Seeing Mr Vikki’s Queen Naga Pickle on Sunday Brunch last week reminded me I still had a jar of his King Naga in the fridge so I grabbed a couple of crackers (and a little bit of extra mature cheddar) and decided to finish it off.
King Naga was no exception. It’s blindingly hot, not straight away but after a few seconds it really does explode. The more you eat the hotter it gets, luckily it doesn’t last too long.
But unlike so many other pickles/sauces/chutney’s that are this hot it’s not all about the heat, there’s lovely layers of spices, giving it a lovely Indian feel, this is then followed with a lovely aniseed undertone that not only adds a touch of sweetness it really compliments the other spices and gives it a lovely lingering after-taste that works perfectly with cheese.
The texture is great, its not too thick, there’s a fair bit of oil on the top which i usually mix in but I also quite like using what’s left for frying veg in for stir fries.