What is Mizo Bird’s Eye Chilli?
The Mizo Bird’s Eye Chilli is a variety of Bird’s Eye Chilli which grows in one of India's remotest districts along the Myanmar border in Siaha, Mizoram. It is small, about half an inch in length greenish in colour before ripening and becomes bright red when ripe. Some say Bird’s Eye Chillies get their name from the fact that the shape of these chillies looks like the eyes of a bird. Mizo Bird's Eye Chillies have been accorded a Geographical Indication (GI) tag of their own.
- Dried Bird’s Eye Chilli Powder from Mizoram
What are the Benefits of Bird’s Eye Chillies?
- Aid in Weightloss: Bird’s Eye Chillies contain Capsaicin which can speed up metabolism and help the body burn calories faster.
- Help Relieve Cold and Flu: The Capsaicin found in these chillies promotes sweating and eases the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms.
- Improved Breathing: These chillies act as an expectorant, therefore they can help people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis, and other respiratory conditions breathe easier.
- Improved Circulation: Bird's eye chillies can promote good circulation and they are known to lower blood pressure. The capsaicin in these chillies also raises your body’s temperature; therefore, they increase your blood flow and get your heart pumping.
Flavour – What do Bird’s Eye Chillies taste like?
Bird’s eye chillies have a distinct pungent fruity flavour. On the Scoville scale, these chillies rate between 50,000 and 100,000 Scoville units. The common Indian green chilli measures at between 20,000 to 30,000 Scoville units.
They are hot but mild enough to be used regularly in Indian meals. If you taste a Bird’s eye while it is still green, it will taste sour and citrusy while the dried flakes and powder are a little pungent.
How to use Bird’s Eye Chilli Powder?
Our Bird’s Eye Chilli Powder can be used in a variety of ways. Here are a few:
- Use it in your chutneys to add a punch of heat and flavour.
- Use it in your pickles to increase the spiciness and add a depth of flavour.
- Add it to curries, soups, and stews for a dash of heat. This is especially beneficial to ease sore throats and the common cold.
- Add it to marinades for a slow infused fiery punch.
- Cut up some citrus fruits and finely chop some mustard leaves.
Mix well and season with salt and Bird’s Eye Chilli Powder and enjoy some traditional mouth-watering ‘khleh soh’ from Meghalaya!
Disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease