Skip the Indian Heat with Poblano Peppers
Master Indian Spice is dedicated to making it easier for you to make authentic Indian food at home, and that includes giving you options when it comes to heat. We know not everyone can take the full heat of a spicy Indian green chili, and so here is one recommendation for a subsitute with a complex and delightful flavour without all the heat of a green chili.
Poblano peppers are beautifully mild green peppers that impart a deeper, smokier flavour than the comparable, yet somewhat spicier Jalapeño. Compared to Indian green chilies, Poblanos are extremely mild, about 1000-2000 scoville units per pepper compared to 15,000-30,000 scoville units for a green chili.
Though they originate in Mexico, they are well-adapted to Indian cuisine. In dishes that call for green chilies, a poblano can be stemmed, and sliced lengthwise. Poblanos are often roasted, which, as with most peppers, brings out the sweeter, fruitier aspects of the flavour. You can roast prior to slicing. We recommend leaving the seeds and the white inner flesh as these contain all the spiciness of a poblano.
In curry dishes where green chilis are an essential finishing touch, such as Master Indian's Tikka cooking kit, Poblanos provide a perfect substitute that won't melt your tastebuds. If you give them a try, let us know by sending us pictures, or sharing your results on our facebook page!