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Tastebud tickler for curry week.

Customers at an Airdrie supermarket have had the chance to taste-test a new super-hot dish to mark national curry week.

Morrisons created its new "flaming fiery phaal", containing scorching scorpion chillies, in response to customers who wanted an even spicier challenge than the company's existing "volcanic vindaloo".

The supermarket's chefs responded with the new creation, which has an "eight chilli" heat rating and is described as "the hottest supermarket curry ever".

Airdrie branch manager Jim Leghorn said: "We love to hear back from customers and were happy to take on the challenge.

"The difficulty when making a phaal is to make sure it's got as much flavour as it has heat, but we think we've pulled it off!" Phaal is considered the fieriest curry in the world; and the new dish contains naga and green chillies - as well as the scorpion variety, which top the Scoville heat scale, used to measure and rank how hot chillis are.

Inspired by the curry challenge, the Advertiser took to the streets to ask Airdrie shoppers which spicy dishes tantalise their tastebuds most.

Gartlea resident Charles Boyle told us: "I love a good curry.

"Sometimes I'll have a Chinese chicken curry, but my favourite is a chicken tikka."

Cairnhill resident Isobel McNeil said: "Chicken chasni is my favourite, with a peshwari nan."She added:"We never used to eat curries - my husband is a mince and tatties fan."

Curry aficionado Sandra Milligan, of Airdrie, said:"I usually stick to the tried and tested, tikka masala. I make it medium hot for myself and put extra chillies in for my husband."

James Malone, from Airdrie, had a different preference in our taste test poll. He said:"I'll sometimes have a curry at my sister's, but I prefer a good steak to a curry any day."

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Date:Oct 17, 2018
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