Simply Spiced: How to make Mallika Basu’s boozy chilli chocolate pots

In the Standard’s new Simply Spiced, each fortnight food writer Mallika Basu will create a recipe centring around a specific spice. In the second instalment, Mallika uses chilli to make a chocolate dessert with a twist.

Chilli powder is the fiery warlord of the spice world. It adds robust heat or a gentle back-of-the-mouth kick, but not necessarily colour to a dish, depending upon what other ingredients feature with it. Native to Mexico, chillies were introduced to India by the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama and the rest is history.

There are many kinds of chillies, the heat of which are measured on the Scoville Scale, and you can buy them in packs in mild, hot, and extra hot versions. Just use a little and work your way upwards to the heat level that you can best tolerate.

By way of a side note, cayenne is just a kind of chilli pepper and slightly lower in heat than regular chilli powder. Importantly, dairy contains a protein called casein, which helps put out flames caused by chillies. So if you feel the burn, drink milk or tuck into some yoghurt to help you along!

Boozy Chilli Chocolate Pots

(Rob Le Mare)

Serves 4

Dark chocolate and chilli powder are natural bedfellows in this luscious dessert that takes minutes to make and delivers a gentle delayed kick. You could pour smaller quantities into bowls and feed up to six.

Just remember it takes up to six hours to set.


  • 200gm dark chocolate, roughly broken
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • 300ml single cream
  • 2 tbsp rum or brandy
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp icing sugar


Melt the dark chocolate in a glass or metal bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water and mix in the chilli powder. When melted, take off the pan and stir through the single cream, booze of your choice, egg yolk and sugar until well combined. If you find the mixture going grainy, just place back on the saucepan and mix vigorously.

Pour into little ramekins or bowls and chilli until set. Serve dusted with icing sugar, sprinkle of chilli powder or flakes and scraped chocolate.

You can find more of Mallika Basu’s ‘Simply Spiced’ recipes here and follow her on InstagramTwitter and YouTube


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