Chilli peppers, despite their fiery hotness, are one of the very popular spices known for their medicinal and health benefiting properties. They should be stored in the refrigerator inside a plastic bag where they will stay fresh for weeks. Completely dried red chilies are also available. Dry chilies can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dark place, inside airtight containers for many months; and can be milled to a powder using mixer/grinder as and when required. Raw, fresh chilies should be washed in clean water before used in cooking to remove any residual fungicides and sand. Chillies, either fresh or ground, can cause severe burning sensation to hands and severe irritation to nasal passages, eyes, and throat.
A 100g portion typically provides 40 calories, 8.81g carbohydrate, 0.44g fat, 1.87g protein.