Lakadong Mirch - Bhut Jolokia Spicy blend from Meghalaya | 50g

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  • 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.

    What Are the Ingredients in Lakadong Mirch?

    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.

    What Are We Doing to Ensure Its Quality?

    Zizira wants to ensure that the price you pay for each of our Lakadong turmeric products is worth it. These are the list of things we follow:
    1. Responsible Sourcing- We term it responsible because we work directly with the farmers who are well aware of the pure ingredients and this is where we emphasize purity and quality.
    2. Free from harmful additives- We ensure that each and every ingredient that we come across are pure and are free from all the harmful additives such as fertilizers and pesticides. The ingredients we have are all sourced from remote places in Meghalaya where they are grown and cultivated traditionally and naturally.
    3. Zero adulteration- In today’s era, most of the spices and products we receive are adulterated in one way or the other. In Zizira we make sure to obtain whole ingredients and we follow in-house processing which involves the following steps:

    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.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Lakadong Mirch?

    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.

    How to Store Lakadong Mirch?

    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.

    Why Does Lakadong Mirch Form a Slimy/Sticky Texture?

    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.

    Flavour

    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.

    Why This Product

    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.
  • Health Benefits

    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:

    1. Helps in reducing inflammation- Curcumin in turmeric, ginger and cinnamon have natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help the body fight against foreign substances. Ginger contains phytonutrients that may help in reducing cell damage and also prevents inflammation by reducing the activity of cell-signalling. Without inflammation in the body, bacteria and germs can easily take over the body and lead to chronic diseases. Therefore, whatever substance that can help in treating chronic inflammation is of utmost importance.

      Curcumin and gingerol are powerful anti-inflammatory substances that can suppress inflammation and fight chronic inflammation at a higher level.

    2. Increase antioxidant capacity- The main reason as to why antioxidants are extremely beneficial for the body is because it protects it from a substance that causes damage to the cells in our body. Curcumin along with antioxidants in ginger, cinnamon, black cardamom, and bhut jolokia such as polyphenols and will help in boosting our body’s own antioxidant defences.
    3. Lowers the risk of brain diseases- In our brain, there is a growth hormone that helps the brain to function. Many brain diseases are due to the decreased levels of this specific substance. Curcumin, gingerol along with other components in cinnamon can help in increasing the levels of this substance and may help in lowering the risk of brain diseases and improves the memory.
    4. May protect against heart diseases- Curcumin may improve the function or health of the thin membrane that covers the inner layer of the heart and blood vessels. This membrane is responsible for regulating blood pressure. When the function of this membrane lowers, it leads to an increased risk of heart diseases. Thus, curcumin as well as gingerol protects the heart against this function and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
    5. May prevent or possibly help in treating rare diseases- Inflammation in the body is linked to the formation of tumours and anti-inflammatory compounds such as curcumin play a role in preventing various type of cancer. It helps in slowing the spread of cancer cells and may help in preventing it from forming. Antioxidant activities in ginger and other ingredients in this blend helps in reducing or may even get rid of the free radicals (toxic substances produced by factors like metabolism) that can lead to a range of harmful rare diseases.
    6. May help ease the symptoms of severe joint pains (arthritis)- Due to its potent anti-inflammatory activity, curcumin may be a safe and an effective option for preventing osteoarthritis (swelling of joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation in the lining of joints, especially in hands and fingers).
    7. Aids in weight loss- Obesity can lead to various health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and other heart diseases. Curcumin helps by stabilizing metabolism and manages the weight. Capsaicin in bhut jolokia controls the metabolism of fat and reduces the processes that are responsible for the growth of fatty tissues.
    8. A natural blood thinner- At times, there are some health conditions where blood-thinning agents are required to prevent blockages. Curcumin acts as a natural blood thinner in certain conditions where it helps in preventing the clotting of blood.
    9. Helps in diabetes- Curcumin helps in sensitizing insulin and helps in lowering the glucose level. These properties in it may help in dealing with both type1 (do not produce insulin) and type 2 (do not respond to insulin) diabetes. Cinnamon
    10. High blood pressure- Turmeric is commonly used in stabilizing the blood pressure and prevents hypertension linked to natural ageing. Black cardamom helps in lowering the blood pressure due to its diuretic effect which means that it can promote urination.
    11. Reduces pain- Ginger has been traditionally used to relieve pain including menstrual pain in women. Gingerol content in it is highly effective against muscle pain that is induced due to exercise. It does not show an immediate impact, but it may be effective at reducing day to day progress of muscle pain. This effect is due to its anti-inflammatory properties that relieve the body from chronic body aches.
    12. Helps in indigestion- Chronic indigestion causes pain and discomfort in the upper region of the stomach and it is believed that delayed gastric emptying is the main reason for indigestion. Ginger helps in speeding up emptying of the stomach which is beneficial for those who are suffering from the condition of indigestion.
    13. Ease a cold or flu- It is often told that ginger and turmeric help in recovering from a cold or flu. These ingredients help in protecting the respiratory system. The anti-inflammatory gingerols, shogaols in ginger helps in relieving sore throat and also removes viruses and bacteria that cause cold and flu. Bhut jolokia is also helpful in opening clogged nasal passage during cold as it increases the production of mucus and saliva.
  • Uses

    Here are two recipes that we have created using our very own Lakadong Mirch.

    1. Lakadong Mirch Golden Milk

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup milk (regular milk, coconut, or almond milk)
    • ½ teaspoon Lakadong Mirch
    • 1 teaspoon of honey for a sweet taste

    Instructions:

    1. Take ½ teaspoon of Lakadong Mirch or even more if you prefer a spicier flavour.
    2. Add it in a cup and if you prefer a little more sweetness, you can add honey and mix it to form a smooth paste.
    3. Pour 250ml of warm milk over it and stir well.
    4. Enjoy it warm at any time of the day especially on those days when you are having a cold. It will surely do its magic!

    2. Sweet and Spicy Health drink

    Ingredients:

    • ½ teaspoon of Lakadong Mirch
    • Honey
    • 1 glass guava juice/ any juice you prefer

    Instructions:

    1. Add ½ teaspoon of Lakadong mirch in a container
    2. Add a teaspoon of honey and mix it to form a smooth paste
    3. Pour a glass of guava juice/ any juice of your choice
    4. Stir well till the mixture is uniformly mixed
    5. Transfer it to a glass add some ice cubes and garnish it with some lemon or mint
    6. Enjoy this sweet and spicy health drink