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7 Of The Spiciest Dishes In The World

Looking for a dish with enough heat to blow your mind? From fiery Vindaloo curries to sauces that pack enough spice to challenge even the most hardcore diner, these are the spiciest dishes in the world. You’ll find spicy food all across the globe, from Asia to America, with each region having its own unique taste on fiery flavours.

Take note of these dishes the next time you’re dining out and want a spice challenge, or try your hand at making them yourself from the recipes below. At least that way you can calm the flavours down if the heat gets too hot to handle!

The Spiciest Dishes in the World

1. Naga Chilli Sauce – Bangladesh

Hailing from Bangladesh, Naga Chillies are one of the hottest chillies in the world measuring approximately 900000-1000000 Scoville units (that’s 10x hotter than Habanero!). You can buy the sauce premade online here and use it for curries, chicken wings and stirfry.

Mr Naga Hot Pepper Pickle - Very Hot

2. Pork Vindaloo – India

Vindaloo is a traditional Goan-Portuguese dish of meat simmered with a spice paste of fiery hot chillies and lots of garlic and tangy vinegar. This is known for being the spiciest Indian dish. The vinegar raises up the heat even more!

Recipe is by Picture The Recipe.


3. Kimchi Jjigae – Korea

When kimchi gets old, it becomes an excellent ingredient for various other dishes. The most common dish made with aged kimchi is kimchi jjigae, which is a hot kimchi stew. Not only is this dish flaming, it’s served piping hot too, so make sure you plenty of rice and water on hand to cool down!

Recipe is by Korean Bapsang.

DSC 5089 e1454132135569 - Kimchi JJigae (Kimchi Stew)

4. Sichuan Hot Pot – China

Sichuan food is renowned for being spicy, and this famous hot pot is the best example of one of the spiciest dishes in the world. You get a big spicy hot pot of boiling broth, a bunch of fun things to cook in it, and an assortment of things to make your own dipping sauce.

Recipe is by Woks of Life.

5. Papa a la Huancaina – Peru

You might not think this is spicy, but that yellow sauce packs a punch of yellow chilli peppers. Papa a la Huancai­na, (potatoes Huancayo style) are boiled yellow potatoes covered with an even yellower spicy and creamy cheese sauce, and accompanied by hard-boiled eggs and black olives.

Recipe is by Peru Delights.

spiciest dishes world

6. Phaal Curry – British-Asian

Famous for being ‘the hottest curry in the world’, phaal curry is only for the truly brave. It is a British Asian curry that originated in Birmingham, UK restaurants. It often uses fiery habanero peppers or scotch bonnet peppers, though many restaurants are now making it with ghost peppers.

Recipe is by Chilli Pepper Madness.

spiciest dishes world

7. Doro Wat – Ethiopia

Doro Wat is a spicy chicken stew that is Ethiopia’s national dish. The heat comes from Berbere, the essential ingredient to any wat, which is a fiery spice blend native to Ethiopia. It comes with one heat setting: HOT!

Recipe is by Ministry of Curry.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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