Naga Phal Curry, also known as Naga Ghost Chilli Curry, is a fiery and pungent curry dish that originated in the northeastern region of India, particularly in the state of Nagaland. The name “Naga” refers to the Naga people, the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland. Nagaland is known for its rich culinary traditions, and Naga cuisine is famous for its strong and spicy flavours. The Naga Phal Curry is a prime example of this culinary style. The key ingredient that sets this curry apart is the Bhut Jolokia chili, also known as the ghost chilli or Naga chilli. Bhut Jolokia was, until recently, one of the hottest chilli peppers in the world. The origins of Naga Phal Curry can be traced back to the traditional cooking practices of the Naga people. Historically, the Naga tribes were primarily agrarian communities, relying on farming and hunting for their sustenance. Chilli peppers, including Bhut Jolokia, have been cultivated in the region for centuries and have become an integral part of Naga cuisine. Naga Phal Curry typically includes a combination of local ingredients such as pork, chicken, or other meats, along with various vegetables, herbs, and spices. The curry is characterised by its intense spiciness, which comes from the inclusion of Bhut Jolokia chilli peppers. The dish is often cooked with smoked or dried meats, giving it a distinct flavour profile. Over time, Naga Phal Curry gained popularity beyond Nagaland and is now appreciated by spice enthusiasts around the world. It has become a symbol of the region’s culinary heritage and is frequently featured in Indian and international food festivals, as well as in restaurants specialising in Indian cuisine. Today, Naga Phal Curry continues to be enjoyed for its bold and fiery flavours, representing the cultural and culinary traditions of the Naga people and the northeastern region of India.
Serves 6-8 people
Gluten Free. Vegetarian. Vegan.