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Paddy Chilli October 17, 2010

Filed under: Organic Farming and Kitchen Garden — rajapanda @ 3:51 pm
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This is a variety of chilli which is famous in Orissa and Assam belt. We call it ‘dhana’ lanka in my mother tongue.

As you can see it’s hardly 1/5th in size of the typical chilli.

But, don’t go by it’s size, each of these chillies is as much hot as a normal sized chilli.

Chilli contains capsaicin, an alkaloid substance which makes it hot to taste. Did you know that there is a scale for measuring the spicy heat of the chilli? The scale is called scoville sacle . As you can see in the link, Naga/bhoot Jolokia (jalokia meaning pepper in assamese) from India is at the top of the table.

This variety of chilli is also a prolific producer and just 1-2 of this plant would make a family of 2 self sufficient for their chilli needs.
Take a look at the plant

Each week i have been getting a handful of harvest from this from plant, almost sufficient for my families needs.

I somewhere read that chilli plants in a kitchen garden will do well if they are kept close to a wall which receives sunlight because of the warmth they get from the wall. I think it works, as I have 2 chilli plants in pots in such location and they have been doing well since almost a year now. Also, chiili is a very hardy and low maintenance plant which makes it an absolute must in a kitchen garden. Do get in touch with me if you would like to have some seeds for chilli plant.

This weekend i have worked on setting up a drip irrigation system for my kitchen garden especially to take care of the watering needs for my garden when am not around for longer periods. Next post will be on that, stay tuned 🙂

In the meanwhile there is an announcement for people who have interest on permaculture. There is a course ‘Permaculture Design Course’ in Darjeeling from Nov 14-28th!
Please find attached these 2 documents giving more details on the same.
1. PERMACULTURE_form_2010-5
2. NovPDC_Darj


27 Responses to “Paddy Chilli”

  1. asha Says:

    Thanks for this interesting post. I think this is what we call ‘kanthari’ in malayalam.. its soooo spicy! The chilli plant with all those red chillies look quite ornamental too 🙂
    Looking forward to the drip irrigation post. Something I have been thinking of recently. Hope you will also include where one sources all the stuff needed too.

  2. GoodEarth Says:

    Yes, i too think this is what we call ‘kanthari milagu’ 🙂 i got a sapling of this plant from my hometown and am currently growing it. poor sunlight in my balcony is a cause of concern… but am still giving it a try.

    eagerly awaiting your next post on the drip system!

  3. K.N.Malathi Says:

    Very nice. Where can I get some seeds / plants of this variety in B’lore ?
    I have not been very sucessful growing chillies . I grow thwm on my terrace which gets full sun. Any tips for me??


    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Malathi,

      Not sure where you can get the seeds, but surely you can get it from me.
      It should do well in a open sun, but am not sure what else could causing it to not do well.


  4. Romilla Says:

    I would like some seed , please

  5. Vidula Says:

    Hi Raja,
    this is vidula from mumbai. i am a part of urban leaves ( here. i had heard about these chillies from my colleague who is from Assam. where i can get the seeds?

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Vidula,

      Nice to hear from you. Am not sure where you can get these seeds in shops. But you can mail me your address mail – rajpanda (at) and i can send few seeds to you.


  6. sarithaot Says:

    we met during organic gardening seminar…nice to see u blog after a long gap….yes it is called kanthari in malayalam…i have heard that it reduces cholestrol i am not sure how far it is true….

    • rajapanda Says:

      hi Sarita,

      Nice to hear from you. yah hopefully i’ll be more regular from now on 🙂
      I even heard that its very effective against common cold if taken raw.
      But it requires real gut to take it raw 😉


  7. Vidula Says:

    Hi Raja,
    I have mailed you at your gmail address..
    awaiting your reply

    • rajapanda Says:

      hi Vidula,

      Haven’t got the mail with your address. Can you please re-send.
      I have one more request from Mumbai from Mavis, let me know if you can collect it from her.


  8. Vidula Says:

    yes, i can collect it from Mavis.

    but, did you get my mail?

  9. sumathy Says:

    Hi Raj,

    Nice to see your post after a looong time:-). I too have a little ‘Kandhari’ from Kerala planning to sow it soon. Do preserve some seeds for me too, would like to have an Orrisa variety too. Yes, will keep some kerala variety for you too:-).

    Looking forward to your next post about drip system.


  10. kanak7 Says:

    Hi Raj, this is a much-loved chilli. In Assam it’s called Con Jolokia. We also preserve it in mustard oil with a few cloves of garlic. The oil is deliciously hot! Your plant is doing really well!

  11. Charles Marion Says:

    I would like to get planting instructions for the dhana’ lanka peppers and some seeds for my father-in-law who lives in Germany and grows many types of peppers himself but has never seen this variety. Could you send the seeds directly to him in Germany?

    Thanks for such an informative blog

  12. Revathi Says:

    Hi Raj

    I saw in one of your posts that OP seed packets are available from Sahaja Samruddha – are they Indian varieties? If paddy chilly is OP I would like some seeds too!! Initially I wasn’t interested, since I don’t take spicy food, but this is for my friend. I am interested in Indian varieties of Brinjal and chilly. Would it be possible for you to get these seeds and send it to me in Gurgaon if I bear all costs? Please email me. Thanks in advance


  13. Dr.Rakesh B.Gupta Says:

    Dear Raj
    intresting to not about the Chilli variety of Dhana Lanka, and beautifull tip to grow successfully in kitchen garden. It grows well in containers with seaweed extract organically with its full strength of capsaicin. Again I would like to request you can you please send me few seeds of ethnic varieties of chillies in your possession e.g. bhoot /naga jolokia (Assam), Dhana Lanka ? my address 72/131MANSAROVER,JAIPUR (RAJASTHAN) 302 020. I can send any ethnic variety of seeds from Rajasthan,UP,Haryana if you require.

  14. Samhiti Says:

    Hi Raj,

    Can i get some of the seeds too?? It looks amazing..nice article..:-)

  15. chandrashekar Says:

    please can anyone have the paddy chili seeds, please provide me 1 to 5 gms of this seeds, since i am cultivating natural farming, after growing, i can distribute this variety to others, my contact details, Chandrashekar, Mob No. 09945302013

  16. organics Says:

    No matter if some one searches for his essential thing, therefore he/she needs to be available that in detail, so that thing is
    maintained over here.

  17. farsi Says:

    Read ur blog.liked it.from so many yrs i wanted to start my organic kitchen garden.but its not happening.i dnt knw much abt gardening.but now really wanted to start.can u guide me how.

  18. Bharath Says:

    Hey nice work.. I got my first organic seed here..

  19. sujatha srinath Says:

    Wonderful blogs.informative about the courses conducted by the govt.will try to see if any available Keep posting.helps a lot

  20. Hello Raja, Bhai Where can I find the seed for the same – Dhana Lanka, Its about childhood memories. Please guide. I am searching this for a long period. But no luck yet

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