Phaal is the spiciest, most killer Indian curry there is, say Chowhounds, in large doses almost guaranteed to cause gastrointestinal damage. If you find vindaloo preparations at all painful, treat phaal—sometimes spelled phall—with respect. It’s a dish that strikes even spice addicts as gratuitously spicy. Phaal is more about pain than flavor, says Miss Needle. “While I am addicted to spicy foods,” she says, “I have no addiction to phaal.” She advises even confirmed spice addicts to request a small side order of phaal sauce, rather than risk the edibility of an entire meal. “I’ll have to say that phaal is the most excruciatingly spicy concoction I’ve ever tasted,” says Miss Needle. “It’s not fun.”

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