When I add chilli powder to an Indian curry, and let it lid-closed for next 5-7 minutes, by the time it's cooked, it loses it's taste and the curry becomes bland. What should I do to retain the spice and colour (as even a pinch of Turmeric and 2 spoonful red chilli powder makes the curry yellowish? Why does it become bland??

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    What do you mean loses its taste? Are you saying you taste it right after you add it, and then a few minutes later and there's a difference between the two strengths of flavor? Or are you saying you don't taste it straight after but you think it should be spicier?
    – GdD
    Commented Jan 23, 2020 at 13:08

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2 probable causes

  1. you did not put enough chili powder.
  2. the chili powder is stale.

Some chili powder are not "spicy hot", taste some before adding it to your curry.

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