Green Chilli Paste ~Keep it Ready Kitchen Essentials

I use green chilli paste for many of my dishes. Few clear advantages 1.chillies are not wasted 2.paste can be stored for a longer time than whole chillies.


Here is how you make and store chilli paste :
Green Chillies - 200g (as many as you have)
Salt- 2 -3 tbsp ( salt is used to preserve chilli paste, so add approximate quantity)
Grind both of them without using water. Spoon it to a clean, dry container with proper lid.
Store in refrigerator. You can store it for more than a month.
NOTE: Add salt to your dish with caution as chilli paste already has salt in it

Storing Whole Green Chillies :

If you wish to store whole green chillies, here is how u do it :
1. Wash the green chillies and pat dry to remove any water from chillies
2. Remove the stalk and wipe the chillies with a dry towel
3. Transfer to a dry air tight container
4. You can store it like this for a month without any spoilage
5. Whenever you take the chillies, ensure to wipe the inner lid and inner parts of the container if you find any moisture. Best is once a week, pat dry chillies, wipe the container and put back the chillies.

The chillies in the picture here are 2 weeks old :)


Store well and Avoid Wastage..Save Food


Sharmila said...

Must thank you for the tip on how to store green chillies. This is a big help. I have been at my wits end on how to keep chillies and fresh coriander leaves from spoiling. :-) Can you please give a tip on how to store the latter?

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Sunshinemom said...

I started storing your way after I read that in some magazine. Really stays well! I like that chutney too - resembles thecha and must be so handy!

Vaidehi said...

very true, I always keep this paste ready into refrigerator.. it makes cooking lot easier..


sowmya's creative saga said...

this is a good tip..i too make a paste of ginger garlic and green chillies adding salt and hot oil and use it when required..

Pragyan said...

I remove the stalk and that has been such a money-saver. As you said, I get chilli once every month or even longer now. For coriander leaves, I wrap it in a pawel towel and put it in a ziploc bag..stays fresh for 2-3 weeks.

LG said...

@ All, thank you for your appreciation.

Try using news paper to wrap coriander leaves ;) stays much longer..paper towel is also good.

rekhas kitchen said...

good tip and very help full too

sahiti said...

Nice tip Lakshmi!Won't the colour of the paste change to a brown?While storing the whole chillies I place a paper towel at the bottom of the container to absorb the moisture.Curry leaves are stored in the same way too.

LG said...

appreciate your question.
Yes! the color changes if,
u do not refrigerate the chilli paste right after grinding.

..transfer the chutney immediately to a container, close it tight and put inside the fridge. It remains without changing its color for atleast 2 weeks.

Do not dip a wet spoon into the container.

Even if color changes nothing happens as it does not reduce the spicynes or anything else.

My mom has been making this since ages and my ajji/granny also used to do it so, it is a tip passed over generations :D

Madhu said...

Nice tips Lakshmi, ii itoo store chilis this way.

Priya said...

Thanks for this one LG..another lovely tips..

Sukanya said...

Very Informative...a lovely tip...thanks

Andhra Flavors said...

its a useful post to everyone. Iam storing my chillies for one month and i dont want use frozen chillies. this time i will store my chillies ur way.

Nomadic Marketer said...

This is absolutely noting like the recipe for Thai Green Chilli paste to use for Thai green curry!

You've got one ingredient right out of about 7!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip - I'll try this - maybe have some in the fridge and freeze some too and see how that turns out.

@Nomadic Marketer - you aren't too bright are you? Where did this tip say anything about Thai Green Chilli paste - something completely different.