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What to use for Thai chili powder in brownie recipe?

IndyGirl Dec 29, 2011 08:13 AM

Hi all,
Here's the recipe:
http://globalasianculture.com/2010/th...

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?

  1. hotoynoodle Dec 29, 2011 08:28 AM

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

    1. paulj Dec 29, 2011 09:15 AM

      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.

      http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/bes...
      is another adaptation of the Alice Medrich recipe. The hot pepper addition is Liz's.

      4 Replies
      1. re: paulj
        IndyGirl Dec 29, 2011 10:26 AM

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

        1. re: paulj
          hotoynoodle Dec 30, 2011 08:26 AM

          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
            paulj Dec 30, 2011 10:09 AM

            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
              hotoynoodle Dec 30, 2011 10:53 AM

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

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