There are a few varieties in this Hot Heads series and I now have all of them. The first I reviewed was the one that’s the hottest – the green chilli. My wife Kit ordered me one from Amazon as we couldn’t find it locally. Well this summer we took a trip to northern California and found a couple great Indian grocery stores – and they had all of them. Sweet! Here’s a little about what peri peri means from Wikipedia –
Piri piri (/ˌpiːriˈpiːri/ PIR-ree-PIR-ree, also spelled peri peri or pili pili, also called African bird’s eye chili), is a cultivar of Capsicum chinense, one of the sources of chili pepper that grows both wild and domesticated.
It is a small member of the Capsicum genus. It grows in Angola, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the tropical forests of South Sudan and the highlands of Ethiopia. It was brought to Goa, India by the Portuguese.
Piri piri is Swahili for “pepper pepper”. Other romanizations include pili pili in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or peri peri in Malawi, deriving from the various pronunciations of the word in parts of Bantu languages-speaking Africa. Piri piri is the spelling of the name as used in the Portuguese language, namely in the Portuguese-speaking Mozambican community.
The Oxford Dictionary of English records piri-piri as a foreign word meaning “a very hot sauce made with red chilli peppers” and giving its origin as the Ronga language of southern Mozambique word for “pepper”.
An interesting pepper to be sure. Let’s check out this peri peri variety from India!
Maggi Hot Heads Peri Peri Noodles – India
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Has a green dot which means suitable for vegetarians. To prepare, add noodle block and sachet content to 210ml boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
Dark and looks spicy.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles are really quite nice – a slight mush to them kind of like a Japanese variety I’ve had with agar agar in them, yet hearty and tasty.Thee peri peri pepper sauce/soup is pretty good – not too spicy, but definitely, more than a wide swath of people I know could handle. If you like a bit of spicy you should enjoy it. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8901058847857.