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Substituting Thai Red Chillies

RansomJac Jul 23, 2012 02:33 PM

I have a recipe for spicy apricot jam, and it calls for dried Thai red chilies. I've just moved to a new city and I can't find them anywhere. And admittedly I'm not that familiar with Thai chillies so I'm not very clear how to substitute them.

Ideally I would like to swap them out for crushed red pepper, since that's whats sitting around my house at the moment..

My question is could I use that as a substitute, and if not what should I get? And how much?

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    knucklesandwich RE: RansomJac Jul 23, 2012 02:42 PM

    Yes, you can. Thai chili is much hotter, so factor that in.

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      RansomJac RE: knucklesandwich Jul 23, 2012 02:49 PM

      Part of my problem is that it calls for 2 chili, chopped. I have no idea what the yield of 2 chilies are, so I'm not sure how much to start with when I'm trying to adjust.

    2. chefj RE: RansomJac Jul 23, 2012 03:24 PM

      I would think about a teaspoon

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        AlkieGourmand RE: RansomJac Jul 23, 2012 08:05 PM

        Dried Thai red chiles are hella hot. Maybe use a teaspoon of cayenne. Won't be as hot as the two Thai red chiles, but cayenne has a lot of flavor so you can't just pour it in leisurely.

        The "crushed red pepper" found in the supermarket spice aisle and pizza parlors isn't hot at all. You could use a whole jar and it still might not be as hot as two dried Thai red chiles. I wouldn't use that.

        Of course, you can buy pretty much anything, including Thai red chiles, on Amazon these days:


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          stormshadow RE: RansomJac Jul 24, 2012 06:43 AM

          I think Chile de arbol would also be a good substitute.

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            ChiliDude RE: RansomJac Jul 24, 2012 07:07 AM

            If you are so inclined, access the online catalog of Pendrey's, a purveyor of condiments in Fort Worth, TX doing business out of Dallas. The catalog has a few pages of chile products. A possible substitute for the Thai chiles is the piquin.


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              StringerBell RE: RansomJac Jul 24, 2012 11:17 AM

              Is there no Asian market there? If not I would use japonese, you can get them at any Mexican market and a lot of regular grocery stores next to the other dried Mexican chiles. They even sell 1 lb bags of them at Walmart here. With crushed red pepper I would be a little worried about all the seeds giving it a bitter flavor.

              1. Gio RE: RansomJac Jul 24, 2012 11:34 AM

                One dried chili equals 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.

                1. nomadchowwoman RE: RansomJac Jul 24, 2012 01:17 PM

                  I don't know where you are or if you have access to World Market, but that's where I found a little packet of dried Thai red chilies.

                  However, I often, out of necessity, make substitutions when it comes to chilies. A recipe I'm currently eyeing calls for dried Chinese red chilies. Since I have dried Thai and dried Indian, I'll be using one of those after I do some research on the differences.

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