Author Archives: GoodKorma

Apple 2.0 – taste the next generation chutney

Read the blogs and cookbooks of the great Indian wordsmiths, and you often come back to a common theme: how their love of food started in earliest childhood. Plotting the course of the seasons, these writers evoke how the different … Continue reading

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The Daily Grind: promise me you’ll never, ever use pre-ground spice

If there is ONE THING that will lift your curry to the next level, it’s this: GRIND YOUR OWN SPICE!! I have used capitals, exclamation marks – the whole grammatical nine yards – to shout this truth from the rooftops. GRIND YOUR … Continue reading

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Your Asian Retailer: guide, translator and friend rolled into one

Alongside the author of your favourite Indian cookbook, the most important person in your curry journey is your local Asian Retailer. He (or she) is the person who’ll help you understand that Bengal gram, channa dal and kadalai parupu are … Continue reading

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Getting started

For almost all of us, Indian cuisine starts with eating someone else’s cooking – and wanting to cook your own. The good news is that there are tried and tested recipe books which will help you do just that. And … Continue reading

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The recipe for recipe books

If you’re reading this as a member of a foodie Asian family, then this post probably won’t make much sense. You KNOW how to make a great curry, and the recipes are in your DNA. You know your achar from … Continue reading

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Multi-country cookbooks

It’s a fact that – as a curry cook – you may want to surf across the cuisines of the Middle East and Asia to find the place where your palate says ‘wow’! If you do, then are some great … Continue reading

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The genius of curry harmony (and why Mozart can learn from every Indian chef)

In a recent Guardian feature (What does Europe mean to you?) opera director Kasper Holten gives a lovely definition of how different voices can blend into one harmonious experience: “The second act of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro ends with sheer genius: … Continue reading

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A curry journey

Every journey starts somewhere, and my ‘curry journey’ started in the checkout queue in Tesco, Brixton. The year was 1995, and I found myself on a solo shopping trip in Tesco, standing behind an elegant mother and daughter wearing saris, who were … Continue reading

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