Hottest curry: world record set
by Vivek Singh
LONDON, UK--Indian Chef Vivek Singh, from The
Cinnamon Club in London, has used some of the fieriest
ingredients from across the globe in The 'Bollywood Burner',
setting the new world record for the hottest curry.
Mr. Vivek Singh, executive chef of The
Cinnamon Club restaurant: “We found a list of the
10 hottest chillies and decided to try and use some of them.
I think it will be the hottest curry in the world.”
The lamb-based curry has been commissioned by
Richard Branson’s company Virgin
Media, to mark the launch of its new Bollywood
On Demand service, enabling film fans to watch top
Bollywood flicks at the touch of a button.
The dish includes the Naga pepper and its
seeds which, on the Scoville scale that measures the piquancy
of peppers, has a figure of 855,000 - over 100 times hotter
than the jalapeno pepper.
A jalapeno pepper, ordinarily considered hot by
most diners, is a paltry 8,000 on the scale by comparison.
Inspired by cuisine from Hyderabad, the state
capital of Andhra Pradesh in India, the dish includes:
- A series of hot Deccan chillies
- Dorset Naga (the hottest Naga pepper)
seeds (over 855,000 on the Scoville scale)
- Kashmiri chilli powder
Sesame tamarind sauce
- Naga peppers
- Scotch Bonnet peppers (around 300,000
on the Scoville scale). (enlarge
Diners are required to sign a disclaimer saying
they are aware of the nature and risks involved with tasting
the curry before eating it.
Lianne la Borde of the Daily
Star newspaper said: "It is the hottest I have ever tasted.
At first, it tasted delicious. Then my mouth caught fire.
It even made me feel dizzy."
The curry may not regularly appear on the menu.
“I would create it on demand for customers but will
not include it all the time, I think it’s just too extreme
a dish” -said Mr. Vivek Singh.
James Kydd, Virgin Media’s managing director of
brand and marketing said: "We are delighted to be bringing
the hottest film genre to our customers with Bollywood
On Demand, so what better way to celebrate than with
the world’s hottest curry. Bollywood is set to really take
off this year and we’re hoping to encourage people to try
something new – be it a Bollywood movie or an extra hot curry!"
Thursday, July 10, 2008