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Red Hot And Wicked

Confession time. I am drawn to red hot and wicked foods!

I devour devils. Oh yes, I do. Red hot devils. Lots of them. They’re hot and sinful…but ever so delicious.

Hot Tamales (Image via Wikipedia)

Thankfully, my uncles and cousins from the US bring generous amounts to satisfy my appetite.

If that wasn’t enough, I eat this too.

Avakai Mango Pickle from Pinch of Spices Blog

Red hot avakai pickle from Andhra Pradesh. No one does mango pickle quite as exquisitely as the  Andhras.

This is another favorite.


 Rasam – red hot – a kind of soup made of pepper!  Home made and potent. Enough to clear your sinuses for a week!!

I like my food hot and wicked. Do you?

This is my contribution to Monster Mash for BlogFEST2012 . Today’s host is Daphne of A Full Degree Below Normal.




  1. Susan Deborah Susan Deborah November 5, 2012

    Corinne, don’t even get me started. Like you, even I enjoy spicy food and my mom makes wonderful spicy food which never fails to satiate my taste-buds. And, if my nose and eyes become all teary because of the food, then the food has made my day.

    An afterthought: Perhaps because of this taste for red, hot and spicy food, my personality is also like that – red, hot and wicked πŸ˜‰ How about you, dear Corinne?

    Joy always,

  2. Melissa Tandoc Melissa Tandoc November 4, 2012

    Once I tried eating at a Chinese restaurant. The chicken went so well with spices, my throat hurt for a week LOL! I think not so hot would be good for me πŸ˜‰
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  3. Suzy Suzy November 4, 2012

    that brought back some memories but now over the years living in NZ I’ve lost my taste for the hot and spicy.
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  4. Jeevan Jacob John Jeevan Jacob John November 1, 2012

    I do love hot and spicy food πŸ˜‰

    I especially like my grandma’s curries, because it adds a lot of spice and chilly into the curries (I personally like it, but others in my extended family doesn’t).

    Rasam is great πŸ˜‰ Although in the South, from where I am, we don’t add much chilies to Rasam, it is more of a curry to eat with rice πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 2, 2012

      Jeevan, I’m just back from Thekkady and although this is not my first trip to Kerala, it won’t be my last. πŸ™‚ I tried out Thallasery biryani and loved the subtle spices of it. I love spicy rasam, both to drink and eat with rice. Now I’m longing for some at 8.52 am and it’s all your fault! πŸ˜›

      • Jeevan Jacob John Jeevan Jacob John November 5, 2012

        Ah, that’s great πŸ˜€ I am glad you liked it πŸ˜‰

        You could always try making it πŸ˜‰

        How was the trip?

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 1, 2012

      I hope you got that cup of tea when you wanted it, Shilpa! πŸ˜‰

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 1, 2012

      I’ve got a bottle here for each time I look at this picture, Jaish! πŸ˜‰ What’s your pickle of choice and where do you source it from?

  5. Punam J R Punam J R October 31, 2012

    YES me too, like a true Andhra girl – everything that is RED is very clearly tolerable to the point of people staring at me with red-shot gaping eyes saying, “How can you eat that?????”
    That pickle – ohhhh I so miss Andhra avakaya.. and your picture is not helping a bit either, madam.
    You are guilty of making me homesick.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      I love the way we consider ourselves Andhra girls, Punam. No one would ever guess – except when they see our food choices! I regularly get parcels of avakai from the Swagruha stores via my family. I’m sure you’ll get some in your part of the world too.
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      • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues November 1, 2012

        Andhra girls – don’t let anyone there know we’re identifying ourselves as that. That too, I’m from Telangana! πŸ˜‰

  6. Leigh Leigh October 31, 2012

    My brow broke out in a sweat just looking at the pictures!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      Haha…while your food descriptions had me gave me the shivers! πŸ˜‰

  7. Privy trifles Privy trifles October 31, 2012

    Ah! Avakai – my dad gorges on it everyday πŸ™‚

    Though I never inherited that taste from him as I love my food very mildly spiced..but the pictures are damn yummmm… will show it to my Dad. M sure he will love it!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      I have to keep requesting my family to send me avakai pickle from Hyderabad, because I haven’t found a ‘source’ in Mumbai, Privy. Do let me know what your Dad thinks! πŸ˜‰

      • Privy trifles Privy trifles October 31, 2012

        Well if you promise me a never ending supply of such wonderful posts – I can promise you a year long supply of avakai till eternity!!

        It is a summer ritual at my house. My mother, aunts, grandmother everyone comes together to make almost some 25 kgs of it and maggai which is then sent to our relatives :)Kind of some secret recipe I guess!!
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        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

          Is that a deal, Privy. I might hold you to it – so you better be careful post summer 2013! My mouth is watering at the thought of avakai and maggai! πŸ˜›

  8. janu janu October 31, 2012

    Pickles and rasams…yes…always.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      Oh wow – let’s have us a tamale party someday! Thanks for visiting. Sorry I’ve been so bad at reading your blog in recent weeks. πŸ™
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  9. colleen colleen October 31, 2012

    I do love the way it tastes but being unused to such food I’m afraid I rather embarrass myself by sweating, coughing and wiping my watering eyes!!:) But it’s an acquired tolerance right? Maybe someday if I just keep trying…;)
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      When you come to India, Colleen, I’ll introduce you to spicy food slowly until you become a member of the Spice Club! I’m wondering how William will take to spices too. πŸ™‚

      • colleen colleen October 31, 2012

        It’s a date Corinne! I would love to come and meet you and visit your fascinating country so very much, I hope this be a reality in the future.:) Actually William seems to take quite well to spicier foods so far, nothing on the scale you mention but he loves curries and various other foods, maybe it’s just in his blood? πŸ™‚
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        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

          I thought the date was made a long time ago – now it’s just a matter of saying when! πŸ™‚ I was curious to know how much of our taste for spicy food is acquired and how much is genetic. I know that my tolerance for spicy food increased after marriage. In the past, I could take lots of spice in pickles but not in the curries! That’s changed a lot with Jose loving the spice in curries and veggies, etc. πŸ™‚

  10. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh October 31, 2012

    Nice hot and spicy post Corinne!

    You surely had my mouth watering seeing that pickle most of all. My Mom used to make awesome chili pickle, the red stuffed ones. But yes, one needs to be careful of having too much of spicy food as later in age it leads to ulcers. However, enjoy while you can πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2012

      I’m glad I got your mouth watering, Harleena – I did it to myself too! πŸ˜‰ I remember that lovely stuffed red chilli pickle that we used to have in Allahabad. Now, you’ve got me craving for some! I’m sure you get it in Rajasthan too.
      My Dad is 87 and still enjoying spicy foods, with no sign of ulcers – so I’m hoping I got those genes! πŸ˜‰

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