Chillies are spicy peppers that come from the same family as the capsicum. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and heat levels. Indian cuisine mainly uses green chillies, dried red chillies and chilli powder. Green chillies deliver heat and herbaceous notes and they're eaten raw, or cooked in curries. Store fresh chillies in the fridge. Dried chillies (sundried long red chillies) are used in many meat curries and dishes with rice and pulses. If you want the flavour without the heat, cut the chilli to remove the seeds. Dried red chillies are ground to make chilli powder. As well as delivering heat to a dish, chilli powder adds a warm red colour.