Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Ghost Chili Arrabbiata - From the Angry to the Angriest Pasta

Not the most exciting bowl of Arrabbiata pasta, but its simplicity is deceptive. This Arrabbiata Pasta has half a ghost chilli aka naga jolokia.  

The first time I had Arrabiata was at an authentic Italian restaurant in Scotland.  Arrabiata means 'angry' in Italian.  I chose it because I like my spices.  It was seething hot, even I found it spicy and my tolerance of chilli is high, but I also loved the sensation of the flavour combination in my mouth.  

I remember the waiters watching me.  I thought it was perhaps we were the only people there that day as it was quite empty in the restaurant for a lunch hour, but afterwards wondered if they knew the Arrabiata was ridiculously hot and watched me, either to see if I'd complain or not finish it. Of course, I did neither.  The bowl was returned to them empty.  
I make Arrabbiata all the time (like vegan Puttanesca and Aglio, Olio e Peperonicino) as its one of my go to quick evening meals when we come in from work.  I never thought about blogging about Arrabiata as its cheap and super easy to make  - only four ingredients for the sauce: oil, garlic, chili and tomatoes.  But the addition of half ghost chili (which I get from an awesome specialist Spice Emporium in Cardiff ) made me change my mind as it was a little bit different. 

As I tuck into this simple red bowl of pasta, the Ghost Chilli Arrabiata version always reminds me of that first time, but this time its not just an Angry Sicilian its furiously angry, in fact bloody angry - but I like it very much.  
I also love Dr Burnoriioums Extraordinary Psycho Chocolate Chilli.  This  is serious chocolate for serious chilliheads, it really is.  My absolute favourite hands down is the Psycho Chocolate Chili Salted Caramel with Naga Jolokiaar.  Oh my Goodness the naga jolokia chili  (ghost chili) smacks you.   Yes Hallowed be thy pain, its beautifully balanced and supremely hot and that is how I feel about this Ghost Chili Arrabbiata too.  I totally recommend it if your a chili head like me.

8 comments:

  1. Alas, though I grew up eating spicy, a serious chili head I will never be and though I love chocolate, that might be too much for me. Glad you're here to tell me about it.

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    1. Thanks e.
      The chocolate is truly amazing and well balanced, though very very hot - so I understand.

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  2. Ouch - not for me I am afraid - I wish I had your stomach for chillis but I only eat chilli in small amounts and can never imagine your bravery in making your way through that bowl of arrabbiata!

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    1. :)
      Johanna, What about minus the ghost chilli. Have you had traditional Arrabiata?

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  3. I love chillis - anything that leaves you with a warm feeling mouth or stomach afterwards makes me very happy. Given that I love both chilli and chocolate though, it's weird that I don't like the two together - maybe it's that savoury/sweet together thing that doesn't work for me, like fruit in curries! I'd be all over that arribiata though.

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    1. Thanks Joey. I was never fan of sweet and savoury, but over the years have acquired a taste for it. Maybe give it a go, your tastebuds may have 'matured' :) lovely mature student!

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  4. You are BRAVE! I can basically have the teeniest pinch of cayenne in a rather large dish. I can't imagine eating anything spicy like you ;)

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    1. Thanks Kimmy.
      I know, I think its because I grew up eating spices that I dare, but sometimes even I wince.

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