CURRY denote a wide variety of dishes whose origins are Southern and Southeastern Asian cuisines, as well as New World cuisines influenced by them such as Trinidadian or Fijian.Made using eight chillies, the dish has left diners vomiting and crying. Some have hallucinated and two were rushed to hospital
PEOPLE would be horrified at the thought of being sprayed with tear gas – but when ordering the “world’s spiciest curry” that is pretty much what you are signing up for.
A British-themed restaurant in Manhattan has made a phaal so hot it includes the Bhut Naga Jolokia chilli, used to make tear gas.
The curry measures ONE MILLION units on the Scoville scale – and chefs at the Brick Lane Curry House, named after the East London street known as a UK mecca for a “ruby murray”, wear masks to cook it.
Made using eight chillies, the dish has left New York diners vomiting, crying and sweating profusely.
Some have hallucinated and two were rushed to hospital.
The paste is prepared over several hours by executive chef Praveen Pendankar, who has spent 20 years perfecting the dish.
He said: “It takes only a short time to cook.
“It seems strange something made in 10 minutes stays with you a lifetime.”
The curry, which costs £12, is available with all meats, including goat, plus cheese or vegetables.
Every customer who clears their plate gets a free beer, a certificate and place in the “Phaal of Fame”.
Manager Swastik Jung, who can’t eat the curry too hot, said: “We wanted to create a dish that combined Indian spices with the world’s hottest chillies.
“The curry does have flavour but it has a spice that continues to burn your mouth for a long time.”
Swastik, prior to serving the meal, reads customers a verbal disclaimer. From my first mouthful, I understood why so many fail.
It was like chewing on a live grenade, knowing any second it was about to detonate.
And when it did, my head felt like it was being blown off, my body went into survival mode and sweat poured down my face.
I could eat only four mouthfuls of the chicken curry before gasping for air.
Swastik said: “People come in full of bravado but many manage only a mouthful. To eat four is extremely respectable.”
Next time, I’ll stick to the korma.