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The etymology of the word ‘Lakhori’ reveals that the variety of chili was first grown in a village called Lakhora situated on the Garhwal and Kumaon border of Uttarakhand thus giving it its name. Besides the yellow color, what distinguishes the Lakhori mirch from the other varieties is that it gets a specific type of wrinkle on drying. The Lakhori mirch can be categorized into two types based on their size. The smallest ones, known as Lakori Jamri, have the most number of seeds and are alleged to be used to make chilli flakes. On the other hand, the big ones are used as whole spices or grinded into powder.
Growing chillies requires a lot of hard work compared to other crops. The sowing season varies but is generally around February to March; sown by scattering the seeds around. Harvesting starts in October. Once the chillies are harvested and sun dried correctly, they can be used all round the year. The farmers say that if these chillies are dried again after a period of 2-3 months, they will never go bad thereafter. The main qualities of lakhori are that it has more compacted seeds in comparison to other chilli pods and the tip of the chilli is not pointed. It is very hot, so it is used in small quantities. The dried chillies are procured in large quantities by namkeen makers, who use it to flavour chips and namkeens. Another factor which favours its use in namkeens is that the yellow colour of the chillies blends with the colour of the namkeen unlike red chillies―it does not change the colour of the namkeen. On the other hand, people in mountainous regions avoid consuming red chillies due to their belief that it is not good for their health. The yellow chilli is the right substitute. Nomadic communities also prefer to use these chillies.
For all the people who love their food hot, spicy and flavoursome, the Lakhori is a must-try!
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