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Chilli Powder - Seven brands tested – some could do better

Chilli powder has a significant position in many culinary preparations. Widely used in Indian, Chinese and Thai foods, this rich, colourful spice adds a sharp and flavourful taste to any delicacy. Just a dash or two of chilli powder can turn around the taste of your food! Apart from the burning sensation and fiery hotness that it lends to dishes, chilli powder is also a repository of medicinal and health-benefiting properties. When buying chilli powder off retail shelves, what attributes must one consider? While some variation in colour and flavour is a given, does that matter?


Yes, variations would matter if your chosen chilli powder’s brightness came from added colour. The country’s law does not permit the addition of extraneous colouring matter in chilli powder. So, read the labels of the packet to be sure. Among other things, it must also provide nutritional information, storage information, and ‘best before’ information. The following report checks eight brands of chilli powder along these and other parameters to enable us consumers to make an informed choice.

As per FSS Regulations, chilli powder should be free from extraneous colouring matter – that is, free from added colours. In laboratory results, all brands were found free from extraneous colouring matter.

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Chilli (lal mirchi) powder means the powder obtained by grinding clean ripe fruits or pods of chillies. It shall be free from mould, living and dead insects, insect fragments and rodent contamination. The powder shall be dry and free from dirt, extraneous colouring matter, flavouring matter, mineral oil and other harmful substances. The chilli powder may contain any edible vegetable oil to a maximum limit of 2.0 per cent by weight, under a label declaration for the amount and nature of oil used.As per FSS Regulations, chilli powder should be free from extraneous colouring matter – that is, free from added colours. In laboratory results, all brands were found free from extraneous colouring matter.

Side by Side comparison

Bharat (AGMARK)
Everest (AGMARK)
Ramdev Chilli Powder
MDH Chilli Powder
Catch (AGMARK)
Patanjali Chilli Powder
Buy Now Bharat (AGMARK)
Bharat ₹ 40
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Buy Now Everest (AGMARK)
Everest ₹ 30
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Buy Now Narpa
Narpa ₹ 33
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Buy Now Ramdev Chilli Powder
Ramdev ₹ 33
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Buy Now MDH Chilli Powder
MDH ₹ 32
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Buy Now Catch (AGMARK)
Catch ₹ 62
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Highlights
MRP (Rs)
Bharat (AGMARK) : 40
Everest (AGMARK) : 30
Narpa : 33
Ramdev Chilli Powder : 33
MDH Chilli Powder : 32
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : 61
Catch (AGMARK) : 62
Patanjali Chilli Powder : 50
Net Weight (Grams)
Bharat (AGMARK) : 100
Everest (AGMARK) : 100
Narpa : 100
Ramdev Chilli Powder : 100
MDH Chilli Powder : 100
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : 200
Catch (AGMARK) : 200
Patanjali Chilli Powder : 200
Unit Price (Rs) of 100 Grams
Bharat (AGMARK) : 40
Everest (AGMARK) : 30
Narpa : 33
Ramdev Chilli Powder : 33
MDH Chilli Powder : 32
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : 30.5
Catch (AGMARK) : 31
Patanjali Chilli Powder : 25
Best before (Months)
Bharat (AGMARK) : 6
Everest (AGMARK) : 9
Narpa : 12
Ramdev Chilli Powder : 10
MDH Chilli Powder : 12
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : 12
Catch (AGMARK) : 11
Patanjali Chilli Powder : 9
Marketed/Manufactured/Imported by
Bharat (AGMARK) : Bharat Masala Co., Delhi
Everest (AGMARK) : S Narendra Kumar & Co., Mumbai
Narpa : Bawa Enterprises, Delhi
Ramdev Chilli Powder : Ramdev Food Products Pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad
MDH Chilli Powder : Mahashian Di Hatti Pvt. Ltd, Delhi
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : Tata Chemicals Ltd, Mumbai
Catch (AGMARK) : DS Spiceco Pvt. Ltd, Delhi
Patanjali Chilli Powder : Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Delhi

As per FSS Regulations, chilli powder should be free from extraneous colouring matter – that is, free from added colours. In laboratory results, all brands were found free from extraneous colouring matter.

