Brick Lane Curry House, a restaurant in Manhattan, has created the world's spiciest curry. Called phaal (a British-Asian curry dish made with a thick tomato-based gravy), this innocuous-appearing bowl contains eight Bhut (Naga) Jolakia chillies.
Each of those eight chillies registers an eye-watering 1 million units on the Scoville Scale, invented by American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville to measure the pungency of chilli peppers.
According to the Mirror, chef Praveen Pendankar, who prepares the curry, wears a mask when cooking the dish and has spent 20 years perfecting the recipe. He muses: "It takes only a short time to cook. It seems strange something made in 10 minutes stays with you a lifetime."
Many have tried to conquer the Bhut Jolakia chilli and several have been left vomiting, crying and sweating profusely. The unluckier ones have reported hallucinations and two were even rushed to the hospital.
Available for £12, the Bhut Jolakia phaal can be ordered with all meats, cheeses and vegetables. And it comes with a verbal warning. Restaurant manager Swastik Jung reads customers a verbal disclaimer before serving the dish. He claimed: "People come in full of bravado but many manage only a mouthful."
Those who do manage to clear their plates get a free beer, a certificate and a place in the Phaal Hall of Fame.
The Bhut (Naga) Jolakia Chilli
According to the South Devon Chilli Farm, the Bhut Jolakia chilli took the mantle of the world's hottest chilli from the Red Savina Habanero, which registers a relatively measly 557,000 SHU.
A disclaimer on the website reads: "These chillies are very, very, very hot. We recommend taking precautions when handling them: wear gloves at all times when handling and wear a dust/vapour mask if you are grinding (particularly if you use a pestle and mortar) or rehydrating and reducing to a paste."
The recommended form of cooking is "to use a small amount, very finely ground (dry or rehydrated and reduced to a paste). As a rough guide, try ¼ of a pod per person for a hot dish."
Imported from the Indian state of Assam, a Bhut (Naga) Jolakia chilli can be ordered online for £2.80.
Check out a video of Man vs Food star Adam Richman, as he tries the world's hottest curry
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