The distinctive aroma, the rich colour and explosion of flavours—if there’s one thing that beats it all when it comes to importance in Indian food, it has to be the spices. We as Indians take our food very seriously and spices have always been key ingredients. Since time immemorial, Indian food has had the reputation of being one of the spiciest in the world, and being a country that produces some of the hottest chillies in the world, it’d be a shame if it weren’t.
Apart from the fact that chillies have been proven to improve digestion and keep several diseases at bay, the heart of the matter is that who doesn’t like that extra ‘kick’! So if you also happen to be one of those who like living on the edge, here’s a small list of the spiciest dishes in India and where you could get your hands on them.
Warning: This is not for the weak-hearted
1. Laal Maas
With its origins in the deserts of Rajasthan, laal maas is a succulent mutton preparation known for its deadly red-chilli based preparation. The dish gets its infamous spicy kick from a special variety of local Rajasthani chillies known as Mathania and is cooked in mustard oil, which gives it the signature smokey flavour. The dish, which has now turned into almost a must-have for tourists travelling to the state has been a favourite of the Rajput warriors who are said to have been a fan of hot flavours.