Bharat (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
Everest (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
Narpa : As per the legal requirement
Ramdev Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
MDH Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
Catch (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
Patanjali Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
As per FSS Regulations, moisture content should not be more than 11.0 per cent by weight. Less moisture means more shelf life for the food product and hence lower is better.
  • Moisture content in all brands was as per the legal requirement.
  • Moisture content was found minimum in Catch (5.8 per cent), which, as already stated, is beneficial for consumers. TATA Sampann (6.4 per cent) had the maximum moisture content.
  • Bharat (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
    Everest (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
    Narpa : As per the legal requirement
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
    MDH Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
    Catch (AGMARK) : As per the legal requirement
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : As per the legal requirement
    Ash insoluble in dilute hydrochloric acid is an indicator of dirt and dust in the food product – so, lower is better. As per FSS Regulations, on dry basis it should not be more than 1.3 per cent by weight.
  • Ash insoluble in dilute hydrochloric acid (HCL) on dry basis was within the required legal limit in all brands. It was lowest in MDH (0.037 per cent), which, as already stated, is beneficial for consumers. It was highest in TATA Sampann (0.060 per cent).
  • For General Qualities
    Bharat (AGMARK) : Packed in polythene
    Everest (AGMARK) : Packed in polythene
    Narpa : Packed in polythene
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : Packed in polythene
    MDH Chilli Powder : Packed in cardboard
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : Packed in polythene
    Catch (AGMARK) : Packed in plastic tub
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : Packed in polythene

    Chilli powder shall be packed in clean, sound and dry containers made of metal or glass food-grade polymers. The packing material shall be free from any fungal or insect infestation and should not impart any foreign smell. Each container shall be securely closed and sealed.

  • All brands were packed in polythene, with the exception of MDH, which was packed in cardboard with aluminium laminate inside.
  • Bharat (AGMARK) : Labelling as required
    Everest (AGMARK) : Labelling as required
    Narpa : Labelling as required
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : Labelling as required
    MDH Chilli Powder : Labelling as required
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : Labelling as required
    Catch (AGMARK) : Labelling as required
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : Labelling as required
    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet:
    • Name of the product
    • Trade name, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net quantity in gram or Kg
    • Month and year of manufacture
    • The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
    • Nutritional information
    • FSSAI license number
    • Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ or ‘non-vegetarian’ status
    • Storage information
    • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
    • Customer-care details
    The importance of marking cannot be overemphasised, as it gives information about the characteristics of the product and/or claims of the manufacturer, all of which help consumers in choosing the product.
  • All brands had labelling as required.
  • As per Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if available, of the person who can be – or the office that can be – contacted in case of consumer complaints.

    Customer Care No.
    Bharat (AGMARK) : 9810840435
    Everest (AGMARK) : 2232916233
    Narpa : 01127194269
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : 9099341234
    MDH Chilli Powder : 01125939609
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : 18001084488
    Catch (AGMARK) : 01204832860
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : 01334240008
    Observation
    Bharat (AGMARK) : Working
    Everest (AGMARK) : Working
    Narpa : Working
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : Working
    MDH Chilli Powder : Working
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : Working
    Catch (AGMARK) : Working
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : Working
    Email ID
    Bharat (AGMARK) : sashikapoor@mall.org
    Everest (AGMARK) : Not provided
    Narpa : Bawaent@vsnl.net
    Ramdev Chilli Powder : Not provided
    MDH Chilli Powder : mdhltd@vsnl.net
    Tata Sampann Chilli Powder : reachus@tatasampann. com
    Catch (AGMARK) : foods@dsgroup.com
    Patanjali Chilli Powder : feedback@ patanjaliayurved.org