[Assam] ‘Bhut jolokia is world’s hottest chilli’
kjit.deka at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 20:09:56 EDT 2007
I am a Tinsukian in every sense of the meaning and very well-conversant with
the language,including local dialects.Could anyone explain to me why these
chillies are stratified as bih jolokia,although they are certainly not
poisonous? In my considered opinion,they are classified as bhoot jolokia
perhaps because of this fact:---herou bih jolokia nekhabi,khale bhoot dekhi
jabi bapeke.The name could very well be derived from the bhot tribe,but in
day-to- day conversation,it appears to have a different connotation.Could it
be possible that they are so- called in order to indicate the 'hotness' of
these chillies rather than pointing towards the ' tribe' in question? It
could be figurative rather than literal.
BTW,these are also called ' kordoixira jolokia' and 'Noga jolokia' by some
locals.But,in my view,these two varieties are a bit different from
On 6/18/07, Priyankoo <priyankoos at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> I am from Tinsukia district, born and brought up there, never heard of
> bhoot jolokiya, though. It is true some people pronounce the "o" as "u", but
> that does not make a ghost out of a tribe name, as far as the meaning is
> It also does not justify the poor homework, on part of the correspondent!
> *kamal deka <kjit.deka at gmail.com>* wrote:
> In Ujoni Oxom ( in and around Tinsukia district ) ,the ' jolokias' in
> question are called ' bhoot jolokia or ' bih jolokia '.The name ' bhot
> jolokia' is perhaps unheard of in that part of the world.
> In Namoni Oxom ( Kamrup district in particular ), the chillies,in
> general, are called ' bhijlook'.
> On 6/17/07, Pradip Kumar Datta <pradip200 at yahoo.com > wrote:
> > *'Bhut jolokia is world's hottest chilli'
> > *THE VICTOR, THE VANQUISHED*
> > *New Delhi, June 17: They are as tez as they come. The bhut jolokia or
> > 'ghost chillies' of Tezpur figure in the Time Magazine's latest issue as the
> > world's hottest chilli.
> > The magazine's cover story that takes a look at the culinary
> > specialities and peculiarities around the world has zeroed in on the burnt
> > orange pods, developed in a military laboratory in Tezpur, as packing the
> > deadliest punch.
> > The article 'Global Warming' notes that the bhut jolokia, also called
> > the Naga chilli, carries the sort of heat that one normally would find only
> > in the hottest chilli sauces made from pure pepper extract.
> > Chilli heat is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), and while pure
> > capsaicin, the main capsaicinoid in a chilli, measures 16 million SHUs, the
> > ghost chilli measures just over one million SHUs. (PTI)
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