By Alison Geisler
5:55 PM EDT, April 9, 2013
For our second Spicy Food Challenge, Austen and I decided to try our hands at an Indian dish known for being spicy: vindaloo. Sitar is a hop, skip and a few jumps away from our office so we took a stroll over to Orange and Grove on this fine, sunny day. We agreed on lamb vindaloo, as lamb isn't shrimp and no one likes chicken. (That's not true. My apologies to chicken.) We ordered our lamb vindaloo and asked for it to be made "as spicy as possible." "Very hot" was our only option beyond regular old "hot," so we hoped that'd be hot enough. We also ordered some raita, which is yogurt with cucumbers and spices, and mango lassis, since they are awesome. Lassis also contain yogurt, and dairy is a proven heat cutter if you fall too deep into the spice hole.
All in all, the lamb vindaloo wasn't as spicy as we'd hoped, but it was still very spicy. My mother (hi Mom!) would have absolutely hated this. We got a nice mouthburn, but it didn't stray into uncomfortable territory. We got a little sweaty, got some sniffles in our noses, but otherwise emerged just about unscathed. The na'an and lassis definitely helped manage the burn, and I didn't touch my water until we were finished eating. I'd rank it about a 6 or 7, as both Austen and I have eaten hotter foods without much discomfort. But I'd totally order this again, if only to embarrass my friends who are dining with me.
What should we try next? We have some ideas, but we want yours too. Leave a comment or hit me up @zeitgeisler on the Twitters. Oh, and thanks to the wonder Mike Sembos for stepping in as cameraman this week. (He tried the vindaloo, too.)
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