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UK Curry Restaurants Feeing Let Down by Brexit

I read with interest the feelings of prominent leaders of the UK curry restaurant industry who believe their support for the Leave campaign has been betrayed.

Restaurants are facing closure as they are unable to recruit UK chefs with the required skills.  If they recruit from the subcontinent the current immigration requirements are that they need to guarantee an annual wage of £29,570 which is beyond many restaurants budgets.

The hope was that these requirements would be replaced by a points based immigration policy being introduced, similar to that operating in Australia.  This would pave the way for more Asian chefs to be able to obtain visas.

The Financial Times reports that Pasha Khandaker, president of the Bangladesh Caterers Association who campaigned heavily for the Leave campaign, was “very disappointed” by the government’s refusal to adopt this policy, despite it being a key proposal in the run up to the referendum.

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Save Money while you Eat with the Baburchi Loyalty Card!

I appreciate the loyalty of my regular customers and so I have decided to give them a reward with the first ever Baburchi Loyalty Card (BLC).

Starting on 1st January you are able to purchase a BLC for £40.00 or £20.00.  This can be immediately used to get 50% off your food and drinks bill to a maximum of £40.00 for four people or £20.00 for two people.

The real bonus, though, is that thereafter you can use your BLC to get 2 meals for the price of 1 or 4 for the price of two!  That’s eating in or takeaway.

The deal applies to main course dishes only with the cheapest dish free.  Buffet and set menus are not included.  Take a look at our website for the full terms and conditions. 

You can use the card throughout the year except on certain dates specified on our website.

So sometimes there is such a thing as a free lunch – or dinner if you prefer!

To sample Indian food at its best in Gloucester, visit Baburchi Cuisine.  Contact us on 01452 300615 or explore indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk  to view our eat in and take away menus. 

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Sweet Treats for Xmas!

In India there is a tradition of sweet making at Xmas.

It is a family affair and often all the women in an extended family will gather together to make sweets over a weekend or two.  Many of the treats originated in Goa and were subsequently adapted by other parts of the country.

Collectively known as kuswar, they include traditional fruitcakes and rose cookies.  Another favourite are kidiyo, which translates as “worms”.  Fortunately no actual worms are involved, just deep fried balls of dough covered with icing sugar.

Newrio are sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut, sesame seeds and palm sugar.  Other delights include banana chips, cardamom and cashew macaroons, and chaklis, a round deep fried savoury made with lentils.   

As with many things Indian, there is a broad cultural background to the sweets.  The fruitcakes, for example, resemble British plum puddings and even the traditional English Xmas pudding.  Rose cookies are of Dutch origin and many of the other treats are grounded in the cuisines of Portugal and France.

We at Baburchi Cuisine would like to offer you the compliments of the festive season.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk.  

 

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Flying Curry Chef Prepared to Korma Long Way!

I was amused to read of an unnamed curry-loving millionaire arranging for a chef to fly from Wales to North London to provide an Indian feast, a total of 160 miles.  That’s some take away!

Chef Mofur Miah is based in Wrexham but was flown from there with his pre-made tasty dishes to be re-cooked for the banquet.  The food supplied comprised:

•    Five chicken tikka biryanis
•    Five meat biryanis
•    Five Bombay aloo
•    Five saag aloo
•    Ten chapatis
•    An assortment of side dishes

He travelled with the food on an aircraft and re-cooked it on his arrival at the North London venue.

It is not the first time he has flown with his food.  He also caters for high-flying weddings on a converted aeroplane which is used for traditional Bangladeshi marriages.  Jokingly he and his colleagues refer to themselves as North Wales’ fourth Emergency Service!

We at Baburchi Cuisine are pleased to offer everything that appears on Mr Miah’s millionaire menu.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk

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The Korma Chamaeleon!

Here in the UK a korma curry is usually described as very mild and comes with a thick, rich sauce.  That is not the only way of serving this versatile type of curry, however, as it can adapt itself to different combinations in different circumstances.

The word korma is derived from kormah, a Hindu word meaning to braise which in turn comes from the Turkish kavurma which simply means cooked meat.  The dish in India can be traced back to the sixteenth century invasions by the Mughals.

Traditionally a korma dish consists of meat or vegetables that have been braised in water and stock, usually with yoghurt or cream added.  As is typical of many Indian dishes it is the combination of spices that give the dish its distinctive flavour.  Ground coriander and cumin are the main spices used.

The dish would have been cooked slowly in a pot over a low fire with charcoal put on top of the lid to ensure all-round heat.  Despite its mild reputation today in the UK, there is nothing to stop a korma from being spicy or fiery, providing the dish as braised as suggested.
An interesting vegetarian variation is the Navratan korma.  Navratan means nine gems and the dish traditionally incorporates nine different vegetables. 

We are pleased to offer various kormas on our extensive menu.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk

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