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Watch: How To Find The Purity Of Your Red Chilli Powder – Tips Shared By FSSAI



Cayenne pepper is one of the most common spices in our pantry. A whole red chili is used for tempering in lentils, while red chili flakes are sprinkled for garnishing on pizzas and pastas. And then there’s red chili powder. This not only helps to add that extra zing to your food but also enhances the color to make it rich and flavorful. Earlier, red chillies were dried and then grinded to obtain powder, which was then stored for future use. However, today in this fast-paced world we get readymade red chili powder which is easily available at every grocery store. But did you know that the red chilli powder you are buying from your nearest store may be adulterated. This is right.

Red chili powder can also be adulterated

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Brick and soapstone powders are often added to red chili powder to enhance the colour. This in turn affects our health negatively. Now the question is how to get pure red chili powder which we are using. Fret not, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has shared a simple solution.

FSSAI took to Twitter to share a video containing a few simple steps to find out the purity of red chili powder. Let’s do a simple test.

Step 1. Take a glass of water.

Step 2. Add one teaspoon red chili powder to it.

Step 3. Now check the residue-

Rub the residue on your palm. If any roughness is felt after rubbing, it is brick powder/sand. And if you think it’s soapy and greasy, it has soapstone.

Watch the video demonstration here:

About Somdutt SahuInvestigator- Somdutt likes to call this himself. In the matter of food, people or places, she only wants to know the unknown. A simple aglio oleo pasta or lentils and rice and a good movie can make his day.


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