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Dec 29, 2011 08:13 AM

What to use for Thai chili powder in brownie recipe?

Hi all,
Here's the recipe:

and in case you don't feel like clicking, here are the ingredients:
8 ounces 70% bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
1/8 teaspoon Thai chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (1.2 ounces) all-purpose flour

I don't have Thai chili powder and I have a feeling whole foods won't have it. Can I just use chili powder?

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  1. absolutely. chili powder is like curry powder -- a mix of spices.

    1. I suspect 'Thai chili powder' is just ground Thai chiles. Given the source I would not liken it to the mix (with cumin and oregano) that is used for Texas chili. The spice mixes for Thai curry usually come in a paste form, not a powder. That 1/8 tsp is providing heat more than anything else. Cayenne pepper would be a closer substitute. Even a few dashes of a bottled hot sauce would give the same effect.
      is another adaptation of the Alice Medrich recipe. The hot pepper addition is Liz's.

      4 Replies
      1. re: paulj

        OK, cool!! thank you! I have tons of hot cayenne.

        1. re: paulj

          i buy dried chile powder all the time. it doesn't contain cumin or oregano. just dried chiles. the color and intensity seem to differ, and there are subtle flavor differences.

          i do buy them in asian markets though, not the supermarket.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Korean markets, in particular, sell large bags of ground red chiles. But that is quite different from 'chili powder' (McCormack, Gebhardt) that the OP probably had in mind.

            1. re: paulj

              quite possibly. i pretty much never buy dried herbs or spices at a supermarket.