Powdered spice made from dried and ground fruits of sweet pepper (bell pepper) or chili pepper (varieties of Capsicum annuum), or mixtures of these (used especially in Hungarian cooking). (noun)
A variety of the spice. (noun)
A dried but not yet ground fruit of sweet pepper (bell pepper) or chili pepper sold for use as a spice. (noun)
A bright reddish orange colour like that of the dried paprika. (noun)
Of a bright reddish orange colour, like that of the dried paprika. (adjective)
Examples of word paprika
I thought maybe my family would like it too (little did I realize back then just how much my family does not care for Indian food), and so I made it for them, increasing the mustard seeds but massively reducing the pepper flakes for my heat-averse mother (I did not know to sub in paprika then).
And, lest I have scared you off from the dish, subbing in paprika works just fine and both my kids were able to eat this when I made it.
Not wanting to blow their heads off, though, my mom comprimised, taking two different cookbook recipes (one German, one Polish) and adding four different types of pepper instead of a ton of one specific kind (which would have been paprika from the Polish version).
Smoked Spanish paprika is nice too, and quite pretty.
You could also try making these using sweet smoked Spanish paprika, which is available in some supermarkets.