Indian chases world chili record

GUWAHATI, India, Feb 25, 2007 (AFP) – Spurred by a Guinness World Records nod to the local “ghost chili,” a woman from India’s northeast hopes to set a new record by eating a massive quantity of the world’s hottest pepper. Anandita Dutta Tamuly, a 26-year-old mother, is headed from Assam to London at the invitation of the record-noting institution to see how many Bhut Jolokia peppers, native to the state, she can eat at one sitting.

Tamuly, who hails from a remote village, believes she will have little trouble in beating the previous record, set by South African Anita Crafford, who ate eight jalapenos in a minute in 2002.

Tamuly is a lifelong devotee of the scorching Bhut Jolokia or ghost chili pepper, even though it is about 100 times as hot as a jalapeno.

“Such is the hotness of this chili that it can drive away the ghost and hence the name,” said Tamuly, who says she got hooked as a small girl when her mother smeared chili paste on her tongue to cure an infection.

“I have already created history on Indian television by munching 60 of the chilies in two minutes. I am more than confident of creating a record once I reach London.”

She is currently awaiting a British visa to make the trip, which the