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News & Views Doctor eats world’s hottest curry

A consultant radiologist, Dr. Ian Rothwell, has successfully eaten what is claimed to be the world’s hottest curry, rated at 6 million on the Scoville scale, at the Bindi restaurant in Grantham, Lincolnshire. It took him about an hour to complete the task and at one point he is reported to have had to take a break as he started suffering hallucinations.

The so-called Widower curry is filled with 20 Naga Infinity chillis - the second hottest on the planet - and is reput-

edly so dangerous to make it has to be prepared by chefs wearing goggles and a face mask. The recipe also requires a small tea spoon of pure naga extracts, five scotch bonnets, eight finger chil- lies and three tea spoons of extra hot chilli powder.

Dr Rothwell, who became the first person out of over 300 men and women who have tried the dish to successfully finish eating it, had to sign a disclaimer acknowledging his awareness of the risks involved. Muhammed Karim, managing director and executive chef

at Bindi, described Mr Rothwell as ‘a true legend’ for finishing off the curry, which he describes as being ‘a real killer.’

Madhur travels the Curry Nation

Madhur Jaffrey, probably television’s best-known Indian cook, returned to the TV screens last October for a major new series for the Good Food Channel. Travelling across Britain, visiting local Indian and South Asian communities, Madhur showed how it is possible to sample virtually any element of Indian cuisine without ever leaving these shores.

In the official tie-in book for the series, Madhur’s Curry Nation, she showcases her favourite recipes which draw on influences from all over the subcontinent including Punjabi, Goan, Parsi and Bengali dishes among others. Madhur’s recipes conjure up

the colour and vitality of these vibrant cultures, but she sticks to her mantra that Indian food does not need to be complicated.

The 79-year-old’s first book on the subject - An Invitation to Indian Cookery - was first published way back in 1973. She is now acknowledged as an authority on curry, thanks to a series of books and TV shows, as well as being a renowned actress. Madhur says, “I loved the idea of going into people’s homes and seeing the state of Indian food in Britain today. It has improved but it has also changed. It has found its own niche and character, and is different from Indian food anywhere else.”

Norfolk restaurant fundraises for EACH

Rishi Restaurant in the town of Sprowston, near Norwich, recently raised around £1200 for the charity EACH by holding a special banquet night, which included a Bangladeshi meal and live Bollywood dancing,

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as well as a raffle. EACH, whose patron is the Duchess of Cambridge, supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.


Jessica Hiscocks, EACH Norfolk fundraiser said: “The evening was such a success and we are so grateful to everyone at Rishi for supporting us.”

January/February 2013

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