Learn more about Teppal / Tirphal spice also known as Sichuan pepper! It’s been long I haven’t posted as I am travelling. But I thought of removing some time and posting about Triphala herb. Triphala herb is known as Sichuan Pepper, Chinese pepper also known as Teppal in India. Don’t confuse Tirphal herb with Triphala powder as both are different thing. Triphala powder is used for digestion and Tirphal is a spice used in Konkani, Mangalorean Cuisine. I am happy to write and share about Tirphal Or Teppal Herb as it’s a small break and opportunity for me to write something interesting apart from recipes 😉
Which Cuisine Teppal Or Sichuan Pepper is used?
Teppal is mostly used in Konkani-Goan Cuisine. Since childhood, I have seen my mom using this herb for fish curries. The rusty-red peppercorns are one of the five spices of Chinese five spice powder. Sichuan Pepper is used a lot in Chinese Cuisine to make Sichuan Oil and Sichuan pepper sauce. Also, some parts of Himalaya region in India teppal Or sichuan pepper is used. It’s also used in Mangalorean, Chinese, Japanese and some Himalayan Cuisine.
Hows the taste of Sichuan Pepper?
Let’s know the taste of Sichuan pepper / Teppal spice. Despite it’s name it’s nowhere close to the taste of black pepper Or chili pepper. Sichuan pepper has a unique aroma and flavour that is not hot or pungent. Also if you happen to eat a lot of Sichuan Pepper it will create a numbness in your mouth. So be careful while using this spice. It’s better not to grind them into a paste but use the whole spice directly in fish curries, vegetables Or gravies in a limited quantity. I am also giving a link of my Goan Fish Ambotik recipe where my mum has used Tirphal spice.
Where to buy Tirphal from?
Now we generally get Or buy Tirphal spice from Goa. In Goan markets, it’s sold fresh at a very economic rate. It’s green in color and then it’s sun dried for 5 to 7 days Or more days until the color changes from green to black. The seed then falls off and the outer covering is used for the recipes. You could buy tirphal from a local Indian store also. I have posted fresh tirphal pic below.
Hope this information helps you to include Sichuan Pepper Or Tirphal in your diet.