Chillies Indian Whole – 20g

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A staple in Indian cuisine, Whole Indian Chillies can be used as is or ground into flakes or a fine powder for use in cooking. The flavour of dried chillies is quite different from their fresh counterparts due to the caramelisation of sugars that occurs during the drying process, creating a more complex flavour. They are used widely in Indian, Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine.  

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Flavour Notes:

The flavour of dried Indian chillies is quite different from their fresh counterparts due to the caramelisation of sugars that occurs during the drying process, creating a more complex flavour. Medium in heat, you can add these chillies whole or crushed to a range of dishes to your heat tolerance and liking.

Culinary Notes:

Our dried Indian Chillies Whole can be chopped up dried or soaked and re-hydrated in hot water for 20 minutes before use. Their sweet capsicum-like flavour paired with a kick of heat make an excellent addition to Asian dishes like curries and stir fries or Mediterranean meals like pasta sauces, soups and slow cooks. They also make a great finishing garnish along with or in-place of fresh chillies or herbs.

Health Benefits:

All chillies contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation and aiding in weight loss.


100% dried Whole Indian Chillies

Country of Origin:


Other Names or Spelling:

Aji, Red Pepper, chilli whole, chilli Kashmiri whole

How to use

  • Add whole pods during cooking and remove before serving to infuse the flavour
  • Add to curries, vegetable dishes, tomato sauce, soups, stews and stir-fries
  • They can be blended in a grinder for dishes that require ground chillies
  • Rehydrate in boiling water before using – See below for our post on how to rehydrate chillies correctly

The Spice People FAQs

They are often fried in oil or dry-roasted to release their flavor before being added to curries, stews, sauces, chutneys and spice blends.

While whole Indian chillies are primarily used in Indian cooking, they can also add flavor and heat to a variety of international dishes, including Mexican, Thai and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Whole Indian chillies are suitable for most diets, including vegetarian and vegan diets. However, individuals with sensitivity to spicy foods should use them in moderation. Always check for any specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

These spices are different. Paprika is the sweet cousin of Kashmiri chilli specific to western cuisine. Kashmiri chilli popular in Indian cuisine and is hotter than paprika.

Place the Kashmiri chilli under the sun for two days. When the chillies turn crispy, grind them in a food mill. Cool down the powder and store it in an airtight jar.

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Country Flavours

This subtle and artful balance provides the perfect flavour foundation for creating the best Malaysian food with the addition of salty hits from dried anchovies and shrimp, up to ten different soy sauces ranging from salty to sweet, puckering sourness from tamarind pulp, and sweetness from palm sugar and coconut milk. Cook your own authentic Malaysian Cuisine with our Malaysian spices online and explore our catalogue of beautiful recipes you can make with this spice blend.

History & influences

Arab traders brought spices from the Middle East, European and British travellers introduced produce like peanuts, pineapple, avocado, tomato, squash and pumpkin. During their time on the Malay Peninsula, the Chinese developed a distinctive cuisine known as ‘Nonya’, resulting from blending Chinese recipes and wok cooking techniques with spices and ingredients used by the local Malay community. The dishes are tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbaceous, and the signature dish is none other than Malaysia’s famous spiced noodle soup – Laksa.

What is Malaysian cuisine

As important as the rendang recipe itself is to Malaysian cuisine, what to serve with beef rendang is arguably just as imperative. Whether making the traditional beef version or a slightly lighter chicken, vegetable or fish, the rich flavour and intense texture of a rendang requires a perfect balance of freshness and tang when it comes to entrees and sides. Salads like Fresh Cucumber & Peanut and Sweet and Sour Cucumber & Pineapple Achar provide the perfect disruption to the bold, rich spices of the rendang and soothe and cool the palette alongside fluffy steamed rice and flaky golden roti bread. Entrees served at meal times in Malaysia often feature Nasi Lemak – their national dish, or Malaysian Chicken Satay to whet the appetite ready for the main event. Traditionally, the best Malaysian food is finished with an after-meal drink of Kopi Tarek ‘sweet coffee’ or The Tarik ‘sweet tea’. These are combined with condensed milk and water, and the coffee or tea drinks are ‘pulled’ by pouring vigorously between jugs to create a frothy consistency. To read more about the flavours of Malaysia and the traditional accompaniments to an authentic Malaysian Rendang, Click Here to check out our blog post.


Malaysia is also known for its growing and production of spices, namely cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cloves. These spices are known as ‘rempah empat beradik’, meaning the four siblings as they are found throughout most Malay dishes. These are sold separately or as a handy blend often under names like ‘seafood curry spices’ or ‘meat curry spices’. Paired with other aromatics like kaffir lime, galangal and lemongrass (locally grown and imported) these four spices produce the complex and fragrant base flavour and aroma famous for Malaysian cooking.  As diverse as the people themselves, every aspect of Malaysian cuisine is a combination of sweet, sour, rich and spicy, combined in a way, unlike any other country’s cuisine.

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