Attempting to find this curry 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 answer another related question that may have puzzled you as much as it has intrigued me. How do people eat seemingly incredibly hot curries, like Laal Maas, and survive?
How do some people have no issue consuming hot spicy curries, in this case, 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 North-West 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 gets used in Laal Maas? – Laal Maas gets made from Lamb (usually mutton), but there will be variations worldwide, without a doubt.
- What is Laal Maas made of? Laal Maas has many ingredients (see below), but experts agree it’s best when made from Lamb and a copious number of red chillis, but almost twenty food ingredients give this dish its quality.
- Where Can I Eat Laal Maas in Wembley? We’ve found three places quite quickly in Wembley (and no doubt there are other places too dotted around) – see below.
Here’s a quick illustration with which I’ll begin.
“Many years ago, a colleague and I visited a local Indian restaurant that someone recommended. He loved curry, so as we ate, I watched him slowly transform into this gibbering blob, sweating profusely and alternating between swigging his beer, wiping his face, and breathing loudly while 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: what is hot for one person is often mild for another.
Here’s a case in point from the earlier illustration above.
A few hours later, the spices acted on my stomach that night. In the lavatory, I felt I would die. My body decided 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 proves 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 seeking details of authentic hot curry dishes like Rajasthan Laal Maas.
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 find something to try.
Laal Maas – Caution Ahead!
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 experience typically happens when you’re mostly unfamiliar with the menu, as I was!
In Wembley, there is no shortage of Indian restaurants with a wide variety of Asian or Indian Foods.
If ultra-hot is your preference, check out Laal Maas dish in Wembley from these three restaurants I’ve listed below.
You will find absolutely the authentic delicacy of the Rajasthan Laal Maas dish.
Why Put Laal Maas Ahead of Other Curries?
But you may wonder why I am explicitly referring to Laal Maas curry here? Why am I singling this dish out of and above the hundreds of others available?
The reason is simple – its 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, you should know that this dish gets made from 20 red chillies and two green chillies. I’ve seen Laal Maas described as “being made from a burst of chillies!”
That’s the amount for a typical half kilogram (500g) of Lamb.
Eating this dish, for many, will be a high-octane adventure, particularly for those unfamiliar with Indian spices. This dish will still be a challenge, even for some Indian people.
But as I pointed out, what is hot for one person is mild for another. So while fiery for some, others will only experience 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 meaningful reasons they get included in curry.
Indeed, some 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?
I don’t think it is wise or responsible to provide the recipe details 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
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 you wonder if it will ever stop. You think that maybe this time, just this time, you got it wrong!
- You get a red nose and lips, and you look 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 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 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 (depending on your level of tolerance)
- You are about to die, and everyone gets concerned for you. Some will laugh at you.
- Vomiting (this is extreme, of course, and not immediately, but it 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 countering the heat with too much water – water spreads 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 tiny amount of rice as another simple but effective way to avoid your hot food’s adverse effects.
- Keep some tissue handy – you will almost need them to blow your nose as you eat while being careful to keep your hands away from your eyes!
- Order a large glass of Lassi and drink before, during, and after eating.
You now have enough information to “enjoy” the spicy Rajasthan Laal Maas curry when eating out in Wembley. If you weren’t before, you also know how to be smart about eating spicy foods, enough to survive them.
Either way, Laal Maas or 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 (some may say foolish), there are other curries far hotter of which you’ll want to be aware.
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 their lack of overlapping flavours.
Rather than pairing flavours, as is so common in the West, curries are made with near distinct flavours.
The scientists found that sharing of flavour was much less than they expected.
So, across the spectrum of curry making, dishes were made with specific ingredients (like bell peppers and garam masala) that shared little chemically similarity with others, much less so in the West.
They found that the more likely two flavours overlap, the less likely they appear in the same dish. The result is less blending of flavours and more uniqueness, leading 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 dishes, many vegetarian.
As always, dishes get shaped by ingredients, culture, religion, family favourites, the alternative ingredients available at the cooking time, 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 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 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 a doubt, be aware of this dish. It may even be a favourite.
By the way, I’ve heard that even Indians fear this curry, but I’m not sure it’s true. I know that I’m not courageous enough to try Phaal Curry.
Anyway, wanting to make you aware of 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 you wouldn’t see it if you searched.
I couldn’t find it when I looked.
Rista is also a Lamb curry originating from Kashmir. The best combo for the curry is Naan or rice. Aromatic Kashmir delicacy serves with the dish.
