Graham Caldwell investigates Eastern Food.
It may be because ofour long, historical associations with India since the days of the Raj or the increase in immigration from the sub-continents, but the British have long been fond ofcurry. This is particularly true North of the border where a swift Vindaloo after a night in the pub is still a ritual for many. It is a shame that such exotic and painstakingly-prepared food should be regarded by so many simply as a way to mop up several pints of heavy, but it only serves to underline the misconceptions most folk have about Indian cuisine. To begin at the most basic— curry is
not a solely Indian creation. The term ‘curry’ or ‘kari’ translates
simply as ‘sauce’, hence anything cooked in sauce can be legitimately described as curry.
Each region has its own characteristic dishes. In the North are the Kashmiri and Punjabi styles ofcooking. They are the masters at meat dishes using much ghee (clarified butter) and yoghurt, but rice is not popular here.
The South of India is the opposite extreme. It is a largely Hindu area and vegetables and rice are the staple foods. It is also where the hottest Indian food is created with much use ofmustard oil and chillies. It is the home of the Vindaloo Most Indian restaurants in the West are run by East Indians and this is reflected in the food served. It is an area rich in sea and river food and fish is a staple part of the diet. The West of India is also known for its spicy food and for such delicacies as the Bombay Duck. This herring-sized fish is found in abundance in the seas around the city and its name comes from its strange habit of swimming on the surface of the water. When raw, it reputedly smells quite revolting, a trait which disappears when it is cooked.
All these different types of cuisine
are brought together in most Indian
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success. Indian restaurants, by and large, are run and designed to cater to a European clientele. The dishes served are more ornate and expensive than would be eaten by natives. In India most food served is far simpler in nature and content and the type of food we are served is deliberately tailored to our eating habits. Indians do not have the system of starters, main course and sweets which we do and tend to serve a mixture ofdishes rather than one main course. For all its
artificiality in this respect, it would be unwise and rather a shame to categorize curries as simply hot stews served with rice. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh and indeed all of Scotland, have many excellent restaurants serving everything from tongue-blistering Vindaloos to mild and creamy Kormas.
Glasgow is traditionally the popular home of Indian restaurants. Unfortunately Gibson Street is not now the home ofcurry it once was, since the hugely popular Koh-I-Noor fell down and removed to North Street. There are still several high quality Indian and Asian restaurants close to the city centre.
0 Shenaz 53 Berkeley Street, Glasgow (248 4804)
12noon—11.30pm, 7 days. (Sun open
0 Shlsh Mahal 45 Gibson Street (334 7899) 11.45am—l 1.30pm. 7 days.
0 Koh-l-Noor 235 North Street (204 1444) Noon—midnight (1am Fri and
0 Asha Vegetarian Restaurant 415 Sauchiehall Street. :
o Ashoka Tandoori 108 Elderslie i Street (221 1761).
In Edinburgh. so it is said. Indian Restaurants are more up-market than in Glasgow. Even if the capital is not so obviously a haven for fans of Indian food. there are still some recommended restaurants such as:
o Kalpna Vegetarian Restaurant 2/3 St Patrick's Square (667 9890) 12noon—2pm and 5.30—11pm. (Closed Sun).
0 Gandhi Tandoori 21 Union Place (556 1521) 12noon-2pm and 5pm—12.45am. 7 days.
0 Lancers Brasserie 5 Hamilton Place (332 3444) l2noon—2.3()pm and ; 5.30—11.3()pm. 7 days.
0 Shamiana 14a Brougham Street (229 5578) 12noon—2.30pm and : 6—11.30pm. (Sun 0an evening i only). 0 Ba] 89/91a Henderson Street (553 ; 3980) 12noon—2.30pm and ' 5—11.3()pm.
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