Chilli

The photo above is one of my favorite pictures. This was taken in Kerala, India in the backyard of my grandmother’s garden. The chilli in the photo is locally called Khandari Molagu.  It’s the tiny cousin of the commercially available chilli, and is three times more spicy. The ripe red chillies are pecked on and often consumed by birds. Sometimes, the word ‘Khandari’ is also used as a nickname on a smart mouthed and mischievous person. While growing up, my firecracker of a best friend was called that.

I’ve never leaned much onto the spicy side, since i have such a huge sugar tooth to tend to. More recently my trainer told me to cut down on salt and add pepper or any kind of spice to my food. After some serious research online, i discovered that spice is a metabolism booster. And, if you are aiming to lose weight, the best thing to do is slowly include spice in your food.

I bought a packet of the dried red chilli, at an Asian store close by. It is similar to the ‘Khandari’ variety. Now a days, I throw in a few chillies in salads, soups, mains and pretty much everything.

So, have you got your chilli yet?

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2 comments on “Chilli

  1. It is called the BIrd’s Eye Chilli Peppers. In tamil, we call it ‘usi’ milagai with ‘usi’ meaning needle. My MIL pickles them Brine water. It is our preferred side dish with curd rice. Got it in my garden now.

    • Yes i am aware it is commonly referred to as Bird’s eye chilli. It’s my father’s favorite and a meal at home is never incomplete without it. Using it as a side with curd rice must be yummy. It is a pity that only the dried variety is available here.

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