One of the best part of work is traveling. I visited quite a few cities which were new for me. I was in Vizag for a few days for some work. 
 
Vizag or Vishakhapattanam is a port city in Andhra Pradesh, South Eastern India, best known for its wonderful beaches and Naval activities. 
 
On this particular day, the team suggested a place for our lunch – according to them it was the best Biriyani place there! I think I was there in 2014. It was the month of June or July – it was hot, humid, sultry. The kind of weather which I completely hate! And biriyani in that weather was not on my mind. I still said yes because three hungry men were all enthusiastic about it. 
 
They ordered this pot biryani for themselves. I asked the waiter to suggest me something less spicy. Andhra food in anyway is super spicy. He suggested biriyani invariably. I thought of trying a coastal curry with steamed rice. The waiter suggested there’s hardly any spice – it’s prawn cooked in coconut milk and tempered with red chili. 
 
I was happy with the description and promptly ordered that. 
 
“Special se banana madam ke liye, pehli baar ayi hai humare yahan”, instructed one of the TSI. [Make it specially well for madam, she is visiting our city for the first time]
 
These guys surely wanted to impress their madam with their hospitality.
 
Our food was served in sometime. The three hungry men dived into their pot biriyanis and I tasted my coastal curry.
 
The rice was steaming hot, the curry was hot. 
 
My tongue was on fire, ears turning warm and red…. 
 
I was trying very hard to hold the tears in my eyes… 
 
But not for two long…
 
Eyes, nose everything started running in moments!
 
The supposedly mild coastal curry probably had only one thing – guntur chili!!!!
That’s supposed to be very very hot chili. And I am not a chili person at all.
 
All I wanted to do that time was run in any direction possible and stick my tongue in ice.
 
I gulped down water – it didn’t help.
 
There was a ketchup bottle – I had a spoonful of it – it didn’t help either.
 
The men in front thought their madam must have gone mad! One of them tasted the curry and said – “isme kahan mirchi hai?” [where is the chili in this?]
 
I was like :O don’t you guys open your mouth. 
 
Finally it was a big ice cream sundae that came to the rescue and my only lunch!
 
I probably should have stuck to the biriyani!
 
My savior to control the damage!
 
Meanwhile check out a refreshing drink
  in my Food Blog


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This post is written for the A to Z Challenge 2016 for Day 10 Letter J. Visit A to ZBlogChatter to read other beautiful bloggers!

Tina Basu

7 Comments on Just too hot to handle

  1. Rajlakshmi
    April 12, 2016 at 10:43 am (8 months ago)

    oh dear!! I remember the taste of chilli in Andhera food… even though I eat spicy food, andhra spice is of a different order 😀 My face was a water fountain, sweating profusely 😛

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  2. Kala Ravi
    April 12, 2016 at 11:03 am (8 months ago)

    OMG how terrible! I have heard that Guntur Chilly is spicy….but so spicy?! Any good you had the Sundae. All's well that ends well!
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  3. Geets
    April 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm (8 months ago)

    You know I'm craving for ice-cream now..!! And I too am not a spicy lover, as in too much of it!
    Interesting read it was 🙂

    Cheers
    Geets

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  4. Parul
    April 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh man! How much I loathe chilly food and the same happens to me. Running eyes and nose and my ears start hurting. poor you! What's TSI?
    Ice cream must have been such a relief 🙂

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  5. Mary Hill
    April 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm (8 months ago)

    I can't eat hot stuff either. I can only imagine. I heard milk helps, but I have no idea if this is true. 😉

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  6. Liz
    April 12, 2016 at 9:52 pm (8 months ago)

    Oooh, I wish I could eat curry or chile, but sadly they both give me tummy ache. I think a visit to India would probably be a disaster, although I'd love to go there! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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