Devil’s Dynamite is a relatively new company from Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom. The company was formed in May 2012 by the Salvin family and currently offers a range of 5 unique chilli pastes. Despite being newcomers to the UK chilli industry, their products are derived from family recipes which have been perfected over many years. In this review I’ll be taking a look at their Explosive Chilli Paste which is the hottest in the range.
i. Something that is very exciting or wonderful.
ii. Something that could generate extreme reactions or have devastating repercussions.
Here’s hoping that this product embraces the first definition! Anyway, that’s enough of my musings – let’s take a closer look at the product.
The first thing that caught my eye was the bold company logo which spans 3 sides of the hexagonal jar. The red & white text which is set against a black background makes for a really striking label. The black lid is a nice touch too and the overall appearance is excellent.
Upon removing the lid, I am instantly greeted by garlic and ginger aromas. There is some fruitiness from the Scotch Bonnets too, but it is less prominent.
Fresh Scotch Bonnet, Hot Chilli Powder, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Garlic, Lemon Juice, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Fresh Coriander.
Jar kindly provided by Devil’s Dynamite.
The red paste is quite thick, but has a smooth texture. I tried a little on a spoon to gauge the heat and the addition of hot chilli powder was very noticeable. On its own the coriander and garlic leave a slight bitter aftertaste, but fortunately cooking with the paste is an entirely different experience.
The ingredients in this paste make it a great match for Indian and South-East Asian dishes. I cooked beef rendang (a spicy dish which originates from Indonesia) using the paste and found that the garlic and coriander mellowed nicely during cooking. I also combined the paste with ketchup, honey and sugar to make a delicious wing marinade – one of many suggestions which can be found on the Devil’s Dynamite website. I’m sure that this product would work great in soups and stews too.
Personally, I would love to see another product added to the range which excludes the ginger and coriander. Call me a purist, but I struggle with the thought of adding ginger to Mexican or Italian cooking and feel that a chilli & garlic paste could have greater appeal.
Overall, I enjoyed cooking with this product and found it to be a great way of adding both heat and flavour to a dish. I wish the range of Devil’s Dynamite products had been available when I was a student because they are extremely convenient.
All products in the range are available in two sizes – 65g (reviewed) and 170g. They are priced at £2.49 and £3.99 respectively. You can purchase this product online from Devil’s Dynamite or Scorchio.