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8 Best Kashmiri Chili Powder Substitutes

Kashmiri chili powder has a vibrant red color and mild smoky flavor, making it a popular ingredient in many Northern Indian curries and stews. However, it is not as common in Western kitchens and not as readily available at local grocery stores. If you find yourself in the mood for tandoori chicken and don’t have time to make it to an Indian grocery store, we have 8 great alternatives for Kashmiri chili powder.

Kashmiri chili powder is a spice that comes from dried Kashmiri peppers, which are harvested in the Kashmir region of Northern India. The chiles and the powder are known for having a bright red color, and sweet smoky taste. It is also a relatively mild chili powder, especially in Indian cuisine, with a Scoville heat unit (SHU) range of 1,000 to 2,000. For comparison, this is less spicy than a mild jalapeño that has a SHU range of 2,500 to 8,000.

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