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Germans try to curry favour

I wish to write to you today, dear reader regarding the latest concept in Indian cuisine emanating, from of all places, Germany. I was recently invited by a public relations company I have had some dealings with, to the opening of a new restaurant. Apparently the successful German “dining concept” Dusseldorf Curry is branching out and coming to these shores. Of course, I’m sure you can understand my initial reaction to an “Indian Restaurant Dining Concept” being substantially underwhelming in nature, but as I happened to be at a loose end this particular evening, I decided, against my better judgement it has to be said to attend.

Now I am confident that you have been to an Indian restaurant before as they are the most visited of any type of restaurant in the United Kingdom (even though 90% of them are not, in fact, Indian but Bangladeshi). As a result,  you are no doubt very well acquainted with what one might come to expect from such an establishment. The piped Indian folk music sung by women with impossibly high voices, the velvet flocked wallpaper, the revolving chutney contraption with little buckets in which to immerse your poppadum. The small plate warmers with naked flames twinkling beneath a metal latticework, the bowls of spicy, hot and unctuous stews, the enormous naan breads, the multicoloured rice – I could go on but you already know all of this.

Well knowing “all of this” will not help you one jot should you venture to a Dusseldorf Curry House (or Haus – I’m not quite sure) as the whole curry eating experience we have come to know and, in many cases I’m sure, love has been dispensed with entirely. There is no familiarity to be had whatsoever and as such the whole thing does become a little disconcerting. The interior is very stark indeed, all white décor and furniture with hard angles everywhere.

I was greeted on entry by a robotic young man, dressed entirely in white. You wouldn’t consider white to be a sensible choice with regards anything related to curry, would you? No neither would I. The Android proceeded to show me to a seat in what can only be described as a holding pen. After a short time looking around feeling nervous you are interrupted by your “curry artist” who pulls up a small stool and begins to sketch your likeness. Meanwhile your “curry alchemist” approaches and begins making notes. No words are spoken.

After 15 minutes of this rather unsettling nonsense, the young robotic man returns and escorts you to your table. Please don’t expect to be offered a menu as, despite them serving restaurants well for millennia they have been completely eschewed by Dusseldorf Curry, you are just presented with your dish designed by the alchemist based on your appearance, and I assume a hunch. So far the only decent thing was the wine, a very expensive claret but again I was given no choice (although it was very agreeable and certainly to my palate so full marks to the alchemist on that score).

Eventually, my curry arrives. A rather disappointing amount served in an oversized white (naturally) bowl. There was single chapatti (square not round – how contrived!) and light blue rice (this time in a smaller white bowl). I’m afraid the curry tasted rather bitter which may just go to show what the alchemist thought of me, I don’t know. I left briskly and since the public relations company would settle the bill, did not look back.

Why mess with a winning formula? The whole venture smacks of trying just a little too hard and yet I hear the whole business goes down rather well with the Germans. There is no accounting for taste.

Do you ever yearn for an authentic curry but find you simply cannot summon up the energy required to take a venture into town and find a decent Indian restaurant? Well, it has certainly happened to me, and so I took steps to bring that authentic curry experience to me rather than me go to it. All that is really required is some stock of cold lager, a decent one pot curry recipe, some rice and an enormous naan bread, big enough to sleep under should you have too much of the first item on the list. Then all you need is the bowls and serving dishes only found in Indian restaurants. Stainless steel and shiny, they somehow contrive to make the curry look even more appetising and unctuous.

Well, luckily I have sourced a marvellous collection of Indian serving dishes for you. These delightful handcrafted traditional Karahi dishes come in Set of two and are so attractive they could even be used for ornamental purposes. They measure 6 inches across and hold 550ml, which is plenty even for the biggest of appetites. They have a heavy duty stainless steel interior with a beautiful hammered copper exterior. Could you think of a better gift for a 7th wedding anniversary?

Serving Bowl Karahi Indian Dishes Serveware Set Of...
  • SET OF 2 TRADITIONAL KARAHI BOWLS Traditionally used to serve biryani, curry & daal
  • AUTHENTIC INDIAN SERVING DISHES Handcrafted by artisans of North India; Measure 6"; Hold 550mL
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS Copper bowl exterior lined with heavy-duty stainless steel on the interior
  • DOUBLES AS ATTRACTIVE KITCHEN DECOR Gorgeous hammered copper finish makes these bowls showpieces
  • UNIQUE COPPER ANNIVERSARY GIFTS Delight a couple or a special lady for her 7th wedding anniversary

Karahi are Indian serving dishes that are conventionally used to serve biryani, curries and daal. These Indian serving dishes have wonderfully attractive handles on either side which make them easy to transport to the table and place in front of your guests. The exterior has a stunning hammered copper finish while the inside is non-tarnishing stainless steel, which will not alter the taste of your curry.

These beautiful Indian serving dishes are made by hand in India utilising methods that have been passed down through generations of metal workers.
Now you can present any sumptuous Indian meal n a distinctive way. With the Karahi Indian Serving Dishes, you could also bestow an excellent gift for that special couples seventh wedding anniversary, memorable and practical. These delightful, unusual objects come highly recommended.

May the wheels of good fortune follow in the tracks of your aspirations

Last update on 2018-02-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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