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UK Curry Restaurants Feeing Let Down by Brexit

I read with interest the feelings of prominent leaders of the UK curry restaurant industry who believe their support for the Leave campaign has been betrayed.

Restaurants are facing closure as they are unable to recruit UK chefs with the required skills.  If they recruit from the subcontinent the current immigration requirements are that they need to guarantee an annual wage of £29,570 which is beyond many restaurants budgets.

The hope was that these requirements would be replaced by a points based immigration policy being introduced, similar to that operating in Australia.  This would pave the way for more Asian chefs to be able to obtain visas.

The Financial Times reports that Pasha Khandaker, president of the Bangladesh Caterers Association who campaigned heavily for the Leave campaign, was “very disappointed” by the government’s refusal to adopt this policy, despite it being a key proposal in the run up to the referendum.


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Save Money while you Eat with the Baburchi Loyalty Card!

I appreciate the loyalty of my regular customers and so I have decided to give them a reward with the first ever Baburchi Loyalty Card (BLC).

Starting on 1st January you are able to purchase a BLC for £40.00 or £20.00.  This can be immediately used to get 50% off your food and drinks bill to a maximum of £40.00 for four people or £20.00 for two people.

The real bonus, though, is that thereafter you can use your BLC to get 2 meals for the price of 1 or 4 for the price of two!  That’s eating in or takeaway.

The deal applies to main course dishes only with the cheapest dish free.  Buffet and set menus are not included.  Take a look at our website for the full terms and conditions. 

You can use the card throughout the year except on certain dates specified on our website.

So sometimes there is such a thing as a free lunch – or dinner if you prefer!

To sample Indian food at its best in Gloucester, visit Baburchi Cuisine.  Contact us on 01452 300615 or explore  to view our eat in and take away menus. 


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Sweet Treats for Xmas!

In India there is a tradition of sweet making at Xmas.

It is a family affair and often all the women in an extended family will gather together to make sweets over a weekend or two.  Many of the treats originated in Goa and were subsequently adapted by other parts of the country.

Collectively known as kuswar, they include traditional fruitcakes and rose cookies.  Another favourite are kidiyo, which translates as “worms”.  Fortunately no actual worms are involved, just deep fried balls of dough covered with icing sugar.

Newrio are sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut, sesame seeds and palm sugar.  Other delights include banana chips, cardamom and cashew macaroons, and chaklis, a round deep fried savoury made with lentils.   

As with many things Indian, there is a broad cultural background to the sweets.  The fruitcakes, for example, resemble British plum puddings and even the traditional English Xmas pudding.  Rose cookies are of Dutch origin and many of the other treats are grounded in the cuisines of Portugal and France.

We at Baburchi Cuisine would like to offer you the compliments of the festive season.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at  



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Flying Curry Chef Prepared to Korma Long Way!

I was amused to read of an unnamed curry-loving millionaire arranging for a chef to fly from Wales to North London to provide an Indian feast, a total of 160 miles.  That’s some take away!

Chef Mofur Miah is based in Wrexham but was flown from there with his pre-made tasty dishes to be re-cooked for the banquet.  The food supplied comprised:

•    Five chicken tikka biryanis
•    Five meat biryanis
•    Five Bombay aloo
•    Five saag aloo
•    Ten chapatis
•    An assortment of side dishes

He travelled with the food on an aircraft and re-cooked it on his arrival at the North London venue.

It is not the first time he has flown with his food.  He also caters for high-flying weddings on a converted aeroplane which is used for traditional Bangladeshi marriages.  Jokingly he and his colleagues refer to themselves as North Wales’ fourth Emergency Service!

We at Baburchi Cuisine are pleased to offer everything that appears on Mr Miah’s millionaire menu.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at


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The Korma Chamaeleon!

Here in the UK a korma curry is usually described as very mild and comes with a thick, rich sauce.  That is not the only way of serving this versatile type of curry, however, as it can adapt itself to different combinations in different circumstances.

The word korma is derived from kormah, a Hindu word meaning to braise which in turn comes from the Turkish kavurma which simply means cooked meat.  The dish in India can be traced back to the sixteenth century invasions by the Mughals.

Traditionally a korma dish consists of meat or vegetables that have been braised in water and stock, usually with yoghurt or cream added.  As is typical of many Indian dishes it is the combination of spices that give the dish its distinctive flavour.  Ground coriander and cumin are the main spices used.

The dish would have been cooked slowly in a pot over a low fire with charcoal put on top of the lid to ensure all-round heat.  Despite its mild reputation today in the UK, there is nothing to stop a korma from being spicy or fiery, providing the dish as braised as suggested.
An interesting vegetarian variation is the Navratan korma.  Navratan means nine gems and the dish traditionally incorporates nine different vegetables. 

We are pleased to offer various kormas on our extensive menu.  For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at


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Celebrate National Curry Week!

