Imagine a chilli so hot that you would need hand gloves to handle it! Well, this chilli is the second hottest pepper in the world and is termed as the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Bhut meaning Ghost & Jolokia meaning Chilli). Other names of this pepper are ‘Bih Jolokia’ (the poison chilli) and ‘Naga Jolokia’ (named after the ferocious Naga warrior tribe).
India’s North East has been home to the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ from times immemorial. But stories of this pepper have spread across the west and westerners too are aware of the hotness of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’. The pepper was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the spiciest chilli in the world in 2006 and it was only ’til 2013 that the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ lost this coveted title.
Although there are many commercial uses of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ but in North East this chilly is mostly used for pickle preparation, flavouring curries and for home remedies for ailments like gastritis, arthritis and chronic indigestion problems. Restaurants across North East take pride in offering this chilly on their menu cards. The famous fast food joint Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has included bhut jolokia as an ingredient for the new and unique Flaming Crunch Chicken, a signature crisp and juicy chicken dish of the company.
Although it is believed that ay normal person who dares to eat a whole ‘Bhut Jolokia’ would almost certainly need Medical treatment there is an interesting lady who begs to differ. Mrs. Anindita Dutta Tamuly is a respected lady in the region who hails from Titabor Town in Jorhat district of Assam. This lady can rip off a ‘Bhut Jolokia’ with her bare hands and smear the seeds of the pepper on her eyes without shedding a tear. Anandita had entered the Limca Book of Records by eating 60 ‘Bhut Jolokia’ in two minutes and smearing 12 chillies in her eyes in one minute flat. You might find this to be unbelievable but the fact is you need to see it to believe it !!
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to grab a bite of the flavorful ‘Bhut Jolokia’ – The Spice of North East India and the Second Hottest Pepper in the World at the State of Assam, Incredible India!
The Bhut Jolokia plant in full bloom with the Bhut Jolokia Pepper ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India