Chilli Pow­der Seven brands tested – some could do bet­ter

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillan­ce Series -

Chilli pow­der has a sig­nif­i­cant po­si­tion in many culi­nary prepa­ra­tions. Widely used in In­dian, Chi­nese and Thai foods, this rich, colour­ful spice adds a sharp and flavour­ful taste to any del­i­cacy. Just a dash or two of chilli pow­der can turn around the taste of your food! Apart from the burn­ing sen­sa­tion and fiery hot­ness that it lends to dishes, chilli pow­der is also a repos­i­tory of medic­i­nal and health-ben­e­fit­ing prop­er­ties. When buy­ing chilli pow­der off re­tail shelves, what at­tributes must one con­sider? While some vari­a­tion in colour and flavour is a given, does that mat­ter?

Yes, vari­a­tions would mat­ter if your cho­sen chilli pow­der’s bright­ness came from added colour. The coun­try’s law does not per­mit the ad­di­tion of ex­tra­ne­ous colour­ing mat­ter in chilli pow­der. So, read the la­bels of the packet to be sure. Among other things, it must also pro­vide nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, stor­age in­for­ma­tion, and ‘ best be­fore’ in­for­ma­tion. The fol­low­ing re­port checks eight brands of chilli pow­der along th­ese and other pa­ram­e­ters to en­able us con­sumers to make an in­formed choice.

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