You're going to need some dried pasilla peppers if you want to make authentic pasilla chili powder. Handily, they are easily available online nowadays for those folk who don't grow their own or have a local store that sells them...
...These are a gorgeous looking pepper, deep purple, almost black in colour with a rich flavour and mild to medium heat and typically 6 to 8 in (15 to 20 cm) in length. And for those who are interested in the heat rating, they measure 1000-3999 SHU on the Scoville scale. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Ingredients: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)
3-4 dried pasilla peppers
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp allspice berries
2 tsp smoked paprika powder (or regular paprika)
2 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp ajwain seeds (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp salt (see note 2)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your pasilla powder in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note: You can dry toast the pepper pieces, peppercorns, allspice berries, cumin, and fenugreek seeds prior to grinding and combining. The heat really brings out the most fabulous flavours and aromas and is recommended. Click here for tips on this. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: I do recommend using a good quality salt: sea/rock/flakes etc as they're less processed and therefore supposedly healthier. However you can use regular table salt (I sometimes do) if that's all you have available. OR, if you're on a low salt diet, reduce the amount used or leave it out completely.
Ingredient Note: I recommend using as many whole ingredients as you can when making this blend. However, if you don't have whole available you can simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts the recipe requires by half. For example, for 2 teaspoons of whole fenugreek seeds you would use 1 teaspoon of pre-ground fenugreek. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
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Of course it's convenient to pop to the store and pick up a jar of commercial chili spice mix; but here's why I recommend you make your own...
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