Birds Eye Chili also called Thai chili or bird’s chili is often seen in Southeastern Asian Countries. It is commonly cultivated in Assam, Meghalaya and Kerala where it is called ‘Kanthaari Mulaka’ Birds eye Chili though small in size has a hot pungent taste and is used in traditional Kerala dishes. These chilies are mostly found in red color but one can see the black, yellow and purple varieties too. In fact it is amongst one of the ten hottest chili peppers in the world. Bird’s eye chilies are tiny red chillies also called ‘Dhani’.
This amazing condiment adds flavor, color and spice to any preparation uplifting its taste to one of exquisite delicacy. It is a favorite ingredient in Manipur, Mizoram and Kerala dishes because of its unique aroma and fiery hot flavor. Birds eye chili are often used in Vietnamese and Thai delicacies thus adding a certain zing and spice to your food. There are several health benefits of Birds eye chili. It aids in digestion and also helps in healing stomach ulcers due to the presence of a chemical compound known as Capsaicin. It is traditionally used for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis and is a cure for toothache and flatulence. It also helps to keep blood pressure in check and reduces cholesterol levels.