It was a pleasure seeing Debbie McGee again, after one of my customers wrote in to tell her about our business, our food and in particular our takeaway service. The staff at Radio Berkshire are really friendly and made the whole experience an absolute delight.
Debbie happily tucked into the chapattis and beans I had taken in for her, along with some rice and pork in tamarind sauce. There is a definite skill in trying to play tracks, news, weather, tucking into some food and then interviewing in the bits in between.
We discussed the variety of food from the various regions of India and the misconception that 'curry is unhealthy'. Of course it's true that all food in excess is harmful and India's increasing wealth and Indian restaurants in the West are compromising many of the health benefits of Indian food.
Traditional Indian food packed full of medicinal herbs and spices, if cooked the right way can be very satisfying without the calories piling on. The range of protein packed pulses make it an ideal part of a vegan or vegetarian diet and many Indian foods are gluten free. Most Indians grow up knowing that ginger is great for nausea and colds, ajwenne and fennel are fabulous digestive spices and turmeric is antibiotic as well as soothing burns.
This is what we want to bring to you; a healthier wholesome curry that gives you plenty of flavour without the sugary creamy sauces adapted for British-Indian restaurants.