World's hottest Easter Egg
What a cracking good idea…
A Surrey restaurant has created the world’s first ‘Easter’ egg…for Hindus.
The “Vishneaster Egg” is made with curry-flavoured chocolate and is described as a “culinary celebration of east meets west”.
Inside the shell are “tiny scrolls” containing sacred texts from both the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures, and from the Bible.
And its centre is also filled with chocolate gold coins and other auspicious items associated with the world’s third-largest religion.
It was developed by local restaurateur Asad Khan in order to make the traditional Western egg a more inclusive, “interreligious treat”.
The £29.99 egg goes on sale tomorrow at India Dining in Warlingham to mark the arrival of Easter and the annual Hindu festival of Vishu.
Khan said: “The Vishneaster Egg, a play on words, was born from a desire to celebrate and to unite, at least temporarily, two of the world’s largest religions and two of their biggest festivals.
“Vishu and Easter may vary in terms of spiritual context. But both are celebrated in April with an exchange of gifts and with a feast.
“I wanted to add an interreligious treat to our menu which British Hindus and British Christians can both enjoy.”
The egg, which took six weeks to perfect, is a mix of Indian spices, sea salt, mango and dark chocolate.
These ingredients are said to signify the essence of the ‘Sadya’ – a feast of salty, sweet, sour and bitter foods.
Its contents - gold coins and nuts – are items considered by Hindus to represent prosperity, and which feature in the Vishu festival.
The Vedic scripture, “You must learn to endure fleeting things – they come and go!” and the Biblical verse, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil” are written on scrolls, also placed within the egg’s shell.
Customer Meena Williams, originally from the southern Indian state of Kerala, said: “This is a brilliant idea, and I’m very much looking forward to trying it.”
The Vishneaster Egg is not India Dining’s first venture into Easter treats.
In 2013, the restaurant created the world’s hottest Easter egg — which packs the equivalent punch of 400 bottles of TOBASCO sauce..
The “Not for Bunnies” chocolate egg, which retails for £49.95, contains three of the hottest known chillies and registers a volcanic 1million on the Scoville scale.
It is so hot that diners must wear protective gloves, and sign a legal disclaimer to prove they are over the age of 18 and of “sound mind and judgement”.
If you feel you can handle the heat then why place your order here?