Back in August while at the pub after the Great British Beer Festival Matt from the Evening Star pub in Brighton very kindly brought me a present from his local purveyor of crazy chilli products, Chilli Pepper Pete. I’ve had a few of Pete’s sauces before and was pretty impressed so I had to give the vindaloo mix a go there and then.
So we ripped open the silver foil bag and tucked in, there was a nice crunch from the mix, plenty of spices and a nice sweetness from the nuts, but then the heat from the Naga powder really kicks in and you start to wish you’d not eaten a small handful. The burn is pretty intense, it made a stifling hot day in London even hotter and more unbearable. It took a long while for the burn to die down but once it did there was part of me that just wanted some more, It’s stupidly addictive and tasty despite the pain.
It wasn’t long before the packet was being passed around the pub, as word spread more and more people wanted to test their metal against the Vindaloo Mix, needless to say soon after people were in tears, sweating and swearing profusely and running to the shop across the street for a pint of milk. Generally despite the pain I think it was a big hit, with some pub goers handling it considerably better than others.
In hindsight this probably wasn’t a wise thing, at the time I was drinking Magic Rock Human Cannonball, for those of you not familiar with it its a big hoppy brute of a beer, and hops really do intensify chilli when mixed together.
One tip is to remember not to rub your eye after picking up the mix, that really doesn’t help either….I swear I couldn’t see straight for a couple of hours but that could have been the beer.
If you want to give it a go then you can buy some from Chilli Pepper Pete’s website here. It’s £2 for 100g