Chilli recipes for the wild in you | Gourmand and Gourmet

Chilli recipes for the wild in you

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From steamy Asian hawker stalls and hedonistic Mexican beach shacks, to spicy Indian curry houses, Himalayan heights, and the rugged Italian coastline, chillies have been a global taste sensation for thousands of years. Throwing chopped, fresh birds eye into a stir fry, or ground, dried chilli powder into a curry is a daily practice in most cultures thanks to those clever Portuguese spice traders back in the day. Here’s our round up of some the hottest recipes we love to whip up in our spare time. Chilli and Ginger Beer Mojito It just wouldn’t be right to kick off a night of feasting without a cheeky cocktail to start the festivities. Try combining spiced rum (Captain Morgan’s or Kraken if you’ve got a champagne budget), fresh lime, brown sugar, chilli, mint and ginger beer for a refreshing, spicy, tangy cocktail with a depth of flavour. Feeling extra lazy? Why not swing by Chop Chop Chang’s in West End for their take on this Asian inspired concoction. Singapore Chilli Mud Crab | Gourmet Traveller Perfect as an appetiser next time you’ve got some mates over for the footy or your next shindig and easier than it looks, this Asian combo of chilli, ginger, tomato, garlic and soy brings out the best in the wok-tossed and perfectly cooked mud crab pieces. This is finger food at it’s best, so get sticky, messy and don’t forget to lick your fingers clean when you’re done! Hainanese Chicken Rice | Two Asian Kitchens For those who like it hot, but not too hot, this is a tried and true recipe from MasterChef great, Adam Liaw. Liaw demonstrates his Malaysian roots with this amazing recipe, showcasing birds eye chillies in the their best light as a side sauce to this traditional dish. A simple recipe using plenty of pantry staples,it will impress your token Asian mate plus you’ll have the added bonus of leftovers for days. Roasted Veg Vindaloo | Jamie Oliver The famously hot dish for true curry lovers comes to you in a vegetarian friendly dish representing a hybrid of Indian and Portuguese cuisine that is favourite in the UK. The master of mind-blowing flavour, Jamie Oliver, uses fresh and dried chillies to add complexity to this veggie-packed dish. Add the ‘golden, gnarly, chicken skewers’ for any fussy meat lovers at the table. Words by Emily Neil