12 varieties of Indian chillies you must know about
14 May, 2022
1. Bhut Jolokia, North-East Region
Bhut Jolokia, also known as ‘ghost pepper’ is cultivated in the NorthEastern states of the country in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. It was certified as the hottest chilli in the world by the Guinness Book in 2007.
2. Kashmiri Chillies, Kashmir
The Kashmiri chilli is the most extensively used chilli in Indian households because of its unique characteristics.
3. Guntur Chilli, Andhra Pradesh
Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is the main producer and exporter of chillies and chilli powder to other parts of the world and is known for the spicy Guntur chillies like the Guntur Sannam.
4. Jwala Chilli, Gujarat
The Jwala chilli is grown in Kheda and Mehsana districts of Gujarat. The colour of the chilli is initially green which turns red once the chilli matures.
5. Kanthari Chilli, Kerala
The Kanthari chilli is also known as the ‘Bird’s Eye’ chilli of Kerala. The chilli becomes white in colour when it matures and imparts a good flavour and heat to dishes.
6. Byadagi Chilli, Karnataka
Named after the town of Byadagi, in Karnataka, this is a very famous variety of chilli that is known for its colour and pungency.
7. Ramnad Mundu/ Gundu
Tamil Nadu Native to the Ramnad district of Tamil Nadu, this chilli is small and round in shape and has a thin, shiny orange-red coloured skin.
8. Dhani, Manipur
Also known as ‘Bird’s Eye’ chilli of the North-East, this deep red coloured chilli is grown in Manipur and is sought after for its strong and pungent smell and taste.
9. Tomato Chilli, Andhra Pradesh
Grown in the Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, this variety of chilli is also known as Warangal Chappatta. The Tomato Chilli is short in size and deep red in colour.
10. Madras Puri, Andhra Pradesh
The Madras Puri contrary to its name is grown in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and is a fiery red, hot and extremely pungent variety of chilli.