Updated: April 12, 2021
This article answers the question – Where to Find the Best Laal Maas Curry in Wembley – Laal Maas curry lovers may be curious about from where they can obtain Laal Maas curry in Wembley.
This makes sense, especially as Wembley is home to many different cultures, particularly from the Indian subcontinent.
So, in this article, we’ll reveal Where To Find The Best Laal Maas Curry In Wembley, but we’ll also reveal the answer to another related question that may have puzzled you, as much as it has intrigued me.
And that is How do people eat seemingly incredibly hot curries, like Laal Maas, and survive?
What is it about some people who regularly eat hot food, like a Laal Maas curry, without fuss or bother, while I struggle to eat even milder ones?
How is it that some people have no issue at all with consuming hot spicy curries, and in this case like Laal Maas?
Read on to find the answer to these questions.
Laal Mass – Key Questions
- What is Laal Maas? – Laal Mass is a well-known chilli-based curry that originated in Rajasthani in NorthWest India.
- Who invented Laal Maas? Like most things food-related, this dish is likely to have evolved rather than “invented”, as people worked out what ingredients worked well together.
- How spicy is Laal Maas? – Taste is subjective. People who eat it regularly find it acceptable, but those new to it may find it hotter than other curries they have had before.
- What meat is used in Laal Maas? – Laal Mass is made from Lamb (usually mutton), but without doubt, there will be variations the world over.
- What is Laal Maas made of? Laal Maas has many ingredients (see below) but is considered best when it is made from Lamb and a copious number of red chillis, but there are almost twenty ingredients that give this dish its quality.
- Where Can I Eat Laal Maas in Wembley? There are three places that we’ve found quite quickly in Wembley, and no doubt there are other places too dotted around – 1) Kanishkaa Wembley, 2) The Arena Lounge Bar Restaurant & Hotel and 3) Station 31.
Here’s a quick illustration that I begin with.
“Many years ago, a colleague and I visited a local Indian restaurant that someone recommended. He loved curry, so that evening as we ate, I sat and watched him slowly transform into this gibbering blob, sweating profusely and alternating between swigging his beer, wiping his face, breathing loudly and wiping his runny nose.
All this as he ate his curry. Despite the obvious discomfort, it was clear that he enjoyed it and was well used to it. I watched the spectacle as I ate something much milder.
I was merely an observer. We didn’t speak of it at all at that time.”
I learned one important thing that night, namely that, what is hot for one person is often mild for another.
Here’s a case in point, from the earlier illustration above.
That very same evening, a few hours later, around 1 am in my hotel room, I needed the toilet. I thought I was about to die. My body decided that I would be better off without the food I had eaten earlier. For a brief moment, I was sure that death was preferable to staying alive. My mild meal it turned out, was not so benign after all.
But all this does is prove the point that I was merely a novice, with an undeveloped stomach, when it came to eating curry.
And I know that many of you often search the internet for details of authentic hot curry dishes like Rajasthan Laal Maas.
In this article, I have come up with a few hot-curry, eating-out suggestions for when you next visit Wembley.
Read on to find out the hot curries you can explore or in my case, run away from as far as possible. If you prefer hot, you will definitely find something to try.
Laal Maas – Caution Ahead!
When you want to try out an Indian dish, for sure you need some courage and a calm temperament. This is simply due to the sheer number of food choices available.
Know though, that one ill-thought-out selection can spoil your eating out experience for a few days, while you recuperate, thus reducing your long-term desire for Indian food. This usually happens, mostly when you’re unfamiliar with the menu, as I was!
In Wembley, there is no shortage of Indian restaurants with a wide variety of Asian or Indian food from which to choose.
If ultra-hot is your preference, check out Laal Maas dish in Wembley from these three restaurants I’ve listed below.
There you will find absolutely the authentic delicacy of the Rajasthan Laal Maas dish.
Why Laal Maas Ahead Of Other Curries?
But you may be wondering why am I explicitly referring to Laal Maas curry here? Why am I singling out this dish, out of and above the hundreds of other available Indian dishes?
Well, the reason is simple – it’s ingredients are terrifyingly scary for the uninitiated!
What is Rajasthani Laal Maas Curry?
Laal Maas curry’s main ingredient is Lamb. It’s a rich, creamy, spicy, lamb curry. They say the dish originated in Rajasthan, a state in the northern part of India.
Interestingly, what you should know is that this dish is usually made from 20 red chillies and 2 green chillies. I’ve seen Laal Maas described being made from a burst of chillies!
