In a nutshell: Use these mild chilli flakes in southern Indian vegetarian curries like sambar and bisi bele bath.
The Kaddi chilli (also known as Byadgi chilli) is mostly grown in the southern Indian state of Karnataka and is famed for its mild flavour and colour - a red oil used to colour food dyes and nail polish is extracted from the oleoresin found in it's pods. The word 'Kaddi' means 'stick-like' in the local Kannada dialect and it is often used as a substitute for the very rare Kashmirii hot chilli pepper. Despite a mild and sweet flavour, it still has some fire to it and will make you sneeze when you grind it! In southern India, they use it in bisi bele bath ( a popular spicy vegetable, tamarind and cashew curry with rice) and sambar, a multi vegetable and lentil curry.
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Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.