Indian spices and spices are known for their richness of taste and various health benefits. These ingredients have grown in popularity around the world. And scientific studies confirm the conventional wisdom about the benefits of these spices. However, uncontrolled adulteration of these spices can often be a problem. Black pepper is an ingredient that is an integral part of Indian cuisine. But did you know that it can be easily adulterated? You do not want to buy and consume adulterated black pepper. But how do you understand the difference between pure black pepper and its adulterated version?
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has a solution. His official Instagram handle reveals how black pepper is commonly adulterated and how it is recognized. His post was captioned, “Detecting Blackberry Adulteration in Black Pepper.”
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Most often, black pepper can be mixed with blackberries. To find out, FSSAI suggests a simple test. All you have to do is take a small amount of black pepper. Keep it on the tabletop. Try pressing or crushing this amount with your finger or thumb. Unadulterated chillies will not break easily. But if the bunch is adulterated, you will be able to crush some of them. Crushed light colored blackberries will be made that have been mixed with black pepper.
Here is the FSSAI video which explains the process:
Earlier, FSSAI had posted a video which can help in differentiating between normal red chilli powder and adulterated chilli powder. Common tincture is brick powder, sand or talcum powder mixed with red chili powder. FSSAI suggests another simple test for this. Take a glass of water. Add a teaspoon of red chili powder to it. Let it settle for some time. Then, take the residue in your palm and rub it in with your finger. If you feel any grit, the powder is likely adulterated with brick powder or sand. If the residue feels too greasy and soapy, the powder is likely mixed with the soapstone.
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Watch this video to understand the process of testing red chili powder for adulteration:
It is very important to differentiate between pure spices and adulterated versions, as it helps us to eat the purest version of food and maintain good health.