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I am trying to figure out the proper name for those small green chilies (they're thin, about 2 inches in length) used frequently in Indian recipes. They seemed to be everywhere while I was in London for a month, but I can only find them in New York at Indian groceries. I feel that I must be over thinking this, but still, I'm confused!

asked by LukasVolger almost 4 years ago
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added almost 4 years ago

I believe you're talking about Serrano peppers. They are used a lot in Thai dishes, not sure about Indian.

added almost 4 years ago

probably serranos

added almost 4 years ago

Red-green-chili-peppers I believe you are talking about the bhut jolokia. Accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world's spiciest chili, it is grown and eaten in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat. It has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chili's spiciness.
Can be bright red or green.

Hope this helps.

added almost 4 years ago

I'm with Stockout. I have had pretty good success with Thai bird chilies as a substitute.


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added almost 4 years ago

I think they're Serranos.


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added almost 4 years ago

I'll go with Thai Bird (fits the dimensions described) but I'm staying far away from anything that has a million Scoville units. Apply to tongue. Die.

added almost 4 years ago

Cayenne_chili_peppers In our language Malayalam we call ''Pachamulagu'' or ''Kappal mulagu'' English it is cayenne chili peppers


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added almost 4 years ago

Thai bird peppers are mild compred to Scotch bonnets. I avoid the stand that sells scotch bonnets at the farmer's market. My lips tingle when i'm near them because the heat aromatizes. Think they're Thai, judging by dimensions.

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