Back in my student days, I shared a house with three guys and three girls and going out to one of the local curry-houses was pretty much a weekly affair. Every single time, the boys saw it as a personal challenge and, as us girlies sedately ate our way through mild kormas, biryanis and baltis, they'd peruse the menu for the hottest, most kick-ass curry possible to prove how virile they were (or something like that !). Back then, the most macho thing they could order was a Tindaloo but they asked for the chefs to add extra heat. The chefs used to come out from the kitchen to watch them eat, shaking their heads and laughing ! But apparently, this is a typical man-thing ! The modern day "ultimate curry" is the Phall, whose name is "derived from Phallus to signify the macho-ness of a man who can eat such a hot food". (I'm not making this up, it says so right here !)
Well, if this sounds like you, or your husband/boyfriend/kid brother/next door neighbour, you'll love this new product from Sharwoods. They explain : "Sharwood’s is challenging the British public to test its bravery by taking on the newly launched Limited Edition Bhut Jolokia curry sauce, which is even hotter than a Vindaloo. Packed full of heavyweight flavour, it is made using a chilli which is over 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, the “Bhut Jolokia.” This rare chilli is sourced from the foothills of the Bhutan and measures over 1 million on the Scoville scale; curry lovers are warned to eat this sauce responsibly."
That last line made me smile but it's not just a marketing ploy, this really is an extremely hot curry. This video from youtube shows a seasoned chilli-taster getting floored by a Bhut Jolokia chilli. I'd like to point out that this is after eating the actual chilli pepper, not a jar of Sharwoods, but take it slowly all the same, especially as the heat apparently intensifies the more you eat. Make sure you've stocked up on sour cream, naan bread and extra toilet roll before you start !
The sauce is dead easy to use (if you think you're hard enough !) - just brown some chicken or lamb and stir it through. Having read the label, that warns that this is Sharwood's hottest ever curry sauce, I added just a tiny spoonful into a creamy chicken curry and even then, it was very hot.
If you can handle the heat, it's a great product to buy though because it helps charity. Sharwood's explain : "The launch of Sharwood’s Bhut Jolokia curry sauce coincides with The Soldiers’ Charity Big Curry, the Charity’s annual fundraising initiative which aims to encourage families around the UK to get cooking curries at home in an effort to raise money for the charity. Money raised by the sale of the Bhut Jolokia curry sauce will be used to fund grants for individual soldiers and former soldiers, as well as specialist projects that help soldiers and their families, aiding their rehabilitation and long term welfare." 10p from each jar is donated to the cause.
It is eye-wateringly hot but, if you want to lay down the gauntlet to your curry-loving friends, it's just what you're looking for. Warn them in advance how hot it is though or they may not be your friends for much longer !!
star rating : I can't really rate it as I didn't eat it as designed, I'm too much of a wimp !
RRP : £1.49
Sharwood’s Limited Edition Bhut Jolokia sauce is available from ASDA and Sainsbury’s
for more information : http://www.sharwoods.com/indian/products/sharwoods-bhut-jolokia-curry-sauce.cfm
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