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Know Your Spices: All You Need to Know About Bhut Jolokia

Bhut Jolokia, also known as ghost pepper, ghost chili, U-morok, red naga, naga jolokia and ghost jolokia, is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

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Updated:April 18, 2017, 4:24 PM IST
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Know Your Spices: All You Need to Know About Bhut Jolokia
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Bhut Jolokia, also known as ghost pepper, ghost chili, U-morok, red naga, naga jolokia and ghost jolokia, is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

A hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens, Bhut Jolokia is closely related to the Naga morich of Bangladesh.

The Guinness Book of World Records certified it as the world's hottest chili pepper in 2007. 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, Ghost chili is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs).

It is used in both fresh and dried forms to heat up curries, pickles and chutneys.

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Health Benefits:

1. It helps open clogged nasal passage.

2. Improves mood by releasing endorphins.

3. Improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure

4. Helps lose weight by speeding up metabolism.

5. Increases bodies ability to dissolve blood clots, improving the heart health.

6. Improves digestion.

7. Helps reduce sinusitis and other flu symptoms.

Here is a recipe of Ghost Pepper:

Ingredients:

Olive oil
Bhut Jolokia/ Ghost Pepper
Onion, diced
Tomatoes
Red wine vinegar
Salt
Water

Method:

Take a pan and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
Add chopped Ghost Pepper and onions.
Stir well and add chopped tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add vinegar, salt and water.
Simmer 20 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
Put it all in a mixer and process until smooth.
Transfer to a container. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use

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