Kashmir people usually cook curry in the winter 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 some food got introduced by the Portuguese.
However, the spiciness of the Vindaloo got adapted 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 got refined for local audiences in Wembley.
04- Kozhi Curry
Kozhi Curry is another mouth-watering curry from the 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 gets made from delicate Indian spices such as Garam masala and a few hottest chillies. 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 had some gastric problems in my stomach. It was not at all pleasant.
You’re bound to wonder what’s the point of eating those hot dishes. It’s sheer bravado. I also love trying unusual dishes —especially spicy Indian ones.
But there is more to eating curries than just heat or spiciness. Curries have health benefits too, but to be honest, those benefits are far from my mind when I’m eating.
Continue reading to decide if the health reasons might tempt you.
12 Health Benefits of Indian Spices
The health benefits of curry cover a wide range –
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Anti-ageing properties
- Bone health
- Heart health
- Pain relief
- Mental health
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Cancer prevention
12 Essential Spices for your meals.
Garam masala contains most of the spices below. It is one big healthy bundle. And natural essence for your meal.
- Chilli – offers support for digestion.
- Cinnamon – helps to reduce blood sugar.
- Capsicum – has anti-bacterial properties.
- Clove – provides an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Cumin – solves stomach problems like constipation.
- Black cardamom helps digestion, eases throat problems, and has anti-bacterial properties.
- 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 would love to eat hot foods anyway?
Or perhaps you’re a curry-coward like I am, who 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. 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 of the places I referred to above.
01- Mazaaa Wembley (Formerly Kanishkaa Wembley)
It’s roughly the same distance between Wembley Central and Wembley Park stations. You turn right along the High Road when you leave Wembley Central, irrespective of which exit you use.
Get to the High Road and turn right.
02- The Arena Lounge Bar Restaurant & Hotel
It’s within walking distance but far more sensible to jump on the frequent buses for a few shortstops.
What others have said.
Two hundred seventeen people have commented. One individual said that the Arena Lounge is spacious and friendly, and the menu has a wide selection of vegetarian and meat dishes.
The Arena Lounge received the best compliment: “The food was fresh and tasted brilliant”.
Another commenter said, “Food was great, reasonably priced, and served quickly. Highly recommend.”
03- Station 31
Station 31 restaurant is at 299-303 Harrow Rd, Wembley HA9 6BD, close to Wembley Triangle.
So if you are courageous enough to consider Rajasthani Laal Maas curry, there are places in Wembley 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.
To avoid catastrophes, take advice from the local staff at your restaurant. The local team would have witnessed every crazy event that involved people eating the Rajasthani Laal Maas Curry.
What others have said.
This place is highly recommended – For example, one commenter said, “Great Food, service super friendly. Cocktails are absolutely delicious. I recommend the passion fruit martini. Has really fresh fruit (papaya flavour really comes through).”
Another individual Rohit, said, “Always the best food never disappointed, cheap pints, the old manager from years and Ganesh are the ones keeping the place alive…thank you.”
What Makes One Person Able To Handle Spicy Foods That Another Cannot?
Before we leave this conversation, there is one final question.
From a food perspective, I was always puzzled about why one person’s hot level is another person’s mild. And I now have a much better idea of how that works.
It’s overly non-scientific but came from what I gleaned recently from a book titled simply – 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.
The broader the set of foods you eat, the more efficiently your stomach will be 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, begin by eating foods hotter than you currently eat. Even if you have a “bad” experience, repeat it, and your “heat” tolerance will improve as your gut bacteria adjusts.
By slowly “educating” your gut, 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 excellent 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 I did not have the gut bacteria to support the new food on those occasions, and my gut chose the most efficient method of handling the situation by keeping me grounded on the toilet.
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’ve probably eaten a broader range of foods at home and while lunching at work.
As soon as you eat a broader set of foods after several months of eating a reduced range, you may have had a tummy upset a few times as you re-adjust.
This is because you lose a proportion of the bacteria in processing your food every time you have a tummy upset or use the toilet naturally.
The more comprehensive the range of foods you eat, the wider the supporting bacteria that populate your stomach.
Conclusion – Where To Find The Best Laal Maas Curry In Wembley
Concerning my friend from earlier, he has been eating curries for over 30 years. He has worked hard 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.
Please comment below if you have any experience preparing or eating Laal Maas curries.