That’s the amount for a typical half kilograms (500g) of Lamb.
Eating this dish, for many, will be a high octane adventure, particularly for those unfamiliar with Indian spices. All said this dish will still be a bit of a challenge even for some Indian people.
But as I pointed out before, what is hot for one person is mild for another. What this means is that while it will be fiery for some, for others, it will only give a tingling sensation.
Therefore only medium hot.
What Are the Ingredients of Rajasthani Laal Maas Curry?
For me, the ingredients are like herbal remedies in themselves. Pure natural spices have many qualities, and there are therefor man meaningful reasons why they get included in curry.
Indeed, some of the Indian recipe books say these spices help your digestive system disorders. That’s fantastic, so I’ll provide you with a list of the health benefits of these spices in the latter part of this article.
How Do You Make Laal Maas?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t think it is wise or responsible to provide details of the recipe here. That is not the focus of this article.
Providing such a recipe here is akin to publishing the details of how to build a weapon.
Ok. So that’s an exaggeration, but hopefully, you get my point.
Besides, there are already enough recipes you to find here online. The world does not need another such recipe.
The Ingredients of Laal Maas
With that said, it’s interesting to know the ingredients of this curry.
- Lamb (some recipes use mutton too.)
- Red Chillies
- Cumin powder
- Coriander powder
- Turmeric powder
- Kachri powder
- Ginger – Garlic paste
- Black cardamom
- Green cardamom
- Bay leaf
- Red Onions
- Garam masala powder
- Lemon wedges
What Happens To You When You Eat A Very Spicy Curry Dish?
From my perspective, you’re either in heaven or hell if you experience any of the following sensations, in no particular order, and a little whimsical!
- Your tongue feels on fire and doesn’t stop burning. The look in your eyes says that you wonder if it will ever stop. You think that maybe this time, just this time, perhaps you got it wrong!
- You get a red nose and red lips, and you look well, weird, but sadly for you, you can’t see it.
- Your ears may look red too!
- Your entire face will become red as you realise your friends are all wondering what’s happening with you. That look on their faces is not one of encouragement but something entirely different. They are wondering, is he going to die, right now, right here in front of me?
- Your eyes stream like you’re crying, but without the usual embarrassing noise when you cry in public.
- Your nose runs and runs and runs and runs.
- Reflux or other gastritis disorders – fortunately for you this happens later when you have regained a level of control.
- In the worst cases, vomiting (depend on your level of tolerance)
- To everyone around, it appears as if you are about to die and everyone gets concerned for you.
- Vomiting (this is extreme of course, and not immediately, but all depends on your level of “tolerance” to this particular curry)
But luckily for you, there are ways to survive this, and it does get better the more often you try it.
How To Survive A High-Spiced Indian Curry
Somebody might suggest that if it is too spicy, simply do not eat it. But, as my Indian friend would say to me, I am telling you, try out the dish.
I call it “stepping out from your comfort zone”. A more robust version of you awaits on the other side!
True, it is a bold move and perhaps a new experience for you. Who doesn’t love a little adventure?
For sure, enjoy your super-spicy food, but consider heeding these suggestions below.
They are all about how to survive the effects of these hot curries.
- Avoid trying to counter the heat with too much water – water tends to spread the capsaicin (a spicy component of chilli).
- Use honey or sugar instead – both help absorb the intensive spiciness.
- Or you can try tomatoes and lemons – these two will act science to your heat problem!
- Cold milk – that is easy, isn’t it? Yes try this out, it works.
- Use pieces of bread or maybe a little amount of rice, as another simple but effective way to avoid the adverse effects of your hot food.
- Keep some tissue handy – you will almost need them to blow your nose as you eat, all while being careful to keep your hands away from your eyes!
- Order a large glass of Lassi and drink some before, during and after you’ve eaten.
You now have enough information to be able to “enjoy” the spicy Rajasthan Laal Maas curry when eating out here in Wembley. In case you weren’t before, you also now know how to be smart about eating really spicy foods, enough to survive them.
Either way, Laal Maas or any other high-intense spicy food gives you an unforgettable experience. Let those memories not be for the wrong reasons.
But curiously, there’s more!
For the ultra-curious or ultra-adventurous of you (or some may say foolish) there are other hotter kinds of curry that you’ll want to be aware of.
Why do people love curry so much? Another way to ask the same question is Why is Indian Food so Delicious?
The answer to this question it seems is a scientific one.
A recent article published in the Daily Mail suggested that scientists have recently discovered that we love Indian foods because of its lack of overlapping flavours. Rather than pairing flavours, as is so common in the West, curries tend to get made with near distinct flavours.
That is the scientists found that sharing of flavour was much less than they expected.
This means that across the spectrum of curry making, dishes got made with specific ingredients (like bell peppers and garam masala) that shared little chemically similarity with others; much less so that in the West.
They found, in fact, that the more likely two flavours were to overlap, the less likely they were to appear in the same dish. The net result of this is less blending of flavours and more uniqueness instead, all of which leads to more superior tasting food that we’ve all come to love and enjoy.
Of course, Northern Indian foods do not represent India. Western and Southern parts of India have other kinds of dishes, many of which are vegetarian.
Note too that, as always, dishes get shaped by factors like availability of ingredients, culture, religion, family favourites, the alternative ingredients available at the time of cooking, region and tradition.
What Are the Spiciest (er, hottest!) Indian Curries?
Better to know them, then you can avoid eating them. Or perhaps purposefully eat these kinds of curries with extreme caution.
Also, remember you now know how to survive from those fiery dishes using the tips I listed above.
01- Phaal Curry – The world’s hottest chillies (according to Indian sources) get used for cooking this curry. Habanero pepper or any similar hot peppers are the most common chillies used for this dish.
Lamb is the meat of choice for the Phaal curry. If you are of Indian origin, you will, without doubt, be aware of this dish. It may even be a favourite.
By the way, I’ve heard it said that even Indians fear this curry, but I’m not sure that it’s true. What I know is that I’m not courageous enough to try Phaal Curry.
Anyway, wanting to make you aware of the real world and what’s out there, I searched for this curry dish all around Wembley but couldn’t find a place that served it. That’s not to say that if you searched, you wouldn’t find it.
I was simply unsuccessful at the time of looking.
02- Rista/Rishta – Rista is also a Lamb curry originated from Kashmir. The best combo for the curry is Naan or rice. Aromatic Kashmir delicacy serves with the dish.
Kashmir people usually cook the curry in the winter season to keep the body warm.
03- Pork Vindaloo – The main meat in this Vindaloo dish is pork. Goa is the place where this dish originated. And the food got introduced by the Portuguese.
However, the spiciness of the Vindaloo has been tamed by the locals to suit wider audiences. Pork Vindaloo is one of my favourites, and you would easily find this in Wembley.
You can try the curry but follow some safety rules. However, I would say the hotness of this dish would have been refined for local audiences in Wembley.
04- Kozhi Curry – Kozhi Curry is another mouth-watering curry from Kerala region of India. Habanero chillies are the main ingredient here used to cook the chicken dish.
I have tasted this in Wembley. Frankly, halfway through I stopped eating and started to blame the restaurant. Fortunately, one of the experienced waiters gave me a sherbet.
05- Saoji Chicken Curry – The Saoji Chicken Curry is made from delicate Indian spices such as Garam masala and few types of hottest chillies all combined. And the curry originated in the Nagpur region.
Not like other curries, I ate almost the entire dish with Naan. But, by the evening, I ended up having some gastric problems in my stomach. It was not at all pleasant.
You’re bound to be wondering and what’s the point of eating all those hot dishes. It’s sheer bravado. I too love trying unusual dishes —especially spicy Indian ones.
But there is a bit more to eating curries than just heat or spiciness. Curries have health benefits too, but to be honest, those benefits really are far from my mind when I’m eating.
Continue reading to decide if the health reasons might tempt you.
What Are the Health Benefits, If Any, of Indian Spicy Dishes?
The health benefits of curry cover a wide range – For example,
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Anti-ageing properties
- Bone health
- Heart health
- Pain relief
- Mental health
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Cancer prevention
Garam masala contains most of the spices below. It is one big healthy bundle.
And natural essence for your meal.
- Chilli – offer support for digestion.
- Cinnamon – helps to reduce blood sugar.
- Capsicum – has anti-bacterial properties.
- Clove – provides the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Cumin – Solves stomach problems like constipation.
- Black cardamom – Helps digestions and eases throat problems and has anti-bacterial properties too.
- Saffron – Indians believe saffron relieves depression.
- Black pepper – Relieves digestive problems.
- Garlic – reduces cholesterol and aids the immune system. Lowering cholesterol is ideal. It has anti-bacterial properties too.
- Ginger – regulates or controls the common cold.
- Mustard – reduces the symptoms of arthritis.
- Turmeric – has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects.
Now, at this point, I’m wondering what’s going through your mind. Are you leaning towards curries because of the health aspects or maybe because you like and would eat hot foods anyway.
