Spicy Summer Lovin’

19 Jun

Blame it on the long summer nights that cause us to throw caution to the wind, make a move on that crush you’re smitten about, and try new things; but while embracing the few short months of tempest bliss, why not open your mind and mouth to another temptress . . . the hot pepper.

The spicy snap of a hot pepper is enough to make anyone wonder whether his or her stomach is in danger after eating just one. Fortunately for those of us who crave the appeal of hot cuisines and their ingredients, adding a little spice to your diet, and life, is good for you. According to a study by Dr. David Y. Graham of Baylor College of Medicine suggest that capsaicin, found mostly in the white pithy ribs and seeds of the pepper is actually helps protect the stomach lining.



Serious spice is not lethal



The hotness of a pepper is measure using the Scoville heat scale. The sweet bell pepper has zero Scoville units, while the hottest pepper in the world, the bhut jolokia, has a whopping 1 million Scoville units.



According to ehow.com, eating hot peppers can speed metabolism, which helps to burn extra calories. Hot peppers can also act as an appetite suppressant. Additionally, they can help alleviate respiratory problems when eaten because capsaicin causes the body to release fluids that wash away irritants.



The hottest peppers from Southeast Asia can be found, almost in your backyard



In Western New York, there is a section of Amherst where spice seekers can find the hottest spices around. Super Bazaar (3218 Sheridan Dr. 14226) supplies the best in South Asian grocery. After challenging your taste buds there, try the below recipe to tempt the senses.



Spicy Indian Side



Spicy Indian Side

5 ¼ cups of water

3 cups Basmati rice

2 10 oz. jars of Hot Mango Relish

½ cup almonds, silvered and roasted

Red pepper flakes

Japones (Dried Chiles) Hot

½ fresh orange

Bring the water to a boil

Stir in the rice, cover and reduce heat to a summer for 20 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.

Add the Hot Mango Relish and almonds and stir.

Completely cover the top with crushed red pepper flakes.

Season with broken Japones

Squeeze fresh orange juice over top and use the rind as a garnish.

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