General terms, yes kashmiri red chillies are not very hot but have a good flavour and color. No comments on how to recognise them and on origins. Generally we get kashmiri red chillies from local shop easily. But Indian shop keepers are known to con foreigners. Simple solution, buy branded ones like everest or MDH but they would be only available powdered I guess. Take someone Indian and let him do the buying............
Maybe it's a local thing but in north Goa, the guys on the stalls are very happy to discuss the 3 or 4 varieties of dried red chillies that they have, especially if they offer you the hot ones that look almost but not quite the same as the Kashmiri's and tell them that that's what you want and describe why.
The silly prices stop then too but that leaves me with more than I can possibly use for just a couple of rupes.
Of course, every other spice salesman in the market will still try to rip people off but that's not a problem because the chillies are the only thing that I take home as my city is home to one of the largest spice importers and packaging companies in Europe - so in almost every other case, the spices that I can buy at home are better quality than the ones in the market.
the variety is "Byadgi" chilli, very expensive deluxe chili, grown in North Karnataka and certain areas of Andhra Pradesh.
It is the king of chills , better than desi, and tejas varities.
Fantastic, I'll do some checking into the name - and they're now on my shopping list for next year - any information about the flavour and heat levels ?
Kashmir is heaven on earth and noone cooks Mutton/Lamb better than the Kashmiris!
You're not wrong there. I've been fortunate enough to have lived near a Kashmiri restaurant in the UK and all of their food (but especially the mutton) was fantastic.
I know parts of it are considered safe but it would be wonderful if we could see en end to the strife that has blighted that part of the world for so many years - I'd be scheduling a visit for my next trip.