COMPARATIVE STUDY OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE RED CHILLI POWDER IN KARACHI
The current study was designed to investigate the physiochemical characteristics (pH, conductivity, moisture and ash) level of macro minerals and trace metals in the various samples of commercially available red chilli powder. The values of pH, conductivity, percentage of moisture and ash were recorded in the range of 4.91-5.00, 692µs/cm-794 µs/cm, 6.257%-6.562% and 6.329%-6.715%, respectively. While the concentration of macro metals and trace metals Ca, Mg, and Fe were determined in the range 310.0mg/100g-363.0mg/100g, 134.43mg/100g-180.0mg/100g, 16.015mg/100g-17.965mg/100g,respectively. The results were compared with available literature and ASTA value and discussed the various factors those may influence the determined parameters. The result indicates that there is significant difference were noticed among the samples. Commercially available branded red chilli powder and whole processed red chilli powder followed the ASTA values while unbranded red chilli powder showed significant difference as compared to ASTA values.