My father dared me to eat raw green chilli and my mother encouraged me. I playfully took a bite. It wasn’t bad but then, my tongue began to tingle. Ignoring it, I consumed it whole to find my mouth burning by the hotness of the ironically named chill-i. Hiccups followed. I ran to the kitchen to find something sweet to balance the act while at the same time, I kept on gasping for more and more air to soothe the tongue that was painfully revolting against my senses at the time. I eventually found some jaggery and thrust it into my mouth, hurriedly melting it by the combined efforts of my saliva and teeth so that the sweetness could rush forth to procure the territory taken away by the sharp and hostile madness that had made me do what I did.
bit into the veins
ordeals caused by chilli
relieved by sweet gur*
chilli eaten whole-
*Gud or gur: Punjabi word for jaggery. It also reminds me of a Punjabi saying, “mar jawan gur kha ke”, which is said when some one comes to know of a grand event/happening, meaning to say that the person is willing to die by eating something as trivial as jaggery(he/she will die off eating jaggery). The jaggery may well be representative of happiness. I will confirm it from my mother.
8 thoughts on “A Hot Dare”
Sounds very similar to my experiences with hot peppers. Now I just say “no thanks”.
I remember adding habanero pepper to some dish one time. Yikes, didn’t realize such a little could go SUCH a long way.
My Dad played a similar trick on me; I like chillies in curry, although not too many.
Oh my, I can imagine the situation. My dad did the same to me, but to his demise – I liked it and am to this day a chilli devourer 🙂
see i love it hot…i eat peppers all the time on dares as i will crunch it right down…it hurts a bit at times but…ha…i used to grow my own in florida as they grew really well there….
I’m with Brian – love the heat of chilli… great for the metabolism too 🙂 Nice Haibun anmol
I ate a whole green chilli by accident,oh the fire geezus I didn’t know what to do Sam thought it was hilarious my whole face was leaking it was horrible. My stepdad snacks on habaneros and various other peppers I mean he just sits there eating them whole like cocktail nuts. Nope not me
Once by accident I cooked horseradish and jalapeno together it was supposed to be burdock root (no idea how that got confused) lets just say it was hot