Heat Level 2 - Medium
Crushed Chillies contain the
flesh and seeds of whole chillies; if you want to add a warm, fiery punch
to a dish, then look no further. Chilli peppers can really spice up a meal
and are often used in Tex-Mex and Mexican meals. Crushed chillies are also
used as a table condiment in many cultures to add heat.
Chilli pepper, the
fruit of a hardy plant, has a special feature: the smaller it is, the
hotter it tastes! Unlike other spices, often a small quantity is
sufficient in a dish, with a single pinch adding a delicious spicy
Traditionally used to help improve digestion, recent scientific
studies suggest that chilli peppers may also have a favourable impact on
energy metabolism and sensation of hunger (1)(2)(3)(4)(5).
Ahuja KD, Robertson IK, Geraghty DP, Ball MJ. Effects of chilli
consumption on postprandial glucose, insulin, and energy metabolism.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2006;84:63-69.
(2) Inoue N,
Matsunaga Y, Satoh H, Takahashi M. Enhanced energy expenditure and fat
oxidation in humans with high BMI scores by the ingestion of novel and
non-pungent capsaicin analogues (capsinoids). Bioscience, Biotechnology
and Biochemistry. 2007;71:380-389.
(3) Lejeune MP, Kovacs EM,
Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Effect of capsaicin on substrate oxidation and
weight maintenance after modest body-weight loss in human subjects.
British Journal of Nutrition. 2003;90:651-659.
(4) Ohnuki K, Niwa S, Maeda
S, Inoue N, Yazawa S. Fushiki T. CH-19 sweet, a non-pungent cultivar of
red pepper, increased body temperature and oxygen consumption in humans.
Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. 2001;65:2033-2036.
Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Smeets A, Lejeune MP. Sensory and
gastrointestinal satiety effects of capsaicin on food intake.
International Journal of Obesity. 2005;29:682-688.
Foil Fresh seal for extra flavour
Used in moderate quantities, crushed chillies help boost the
flavour of your favourite dishes without masking the flavour of the
other ingredients. Typically used in savoury cooking, crushed chillies
are occasionally used in desserts and blends well with chocolate.
- Sprinkling a pinch of flakes into pasta sauces to add heat
- Adding to marinades to give meat a kick on the barbecue
- Stirring into chopped tomatoes and onions for a quick salsa dip
- Adding to curries and Mexican dishes for a robust heatSprinkling over pizzas.
Recipes using Chillies Crushed