Spices and spicy food in India has a long history. Do you know that Indian spices was one of the primary reasons for European invasions in India. Along with spices, one of the world’s hottest chillies is also grown here. We very often go to market for buying chillis and peppers, but very few of us really know anything about the chillies we are bringing home. Although, there are varieties of chillies which are found in India, but here today we will read about some of the hottest chillies of India, which are particularly popular for their pungency.
If you do not know about these chillies, then let us tell you their story. Actually, these five chillies of India are so special that they are also exported outside. So let’s start.
This spiciest chilli is found primarily in Nagaland and also in some parts of Assam.
It is considered to be the second hottest chilli in the world. It is also known as Ghost Pepper, Ghost Chilli, and Naga Chili. If I tell you that, those who eat this chilli, start having hallucinations, then it won’t be wrong. Actually, the name of this
chilliwas also included in the Guinness Book of World Records, as it used to be the world’s hottest chilli at that time.This chilli can make you feel as if many needles are pricking your body at the same time. It is also known for its unique fragrance. This chilli cannot be competed with by giving more than 1,000,000 Scoville units of pungency as per this scale.
Guntur chilli is another famous chilli of India. This is found in Andhra Pradesh, and this chilli is named after, Guntur, the district of Andhra Pradesh where it is actually found.
Andhra Pradesh is known for its spicy food and this taste can be credited to Guntur chillies. There are many other varieties of chillies which are grown here and are even exported to many countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Middle East, South Korea, UK, USA, Latin America etc.This chilli is very hot and spicy, much more than your normal chilli.
This chilli is the specialty of Kerala. Another name for this chilli is Bird’s Eye Chilli.
This chilli is quite popular in Kerala because it turns white when cooked. These are very good for flavour. It has it’s own unique taste and fragrance. It is not as spicy as Bhoot Jolokia, but still don’t underestimate this chilli. It is a very hot chilli which is used in many dishes of Kerala.
Jwala chilli is mainly grown in Gujarat. Though Gujarati food tastes sweet, but the chillies here are very spicy. Actually, these thin green chillies coming from Gujarat are very peppery, and it’s uniqueness is the reason for which, it is exported to most of the states. You will get to eat Jwala Chilli with samosas, vada pav etc. and its taste is quite different. This chilli turns red when cooked too much and is also used in pickles.
Karnataka’s special, Byadagi Chilli, is named after a city which is situated in this state. Thischilli tastes like paprika, which is very famous in Western countries. Although, it is not as spicy as rest of the four, but will definitely add a tangy and picante flavour to your food. These chillies are known for their colour and taste.