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Why Not Try Something New?

I understand that many people like a certain dish and will order it every time they visit us.  However, why not try something new?

Here are some suggestions from our menu:

•Begum Bahar – a dish of tender marinated chicken pieces stir fried in a tasty combination of four chili spices, onion, garlic and coriander with mushrooms, aubergines, and a combination of peppers and minced lamb.  A truly wonderful taste sensation.

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Curries from Around the World!

I know that curry is usually accepted as a traditional Indian dish but it is also true that variations have been created for many years all around the world. 

Here’s a quick whistle stop tour of some of the worldwide types of curry:

•Burma.  Burmese chicken curry closely resembles a Punjabi style curry but is made without tomatoes or peppers.

•Ethiopia.  The Ethiopian curry is called wat and includes vegetables and any meat other than pork.

•Indonesia.  The famous national dish called rending is a dry curry, the type which has its sauce simmered down to a minimum.

•Japan.  Japanese curry was invented in 1912 and typically incorporates onions, carrots and potatoes.

•Malaysia.  Curries made in Malaysia involve use of traditional spices and ingredients such as chillies, coconut milk, garlic, ginger and turmeric.

•Nepal.  The Nepalese dish called masu is spiced or curried meat and gravy served up with rice.

•Sri Lanka.  There are three common types of curry; white, using coconut milk, red, incorporating plenty of chillies and black which is made with dark roasted spices. 

•Thailand.  They have numerous types of curry in Thailand including gold curry, green curry, jungle curry, khao soi, massaman curry, panang and red curry.

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Celebrate Pulses at Bristol’s Dal Festival!

 The British Dal Festival runs at a variety of venues throughout Bristol starting on 19th March and culminating on Sunday 25th March in a Grand Dal Finale.

Dal is a Hindu word meaning either a split pulse, such as lentil, bean, pea or other legume, or a soup or stew made with any type of pulse, whole or split.  Whilst the various dal dishes are traditionally the fare of the Indian sub-continent, the festival also celebrates pulse dishes from around the world, including Mexico’s refried beans, the fava dips of Greece and Britain’s own pease pudding and mushy peas.

 A number of events have been organised for the festival kicking off with a Dal Trail around the city.  Many restaurants and eateries have agreed to take part, offering their own signature dal dishes up for tasting.

At Bristol’s Farmers Market on Wednesday 21st March there will be a free ‘Its Dal-icious’ lunch offered in association with The Thali Cafe and community organisation 91 Ways.  Schools will be involved as well receiving educational packs prepared for them by Jenny Chandler, author of Pulse and the United Nations Pulse Ambassador for 2016.

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Ex-Pat’s 500 Mile Take Away!

I can sympathise with the plight of a group of ex-pat Brits living in the south of France, pining for a taste of the old country.  A good curry, in other words!

James Emery has decided to solve the problem by specially chartering a plane to fly food in from the Akash Indian restaurant in Southsea, Hampshire.

James explained that whenever he returns home he visits the restaurant.  “I have been a loyal customer of the Akash for close to 20 years”, he told the Metro newspaper.  “Every time I popped in for a meal I would complain about the bland and uninspiring version of Indian food we get in France.”

A plan was hatched and Mr Emery and restaurant manager Faz Ahmed have now teamed up with the Iroise Aero Formation, a professional flying school based in Brest.  Every Saturday a small plane will set off from Solent Airport, near Portsmouth, and flies 500 miles south to land at Saucats Airfield just south of Bordeaux. 

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Chicken Tikka Masala No Longer UK’s Number 1!

In the run up to National Curry Week at the end of last year I noted that a survey carried out by popular Indian beer brand, Kingfisher, had found that UK diners no longer chose chicken tikka masala as their favourite dish.

Despite holding the number 1 slot for many years, it has been toppled by the new people’s favourite; the much milder korma.  Nearly a fifth of those asked named a creamy korma as their number 1 choice ahead of the previous favourite with madras coming in third.

Other facts about our Indian dining habits were also revealed and it seems that as far as the British are concerned variety is definitely not the spice of life. 

The survey revealed that around one third of people always choose the same thing when ordering an Indian meal.  In addition nearly two thirds confessed they had never tried a vindaloo, one third has not eaten an onion bhaji and a quarter have yet to try a naan bread.

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