes ethically sourcing all our raw spices or khada masala from Indian farmers. We believe in supporting their livelihoods.


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