6 Indian Dishes That You Can Make With Chillies To Spice Up
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National Chilli Day was celebrated a few days back. It's not only America's obsession with Chilli con carne (Chilli with meat) that takes the front stage—rather, it's a chance to honour the adaptable Chilli pepper, which is a key component of many different cuisines worldwide. In Spanish, Chilli refers to “Chilli pepper” and carne means “meat. Tomatoes, beans, Chilli peppers, garlic, onions, and cumin are the main ingredients of Chilli. But there are many ways to make this simple Chilli recipe which chefs use to make this dish.

Prior to exploring the gastronomic joys of Indian cuisine, it is imperative to acknowledge the significant impact of chiles on international gastronomy, particularly in the United States. Chipotle peppers have captured people's tastes and inspired a passionate devotion to the cuisine of Chilli con carne since the bustling chilli parlours of pre-World War II Texas and the legendary San Antonio Chilli Stand at the Columbian Exposition in 1893. The cultural relevance of Chillies is emphasised by their rich history, which also chronicles their ascent from modest origins to culinary fame.

National Chilli Day was started by Rich Kelly of the Hard Times Cafe in Arlington, Virginia. Since at least 2006, the day has been marked by cook-offs, potlucks, feeds, and bottomless bowls. Since then, they have been a smooth and vivid part of Indian cuisine too, contributing layers of flavour, spice, and complexity to a wide range of meals. 

Let’s explore 6 Indian dishes that one can make with Chillies. Every dish will surely take your taste buds on a flavour-filled trip. Thus, get set to add a flavour of India's rich food legacy to your food menu.

6 Indian Dishes With Chillies To Relish At Home

1. Chicken Vindaloo

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Chicken vindaloo, a meal that originated on the sunny beaches of Goa, is the ideal combination of spice and flavour. This meal is spicy and flavorful with the chicken fermented in a tempting mixture of vinegar, garlic cloves, and hot red Chillies then cooked to tender. One can enjoy this dish with rice or naan.

2. Laal Maas

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The very famous and mouthwatering dish 'Laal Maas', comes from the desert state of India Rajasthan. The smokey flavour of dried red Chillies and a combination of aromatic herbs and spices combine to create a spicy red mutton curry that is equally flavourful. On National Chilli Day, Laal Maas can be a perfect dish for all spice lovers.

3. Andhra-style Fish Curry

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The combination of sour tamarind and spicy red Chillies elevates this dish to new heights of flavour in the state of Andhra Pradesh. With the spicy taste of the chiles perfectly balancing the mild sweetness of the fish, every bite holds delicious flavours of the area. Andhra-style Fish Curry, served with steaming rice, is a sensory overload that will leave you wanting more.

4. Phall Curry

Phall Curry, which is also known as the spiciest curry. This curry is similar to having a fire for a meal. Blended with masalas with fennel seeds and tomatoes, this spicy dish contains the hottest chilli in the world, Bhut Jolokia. Also, add fennel seeds to improve the flavour profile. To make a strong base, a lot of garlic and ginger paste are frequently added in addition to these spices. Every food lover should try this Phall Curry, once in his life. 

5. Rista

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This flavorful and spicy Kashmiri curry is made with lamb meatballs and hot spices like red chilli powder. The meat of lamb is first mashed soft to make meatballs inside a log of wood using a unique wooden hammer. After that meatballs are then mixed into the curry. Red chilli powder, ginger, garlic, and tomato make this gravy more delicious.

6. Kozhi Curry

The Kozhi dish is one of the spiciest chicken curries you will ever taste in Kerala. This spicy curry, which has a coconut base and is flavoured with both green and red chilies, is a treat for fans of hot spices! The chicken marinade with chilli powder is tempered in coconut oil and sautéed in oil to provide the curry and the meat an equal amount of spiciness.

Let's embrace the diverse range of spices found in Indian food as we observe National Chilli Day. So spice up your food menu in Indian style to add a little more spice to your life.