Supermarket chain Morrisons has launched its hottest curry ever with an unprecedented eight chilli rating – two more than its Volcanic Vindaloo.
Created after complaints that the vindaloo was not hot enough, the Flaming Fiery Phaal is made with two of the hottest chillis on earth, the Scorpion and Naga.
The tongue burning chicken dish comes with several warnings on the packaging telling shoppers it is “very, very hot” and has a logo showing a chilli on fire.
It will only be sold to over 16s and shoppers could be asked for ID at the checkout as the Scorpion is the fourth hottest in the world with a 1.5 million rating on the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) which measures chillis’ strength.
And the Naga which is 200 times hotter than Tabasco sauce has a rating of one million on the SHU making the Fiery Phaal the most eye-watering to appear on supermarket shelves.
Morrisons’ chefs visited curry houses across the country to find the hottest recipe and discovered the off-the-scale phaal in Birmingham’s Bangladeshi restaurants.
Curry fan Paul McCourt of Runcorn, Cheshire led the complaints that the supermarket’s six chilli ranked Volcanic Vindaloo made with Naga and green chillies was “not hot enough” and challenged chefs to make a “much hotter version”.
Mr McCourt said: “I’m a big spice fan and always enjoy a challenge, however the Volcanic Vindaloo wasn’t hot enough for me. Although I’ve been made to eat my words after tasting the Flaming Fiery Phaal.”
And chef Vimal Dhananjayan, who developed the Morrisons curry, said: “We love to hear back from customers and were happy to take on Paul’s challenge. The difficulty when making a phaal is to make sure it’s got as much flavour as it has heat. But we think we’ve pulled it off and we’re really glad Paul approves.”
The 350g portion for £2 hit shelves yesterday (Wed) along with a £1.90 box of 12 Roulette Onion Bhajis with three mystery extra hot ones.
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