Rupali ‘s – Curry Hell

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on September 22, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Hello my chilli loving freaks, its Scooby here talking to you from HELL!!! Or ‘Curry Hell’ as the bottle says, along side with my fellow taster Scottie 2 Hottie. This sauce is made from the guys at www.therupali.co.uk, one of the more famous Indian restaurants in Newcastle.

Curry Hell

Curry Hell

In the bottle you can see a glorious sunset orange and red sauce, which although looks great is unfortunately hidden behind a dark label that in my eyes looks very commercial. And the ‘As seen on tv’ does not help either, however the true warm glow of the sauce does shine through beautifully at the back where there is no label. Closer inspection of the bottle and the chilli powder can be seen clinging for dear life to the side of the bottle before falling back down in with the rest of the ‘Curry hell’.

Ingredients: Water, Naga chillies, Crushed chillies, Chilli powder, Tomato puree, Oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Spices, Herbs, Lemon juice and salt.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Mmmmmmmmmmm, Naga Naga Naga 😀 This could be very interesting. Upon smelling the sauce I immediately get a salsa aroma, lots of tomato and citrus and a warming smell of the crushed chillis. I can just about make out the smell of Naga’s but above all it’s the salsa aroma, be it a more chilli salsa than a mild salsa.

Pouring the sauce you can see that it should be tipped very carefully. Pour too quickly and you will know about it. The sauce just flows and looks very smooth indeed. My spoon is filled up in no time at all. Right, let the tasting commence.

Immediately, there is a kick on the tongue as the heat steams straight through. There is a very strong tomato flavour here with a collection of the spices mildly in the background. Coming through from the tomato flavour is a chilli flavour. Not quite as much Naga taste as I was expecting, this sauce seems to have taken the heat of the Naga but not the flavour so much.

This sauce is pretty damn hot as far as non extract sauces go. Not so hot that I need to grab the milk, after all I have only had a teaspoon. Saying that, it was mild enough that Scottie didn’t need milk either and that’s saying something :p. It would be a struggle to get through a whole curry made of this though, definitely milk at the ready if your going to try that. The heat holds for a good minute or so before fairly rapidly scurrying off, giving way for another spoon of this fierce nectar. It hits fast and retreats fast, instant rush of heat that subsides to allow for more punishment of your taste buds.

I think this would be good as a dipping sauce as I think if this was diluted in a curry, it would take too much of the heat away. Plus the tomato flavour would work more in its favour for dipping. It would be great to give a slight lift to any other dish however, like a stir fry or as an extra kick for bbq marinade.

The guys at www.hot-headz.com sell this sauce for £4.99 a bottle which can be both good or bad, depending on your intent. If you are going to solely use this for a curry then its quite expensive. If you only want to use some to just life the heat of your curry ect then it is a steal.

Flavour
(5/10)
Heat
(8/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value
(6/10)
Overall
(6.5/10)

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