Just like all zesty and racy Indian spices, deggi mirch is a colorful blend of red Indian chillies carefully created to add flaming red tinge to curries and dry vegetables. If you are looking for mild spice in your meals with a dash of color then deggi mirch is your ideal choice.
Whether soups, stews, tandoori chicken, mixed vegetables, lentils, sambhar, paranthas, pulao or biryanis, deggi mirch can add a brilliant spark to any dish.
Flavor of Deggi Mirch-
The flavor can vary from mild to spicy hot depending upon the color. The strength of spice is mentioned on the packets. The brighter the color of the mirch, the stronger its flavor is.
How to select-
Powdered deggi mirch is easy to find. Buy only a well sealed packet. Some stores even sell whole deggi mirch that can be dried and then ground to a fine powder.
Benefits of Deggi Mirch-
- It is a good antioxidant and a rich source of Vitamin C.
- Keep 3-4 dry deggi mirch in the rice and sugar container to ward off insects and pests.
How to use-
When using deggi mirch to season your recipes, add it along with other spices. Heat oil, add cumin seeds and fry onions till they turn golden brown. Add tomatoes and let them cook a little. Now add turmeric, coriander powder, deggi mirch and salt.
It can be added as a sprinkle on raita or any yogurt dish as a seasoning.
How to store-
Whole Deggi Mirch or powdered Deggi Mirch can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place.
Deggi Mirch loses its flavor and color with time so it should be bought in small quantities.
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