Phall (The Hottest Curry of All!)

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is an awesome curry for those who like their curries very hot indeed. It's from Pat Chapman's excellent "Curry Club" recipe book and is one of my favourites. Serve it with plain or pullao rice (and with a yoghurt raita, in case it is too hot!) Update note re some reviews: Chef #379274 from New Orleans, Indian cooking usually uses birdseye chilies, fresh or dried - I usually use dried as they store really well. Re the salt comment - I'm not sure why you'd think lack of salt in a recipe means it's an oversight? You don't need added salt in most Indian recipes as it's salty enough with the salt that's in most ingredients anyway (ketchup, tinned tomatoes etc). Of course feel free to add salt if you like things salty - and want to harden your arteries and kill the flavour!: ) Chef johnthetrevor, this is an authentic Indian recipe with a beautiful flavour - it's not just about the hotness - if you prefer using commercilly bought vindaloo paste, don't bother with this recipe, just follow the instructions on your jar of paste! :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fry the meat in a pan in half the ghee or oil, until sealed (5 to 10 minutes). Set aside.
  2. Fry the onion, garlic and ginger until golden in remaining ghee or oil.
  3. Mix the spices with a little water to make a paste.
  4. Add to the onion mixture and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato (tinned, ketchup and puree) and chilies.
  6. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Combine the meat and all ingredients in a casserole dish and cook in a pre-heated oven at 400 deg F, Gas 6 for 45 to 60 minutes. (Alternatively, add meat back to the pan with the mixture and cook covered on low heat for an hour. At this stage you can also just throw it all into the slow cooker if you prefer.).


Most Helpful

The spice combination is perfect, exactly what I was looking for. I used 6 habanero peppers, which was just about right for us, and 1/2 tsp ground fenugreek instead of the leaves. Just wanted to point out that you really can use any kind of meat or poultry and it'll be great -- I poured the sauce over a brisket and baked it covered for 3 hours and it was amazing.

Devora November 19, 2006

This was sensational! I used dried chillies (15 of them!) and it nearly blew my head off, but still had a magnificent rich flavour. Definitely don't serve it to people who can't take hot foods, but if you like your food hot, then this is the one!

Bad Boy May 19, 2003

Goat meat was my protein of choice and I omitted ketchup. I used a combo of Thai chilis and habaneros with some bhut jolokia. This was deadly but delicious. Standing over the pan while cooking caused major reactions to eyes and sinuses. Major mouth burn, I mean SERIOUS mouth burn but no gut issues for me after. People are amazed that I can eat what I eat and feel fine while they're riding the porcelain bus for half the day. Lol! But it hurts so good! Thanks!!!! Btw, I hit all the ingredients except the meat with my immersion blender. I recommend serving this with cucumbers and mint in yoghurt to tame the heat beast, Basmati rice, and beer! Ghee or butter is better than oil for flavor.

paizleysun June 29, 2015

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