It's good for adding an authentic bite to any meal. To rehydrate, lightly roast the chilli, place the pods in a bowl and just cover with slightly cooled boild water and press down for a few minutes. Rehydrated chillies can be chopped or cut into strips and added to soups, stews, salads, salsas etc.
Chili pepper contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Chilies contain health benefiting an alkaloid compound, capsaicin which gives them strong spicy, pungent character. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese.
Chilies carry a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The human body use manganese as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.