Himachilli Red Chilli Chukh Review – Extremely HOT!
A traditional recipe passed on through generations and bottled to reach us. The Himachilli Red Chilli Chukh is flamin’ hot!
Be it the coconut chutney from down South, the tomato khejur chutney from Bengal or Muj Chutney (mooli chutney) from Kashmir – the diversity of our nation can be easily detected with regional food.
Another regional speciality is the spicy chukh from Himachal. Made using sun dried chillies (from Chamba), this is an extremely potent and spicy condiment that goes well with just about everything including dal-chawal, parathas. These can even be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.
Here is how we rated this Himachali chukh by the brand Himalayan People.
Himalayan People Red Chilli Chukh – At A Glance
|1.||Legal Name||Himalayan People|
|4.||Headquarters||Himachal Pradesh, India|
|5.||Products Covered||Hot sauces, pickles, tea, soaps and more|
Himalayan People – Everything You Need To Know
Here are a few details about the brand, its mission, vision and journey. We also highlight the products they have to offer –
Himalayan People is a platform operated by Five Benches Promotions And Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. in India. It was founded in 2014 by a group of friends from Himachal – Anuj Kapoor, Anand Kapoor, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Bhupinder Tomar and Mohit Kapoor.
What’s The Brand About?
As per their website – “Himalayan People is the home of the finest produce, foods, crafts and arts from the Himalayas. Select products that bring together the best Himalayan traditions with contemporary styles and quality standards are chosen by our team.
We create our own products in our design lab as well as select the most outstanding work of craftsmen and artists in the Himalayan region. Most products featured here are handcrafted, by hardworking, talented locals who share in the success of our platform.
We bring you these enduring traditions from an endearing people.”
Some of the products offered are –
- Palampore teas and infusions
- Skin and body care (Soaps etc)
- Essential oils
- Hot sauces and dips (Himachilli)
Himachilli Products – Our Recommendations
What we ordered – We ordered the Himachilli Red Chilli Chukh.
How much did it cost? It is priced at Rs 185/- for a 200 gm bottle with a shelf life of 18 months.
Any other variants? It is also available in the green chilli variant, a honey-chilli variant and hot table sauces. It is packed in a glass bottle with a golden lid and an interesting graphic on top of the label.
What are the main ingredients? They include Chitrali chillies, Citrus extract (330), Mustard oil, Turmeric, Cumin powder, Carom, Edible Common salt, food preservative (211). Chitrali chillies are specifically grown in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This is a plant based vegan product.
Himachilli Red Chilli Chukh
What were we expecting from this chukh? Hot, smokey and sour flavors. Traditionally, chukh is made using specific chillies that are sundried and mixed with gulgul/galgal (गलगल – a citrus fruit specific to Himachal region) along with oil and other spices. This should be slightly coarse and is usually oily.
So was this as per our expectations? Having tasted chukh at local Himachali homes and eating joints numerous times, we can safely say that this is the real deal. The smokey HOT flavors of a traditional chukh are bottled and sent our way. We tried it over a week with different sides like dal-chawal, idlis, parathas and even as a marinade for a homemade chicken tikka.
What about the color and texture? It’s burnt red with a thick coarse chutney/dip-like consistency. This has a dandedaar/coarse texture where you can spot the seeds mixed with the oil and skin/outer flesh of the chillies. It has a lot of oil floating on top, so shake/stir well before use, like the pack indicates.
Any smell? The aroma is primarily of smokey chillies followed by sourness. No off-putting smell of the oil.
Who is it for? This is definitely not meant for the faint hearted. If you’re someone who relishes the good, hot and smokey flavor of red chillies; pick this up instantly and you won’t look back on any cheap hot sauces or schezwan dips ever. Do note that this is not garlicky. So if a mix of chilli-garlic flavor is what you need, stick to your regular schezwan dips.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Himachilli Chukh by Himalayan People.
Traditionally chukh is made from sundried Chitrali chillies found in Chamba and other spices. The sourness comes from galgal/gulgul. This too uses Chitrali chillies, but not gulgul for the sourness.
Chukh can be consumed with a number of snacks including fries, momos, and even with main course like dal-chawal, roti-sabzi and parathas.
Yes, absolutely. This can be used as a marinade as well.
This product is available on Amazon. You can also order it directly from their website.
Re-visit Himachali cuisine with a red, hot favorite- the chukh. Himalayan People gave us a gem in the form of a delish, fiery and smokey red chilli chukh that can be enjoyed with everyday meals and used as a dip or marinade.
If you haven’t tried authentic chukh before, this is a good option to buy and try.
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