Hot and spicy 'Kanthari' chilli – A must item in kitchen garden
Bird’s eye chilli or Kanthari Mulaku is an essential item for the vegetable garden of Malayalis. If one or two chilli plants are grown in the backyard, we can easily pluck chillies when needed. Bird’s eye chilli is inevitable for the hot and spicy Kerala cuisine.
While planting bird’s eye chilli, we have to keep some points in mind to ensure a good yield.
Do not add more quantity of ash in soil while planting chilli.
The spicier chilli is, the more medicinal it becomes. Add orangeberry (Paanal in Malayalam) leaves as fertilizer to increase spiciness.
Mulch with quick stick tree leaves to increase yield.
Add six-month old chicken manure to help plants flourish.
Proper irrigation required during summer.
When yield decreases, pluck a Ceylon slitwort (Thumba) plant and add in the bottom of the chilli plant and cover it with soil. Yield will double within two weeks.
Pour the water after washing rubber on the chilli plant to treat chilli wilt disease.
Add some rice flour while sowing chilli seeds to stop ants from taking the seeds.