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What’s a Curry?

The British while in India cultivated a taste for spices. Upon their return home they attempted to create those exotic flavours that they loved in India. The result was ‘curry powder’! The word ‘curry’ is...

Spice Tips

Spices originate from plants and are strongly flavoured or aromatic. Used as condiments, they have been highly prized, since ancient times for their medicinal, preservative and cosmetic uses. India produces high-quality spices. At least one...
Eating with your hands by Rakehee Chandra-Smyth

Mind Your Manners: Eating With Your Hands

Eat with Your Hands was the title of a book by a New York chef and the subject of an article in January 2012 in the New York Times. It got me thinking. In many...
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Review: India Cookbook + 3 tried and tested recipes

No other cuisine frightens me more in the kitchen than Indian food. Don't get me wrong, I love eating it, but preparing it from scratch is a whole other thing! So, I've been putting off...
Vasandha-Bhavan, Homebush

Vasandha Bhavan

When an Indian restaurant gets the nod of approval from a local Indian resident, it's a must try. Today, Betty excitedly lets me know that Vasandha Bhavan is a restaurant her Indian friend would...
Kammadhenu, Newtown

Kammadhenu

Kammadhenu has a menu which satisfies many Asian tastebuds. They have vast options available, categorically split by starters, curries, vegetarian, goat, egg, lamb, beef, chicken, seafood, rice/noodle, kothu roti, hoppers, breads, desserts and extras!...
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Nora and Yaz’s Bangladesh-style wedding feast

The Bengali wedding consists of a series of sophisticated celebrations, including the bride's holud ceremony (sort of like the bridal shower), which I had attended 2 weeks ago. The wedding reception of course was...
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What to expect at a gaye holud (part of Bengali wedding celebrations)

Nora's holud was held 2 weeks before the wedding ceremony (which was last night; watch this space!). It was my first sneak peak into the elaborate celebrations of the Bengali culture. I have put...

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