Lakadong Mirch is a unique blend that has been invented by Zizira. The combination of ingredients in this blend is not found anywhere else as it contains the very famous “Bhut jolokia chilli” in it. This version was introduced because we wanted to offer a spicy blend to our customers who love spice.
This blend is a combination of amazing ingredients that are directly and traditionally sourced from our farmers. It consists of our very own Lakadong turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black cardamom, Bhut jolokia, and Stevia.
Lakadong Turmeric- Lakadong Turmeric is a special variety of turmeric from a place called ‘Lakadong’, in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. It is known for its medicinal qualities as the Curcumin content in it is between 7 to 9%, which is one of the highest, as against 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric. Curcumin in it is responsible for its bright yellowish-orange colour along with its incredible medicinal properties. This component also determines its valve. So, the higher the curcumin level the higher the value.
Ginger- Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. Renowned for its taste elevating properties and is a must-have in Asian cooking. It is loaded with essential nutrients and bioactive components that have powerful benefits for the body. People have been using ginger for cooking as well as medicines since ancient times. Unique fragrance and flavour of this spice come from its natural oils, gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound that is responsible for many of its medicinal properties. It provides powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach disorders and various other health issues.
Cinnamon- It is a very versatile spice and is well-known for its uses in sweet and savoury foods. It has a sweet woody fragrance which is used in every Indian household. It has a high content of essential oil known as cinnamaldehyde which contributes to its antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Another component, eugenol is responsible for its antiseptic and pain killer effects.
Black Cardamom- It is the bigger version of the green cardamoms and is commonly known as Badi elaichi or Kali elaichi. Because of its distinct smoky aroma and flavour, black cardamom is often used as a substitute for green cardamoms. The pods have a slightly minty aroma due to its volatile content and are often used as a mouth freshener. Every Indian household uses this spice to flavour biryanis and other Indian cuisines. Along with flavour, it has also been traditionally utilized to treat various ailments.
Bhut jolokia- A famous chilli from the North-East which is also known as ghost chilli, naga chilli and beb. Considered to be one of the hottest peppers in the planet, topping over a million SHU (Scoville Heat Units) which measures the pungency of the chilli that is due to the presence of active component capsaicin. It actually held the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s hottest chilli from the year 2007 until 2010.
So, you can imagine the level of spiciness it gives out! This chilli is definitely spicy but is filled with an intensely fruity, sweet chilli flavour. In addition, to be a common kitchen ingredient in certain Indian households, it has also been used as a remedy for stomach ailments as well as to increase metabolism.
Stevia- It is a highly refined stevia leaf extract which is known as rebaudioside A (Reb-A). It is a novel sweetener which is nonnutritive which means it does not contain any calories in it. It may help in keeping your blood sugar levels in check and may also help in managing cholesterol.
Note: The blend can form a slimy or sticky texture when it is mixed with a liquid.
Step 1- Freshly harvested ingredients are separated from any kind of foreign matter such as dirt, soil, pebbles, etc.
Step 2- In the case of Lakadong rhizomes, they are soaked in clean water for ten minutes to loosen the dirt from it. They undergo triple washing and are transferred to a food-grade container to drain off excess water.
Step 3- The turmeric rhizomes are then sliced using mechanical slicers and are placed on bamboo trays for drying. The other ingredients as well are uniformly laid on bamboo trays and are kept for drying to remove the unwanted moisture content and pathogens from them.
Step 4- We use the solar dryer for drying the turmeric. The temperature of the dryer is maintained between 50 degree Celsius to 65 degree Celsius.
Step 5- The ingredients that are free from moisture and pathogens are fed to mechanized grinders for uniform grinding and are finally passed through sieves for uniformity of powdered particles.
Step 6- The final step followed in our in-house processing is packing our products in glass bottles and sustainable pouches along with food-grade oxygen absorbers and silica gel for maintaining the shelf-life of the products.
Our Lakadong Mirch can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended when it exceeds the period of twelve months.
To keep your Lakadong Mirch fresh for a longer duration, store it away from direct sunlight, stoves, ovens, and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the blend to lose its flavour and strength.
All our products have minimally processed ingredients. They are processed in-house to maintain their purity and quality. The fibrous nature of these ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon is the reason behind the sticky texture of the blend. Consumption of this slimy/sticky blend is absolutely fine.
Our Lakadong Mirch has been invented as it dawned on us that people love to drink golden milk often made of turmeric and with this blend, we have given it a twist with the spiciest chilli for those spice lovers. Therefore, our Lakadong Mirch was formulated with the purpose of it being golden milk made with our famous Lakadong turmeric along with the famous Bhut Jolokia of the North East.
It comes with an extremely strong flavour and a whole lot of spiciness. Perfect golden milk for someone who loves their chillies. This blend will transform your simple milk into a beautiful yet extremely hot drink that has strong flavours and the feeling that accompanies with it is exceptionally indescribable.
The bright and beautiful yellow powder is loaded with the goodness of natural ingredients that makes your milk rich, appealing, and full of hotness. You will be delighted by the pleasant and flavoursome aroma it produces once you open the lid and the aroma sizzles in the air and lingers in the mouth.
This is a perfect natural spicy golden milk that can be enjoyed while you are suffering from a cold at any time of the year. But this blend should be handled with care and should be kept away from children.
Lakadong Mirch is packed by components that are overloaded with medicinal bioactive compounds such as curcumin, curcuminoids, gingerol, eugenol polyphenols and capsaicin that are essential in keeping our body healthy.
Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients. This blend has been formulated by combining the goodness of such natural ingredients that have been well chosen by our ethical farmers.
The extra mile
Knowing where our ingredients come from- We deeply care about where each and every ingredient we use comes from. Over the years our team has been able to build up relations with the ethical farmers of Meghalaya and what is important is that we give importance to providing pure and safe products to our customers.
Evaluation of ingredients- To provide our customers with the best turmeric products, we make sure to select the best from the farmers who reside in the roots of Lakadong village and who actually has knowledge of differentiating true Lakadong from its other varieties and providing us with the absolute best. Both our team and our farmer partners share the same mission and we prioritize on the long-term health of the land. The land is free from all unwanted artificial additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and insecticides resulting in safe and pure ingredients.
Product safety- In the processing of food, we are aware of hazards that can creep in. We do not take chances with any kind of hazard – physical, chemical, or biological. We take every necessary precaution to control them at every critical point in our food processing facility. That is what we are doing with every new harvest of each and every ingredient that we use.Credible, Safe and Wholesome- We follow a similar process for all of Zizira's products. Credible, high standard quality maintenance without excuses. We understand that the choices we make and who we work with, partner with, what and how we serve can make a difference. We believe that our continued effort and diligent work will contribute to the health of our customers, to the prosperity of the farmers as they revive and regenerate traditional farming practices.
Our Lakadong Mirch has a maximum level of curcumin and other active components such as gingerol and capsaicin in it. These ingredients also come with maximum health benefits and will also deal with your snacking habit. Some of its health benefits are as follows:
Curcumin and gingerol are powerful anti-inflammatory substances that can suppress inflammation and fight chronic inflammation at a higher level.
Here are two recipes that we have created using our very own Lakadong Mirch.
1. Lakadong Mirch Golden Milk
2. Sweet and Spicy Health drink