Paprika lends aroma and flavor without the "hot hot" fieriness of cayenne or hot paprika. Paprika is a warming spice, and predominantly contributes the pungent taste. It pacifies Kapha and Vata and increases Pitta. Paprika and cayenne have antioxidant properties and are used to enhance circulation.
Sweet paprika has a bright orange color which tends to look brown and burnt if sautéed in hot oil or ghee for too long. It combines well with other ayurvedic spices such as cumin, coriander, fennel and turmeric. Sprinkle on dishes just before taking off the heat for best results.