Or perhaps you’re a curry-coward like I am, who merely finds it amusing that people would put themselves through such hell?
Assuming that heat is your thing, you can, with certainty, assuage your hot curry desires in several places in Wembley.
Ealing Road, (referred to as Little India) is an excellent example of a place to visit for this reason. But you will even find many similar restaurants in Boxpark, Wembley.
Where To Find The Best Laal Maas Curry In Wembley
Here are some more specific details to the places I referred to above.
01- Kanishkaa Wembley – This restaurant is on the Harrow Road, which goes through the centre of Wembley. It is close to the Wembley Triangle, with its nearest train station is Wembley Stadium.
It’s situated roughly the same distance between Wembley Central and Wembley Park stations. When you leave Wembley Central, you turn right along the High Road, irrespective of which exit you use.
Get to the High Road and turn right.
02- The Arena Lounge Bar Restaurant & Hotel – The Arena Lounge Bar is farther along the Harrow Road heading towards Harrow, but you’d get to Sudbury first. If you exit via Wembley Central, you turn left.
It’s within walking distance but far more sensible to jump on the frequent buses for the few stops that it is.
03- Station 31 – This restaurant is also on the Harrow Road and close to Wembley Triangle.
So if you are courageous enough to consider Rajasthani Laal Maas curry, there are places in Wembley for you to get your experience. But, in all seriousness, only attempt eating hot curries if you are genuinely prepared for the consequences and have taken suitable precautions.
As always, to avoid catastrophes, take advice from the local staff at your restaurant. It is the local staff that would have witnessed every crazy event that involves people eating the Rajasthani Laal Maas Curry.
Before we leave this conversation, there is one final question.
What Is It That Makes One Person Able To Handle Spicy Foods That Another Cannot?
I was always puzzled about why, from a food perspective, one person’s level of hot is another person’s mild. And I now have a much better idea of how that works.
It’s overly non-scientific, mind you, but is based on what I gleaned recently from a book titled – The Gut.
Well, it’s to do with the bacteria in the gut that break down the foods we eat. Individuals do not inherently have a better disposition over another to a particular type of food by default.
Within reason, the broader the set of foods you eat, the more efficiently your stomach will be at handling other foods due to the increased diversity of gut bacteria that grow to handle those different kinds of food.
So if you want to eat hotter foods, then begin by eating foods hotter than you are now used to. Even if you have a “bad” experience, repeat it, and your “heat” tolerance will improve as your gut bacteria adjusts.
This is how you survive the heat – by persevering with it.
There’s another related point that’s also useful to know.
Sometimes, merely eating unfamiliar foods can cause stomach upset even though the food is perfectly fine and hygienic. Some people mistake this for food poisoning when it is not.
In my youth, I thought that if I ate something that led to tummy upset, it must have been because there was something wrong with the food. While possible, it is not necessarily true.
Often, it merely means that on those occasions, I did not have the gut bacteria to support the new food, and my gut chose the most efficient method of handling the situation, by keeping me grounded on the toilet, so to speak.
The solution is to continue to eat more of it, in small amounts over time, and your gut will populate itself with what it needs to tolerate better.
Finally, you may have noticed this yourself recently. Before the pandemic you would have probably been eating a wider range of foods in and around your place of work, assuming that you were not already working from home before the lockdown.
As soon as you begin to eat a wider range of foods after several months of reducing our kinds of foods, you may have had a tummy upset a few times as you readjust. This is especially noticed, and perhaps you did too.
This is partly because you lose a proportion of the bacteria involved in processing your food every time you have a tummy upset or you use the toilet naturally. The wider the range of foods you eat, the wider will be the supporting bacteria that populate your stomach.
Where To Find The Best Laal Maas Curry In Wembley – Conclusion
Concerning my friend from earlier, he has apparently been eating curries for over 30 years. He has worked hard to be able to “enjoy” that level of heat. His gut has adapted to support his habit. And he typically always orders the hottest thing on the menu.
So, if you’re still a newbie, there’s always time for you.
Now, had I known at the time of my mishap while eating out, as described at the start of this article, what I now know, I might have had a better experience.
It is my sincere hope then, that what’s written here helps those of you planning a trip to Wembley to:-
- Take excellent care choosing a spicy curry.
- Understand how to survive a hot curry.
- Know how to sidestep a potentially unpleasant eating out experience and one that may come with unexpected endings. If you catch my drift.
Happy eating out in Wembley.
If you have any experience of preparing or eating Laal Maas curries, let us know below in the comments.