Often, chilli powder is adulterated with brick powder, salt powder, talc powder, soapstone, and the like. To lend colour, harmful artificial chemicals are used.
Chilli was brought to India by Vasco-Da-Gama in the 16th century, before which black pepper was the only source through which spices were incorporated into Indian cuisine.
Curry leaves is an unavoidable ingredient in Indian cuisine that gives flavour and aroma to the dishes.
Chilli is available in a variety of colours including red, green, yellow, orange, purple and even black.