How To Make Red Chili Flakes At Home

Are you going to buy red chili flakes?

Why paying extra for a simple recipe, that can be easily prepared at home. Red Chili flakes are nothing but coarse-grained red chilies. Red chilies are available at half the price of red chili flakes available in the market. Crushing these red chilies to prepare red chili flakes is also a very easy task. Then why paying extra for this simple process.

Red Chili Flakes Bottle

So, have you been paying for the packaging and the bottle?

Yes of course! And that also without knowing – what quality of red chili has been used. And under which hygienic condition it has been crushed and packed.

Some may say “NO” it tastes different. It is sweeter than usual red chili flakes.

Yes, of course the taste of chili flakes depends on the type of chili used to prepare chili flakes. For this you have to understand your requirement and type of chili to use for preparing chili flakes.

Let’s first discuss about the types of chilies. In India usually three type of chili are popularly in use.

Whole red chilies (cayenne chilies) used for its hot spicy taste. These red chilies are very hot, a little bit of red chili is enough to make any dish hot. These chilies have bright red colored and have glossy skin as you can see below.

Kashmiri red chili used more often as coloring agent as these are mild hot. It instantly imparts a vibrant red color to any dish with a hint of heat as well. These chilies are deep red in color and have wrinkles on skin as you can see below.

Another type of thick red chili is used to prepare red chili pickles. These paprika chilies are available in bell peppers or chili pepper varieties. These chilies (both bell peppers or chili pepper varieties) can be grounded to make paprika flakes. You could find mild, medium and hot paprika. The mild and medium hot paprika are slightly sweet in taste. So, depending on your needs choose it.



To prepare chili flakes, taste the pepper before you make your crushed flake batch. What may be considered to be hot to some may not be to others. Or you may not like the taste of certain peppers.

How to make Red Chili Flakes

Preparation of red chili flakes is very easy. You just need to dry roast them and prepare chili flakes. Follow the below steps to prepare easy hot chili flakes for you chaat recipes. You can also use Kashmiri chili and follow the same steps to get mild hot chili flakes.

Red Chili Flakes Recipe

When you can make red chili flakes in the comfort of your home. Why you are buying crushed red pepper at double price? Here is the easy recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Punam Paul


  • dry whole red chilies (सूखी साबुत लाल मिर्च)


Preparation for Red Chili Flakes

  • Pluck and carefully remove the chili stems.
  • Dry roast the chilies in a thick-bottomed pan over low flame, till their colour turn (1-2 min)
  • Let the roasted dry red chilies cool to room temperature. 

How to make red chili flakes

  • Put the dry red chilies in a grinder jar. Grind for a 5 seconds to get coarse chili flakes, longer to make the chili flakes fine. I prefer them coarse.
  • You can also place the roasted dry red chilies in a plastic bag and crush them with your hand. If your skin is sensitive wearing gloves is recommended.
  •  Carefully pour crushed chili flakes into an airtight container for storage.
  • Wash your hand with soap very well to avoid stinging.
  • Stir it over raitas. Sprinkle and spice up your fries, chaat and salads. 

Oh, I forgot to tell the quantity of chili required to get the desired quantity of chili flakes. So, here is a rough estimate for cayenne chili flakes. 

1 teaspoon flakes = 2 whole cayenne chilies

For, paprika flakes the quantity of flakes depends on the size of Paprika Chili thus you have to calculate it based on the above estimate.

How to make Paprika Chili Flakes

Preparing paprika chili flakes is little tricky. Since paprika is usually not available in dry form thus firstly you have to dehydrate the fresh paprika to prepare chili flakes. Follow these steps to prepare paprika chili flakes to get mild hot and sweet taste.

Paprika Chili Flakes

Prep Time1 d
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 d 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: East European, Hungarian, Italian
Author: Punam Paul


  • paprika (लाल शिमला मिर्च)


Preparation for Paprika Chili Flakes

  • First, wash and dry paprika.
  • Next, cut and carefully remove the chili stems.
  • Then slice each pepper in half lengthwise for smaller peppers, or into rings for thicker peppers. It is best to cut them into 1/2 inch or smaller pieces for ease and uniformity of drying. But, don't remove the seeds.
  • Put the chili pieces in a plate and spread them under the sun, until they are crispy. Alternatively, you can make them dry by placing them in a warm oven if you want quick result. Though I recommend you to sun dry them for better taste.

How to quickly dehydrate chili in oven

  • Heat the oven at the lowest setting possible around 75ºC or a low setting. Arrange the peppers pieces side by side over a baking sheet with skin portion on the top.
  • Put it in the oven to bake. Although there is no set time to bake the chili peppers for drying but 6 hours approximately will be sufficient to bake them properly. Initially for first 1-2 hours keep an eye on them, and turn every 10-15 minutes or so for even drying from all the sides.
  • After the chilies got baked properly leave chili pieces in the oven overnight, so they can continue to dry and dehydrate.

How to make red chili flakes

  • Now, put them in a mixer jar. Grind for a 5 seconds to get coarse chili flakes, longer to make the chili flakes fine. I prefer them coarse.
  • You can also place the roasted dry red chilies in a plastic bag and crush them with your hand. If your skin is sensitive wearing gloves is recommended.
  • Carefully pour crushed chili flakes into an airtight container for storage.
  • Carefully pour crushed chili flakes into an airtight container for storage.
  • Your easy paprika flakes are ready to use - Sprinkle over your pizza. Spice up your sausages. 


  • Do not touch your face or eyes when working with chili peppers.
  • Keep small children and pets well away from the cooking zone.

Interesting Fact:

It’s Interesting to tell you that world’s hottest chili – bhut jolokia is also grown in the Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. The Bhut jolokia, also known as ghost pepper, ghost chili and ghost jolokia has Scoville scale of 1,041,427 SHU. Here is how it looks like.

Bhut Jolokia

Punam Paul

Punam Paul

Punam Paul is Indian chef with passion to cook and serve Indian food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian with love. She has been school teacher who quit a 8-years-old job and founded the cooking website,

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