Only the other day, Morrisons released the hottest curry to ever hit supermarket shelves. I tried it and wrote what happened and it’s fair to say I didn’t have a good time.
The Flaming Fiery Phaal is made with two of the hottest chillies known to man, including the Scorpion, which is the fourth hottest in the world with a 1.5 million rating on the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU), and the Naga, which has a rating of one million on the SHU and is 200-times hotter than Tabasco.
I said it then and I’ll say it again, the Scoville rating seems hugely inflated. The scale surely doesn’t need to be that high. Make it a 1-100 at most. What’s water on this? 50,000? Ridiculous.
Morrisons held the title for the best part of a week after the Phaal was released but they’ve promptly been usurped, as Iceland – the shop, not the country – have released the Carolina Reaper Curry.
Quick question: is it still a curry if it uses decidedly non-Indian ingredients? Is this rather a chilli? Do I know nothing about the culinary world?
Last year, a Carolina Reaper pepper rated 2,200,000 units on the Scoville Scale – 200 times hotter than a jalapeño – making it the hottest in the world, so Iceland aren’t playing around by including them in their curry.
There’s also a whole Jinta pepper included, which I believe was also part of Morrisons’ entry.
Iceland’s description reads:
“Only for the bravest of taste buds, the curry is hotter than Morrisons’ Flaming Fiery Phaal and is made using the world record-breaking Carolina Reaper chilli and a whole red Jinta chilli.
The curry includes cooked tender chicken pieces, marinated in aromatic tikka spices, served in a curry sauce, all flavoured with a fiery hot Carolina Reaper chilli base. Finished off with a whole Jinta chilli, it’s not for the faint hearted – we recommend this meal is served with a pot of cooling yoghurt and rice.“
The picture’s pretty spooky too…
The Carolina Reaper Curry costs £2.00 for a 375g portion. Be safe out there.
Images via Morrisons, Getty, Iceland