Could “they fry chili seasoning” be an alternative?
"They fry chilli powder" is also correct.
Also, "Chilli" is an acceptable alternative to "Chili"
Oh, so that's what it means! I was imagining someone just frying whole chilis in a pan and then sprinkling them on top of their meal.
Yes, I think this needs clarification.
Bumbu implies powder, but it's very common for Indonesians to add a handful of whole chillies to their meal
I think bumbu is usually fresh ingredients ground in a paste