Did you know that National Curry Week is fast approaching?  

This year’s events run from 10th to 16th October.  National Curry Week originated in 1998 and aims to promote curry while raising funds for various charities concerned primarily with battling hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

During the week people are encouraged to visit their local curry houses or partake of the dish at home, whilst engaging with fun challenges and events, and making donations.  Asda have been announced as the lead sponsor and official retailer for the 2016 campaign.

Events arranged include a world record attempt at constructing a tower of poppadums, samosa and poppadum speed eating contests and the Great British Curry Quiz

Some people are so excited by the idea that they challenge themselves to eat a different type of curry each day!  While that won’t suit everyone, I would encourage you to take the opportunity to try a new dish – you might surprise yourself!

For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at  



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The Vegetarian Option!

I am especially proud of the diversity of the vegetarian dishes we offer on our menu.

There has always been a wide variety of vegetarian dishes in India and trade over the centuries encouraged this to increase.  It was only when the Portuguese came, for example, that potatoes and chillies were added to our culinary repertoires. 

Here are just a few of the vegetarian specialities we offer:  

•Madras Vegetable Smaba – this comprises a selection of mixed vegetables cooked with lentils, fenugreek, coriander and a selection of spices.  It is sweet and sour and fairly hot to taste.

•Shabji Jafroni – a much milder dish, this features mixed vegetables cooked in Chef’s own special sauce, an enticing blend of spices, almond and lemon.  It does contain nuts.

•Aloo Begun Balti – a delightful mix of aubergines and potatoes cooked in Chef’s selection of fresh herbs and Balti spices.  Served up for you in a Balti dish.

•Shobji Bhar Poneer – at the request of our customers we use Cheddar cheese rather than the traditional Indian Poneer cheese.  Mixed vegetables are cooked together with fresh herbs, spices and the cheese.

•Shobji Bhar Tatul – the vegetables are cooked in a tasty chilli and tamarind sauce, together with onions, peppers and pickled chilli.  The result is a sweet and sour delight.  

We don’t just serve vegetarian dishes, of course.  You can explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at or give us a call on 01452 300615.  



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Bhindi It Like Beckham!

An Indian restaurant in the Longsight district of Manchester was recently surprised by a late night visit from none other than England football legend David Beckham.

Becks had been to the Stone Roses concert at the nearby Etihad Stadium with his seventeen year old son, Brooklyn.  Following the gig they and their chums felt peckish so popped in to the Paradise restaurant.

They didn’t arrive until nearly 1:00am but all the staff were happy to serve them a selection of curries and poppadoms.  The former England captain spent half an hour there and was happy to pose for photos with staff and later with fans outside the restaurant.

If Becks ever ends up in Gloucester he will find that Baburchi Cuisine is one of the best modern Indian eating experiences available in the city.  Give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore  to view our eat in and take away menus.  



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Why Not Try an Indian Wine?

Looking for something a bit different to accompany your Indian take away?  Why not try a bottle of Indian wine.

Fiona Beckett, the wine writer for The Guardian, recently reported on a wine tasting organised for the launch of a new book called The Wines of India: A Concise Guide by Peter Csizmadia-Honigh.

Of the reds she tried, she was most impressed with Misfit 2013 from Myra Vineyard which she described as a “really gorgeous blend of cabernet and shiraz”.  It is from the Karnataka region, one of the premier wine growing areas in India, and will shortly be available from Premia Wines.


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220 Year Old UK Cookbook Contains Curry Recipe!

A recipe for chicken curry has been found in an English cookbook dating back over 200 years, proving our obsession with the dish.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported the find of the handwritten recipe with ingredients including chicken, rice powder, curry powder and veal gravy.  It is one of 142 recipes in the book created by a cook at Begbrook House near Bristol in 1793.

The cookbook came to light when it was found by monks in a donation of a book collection to Downside Abbey at Radstock in Somerset.  It is believed to be a working kitchen cookbook, rather than one used for meals for special occasions.


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Duchess of Cambridge Ducks Duke’s Dosa!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting India this month and recently attended a business meeting in Mumbai with a group of young entrepreneurs.

They were shown a ‘dosamatic’, a new machine capable of making dosas, pancakes and even omelettes invented by a company from Bangalore.  Prince William wanted to have a go and so was shown how to pour the batter onto the machine’s hotplate.

Once it was cooked, he successfully rolled it and took a tentative bite.  “Delicious”, he is reported as saying.


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The Different Breeds of Bread!

One of the joys of Indian food is the different varieties of flatbread that are served as an accompaniment.  Here is a brief run down on some of the more popular ones:

•Chapati – an unleavened flatbread, also known as roti.

Naan or Nan – oven baked leavened flatbread.

Papdum – thin and crisp, made from fried, seasoned dough.

•Paratha – pan fried unleavened flatbread that is crispy and flaky.

•Poori – pan fried unleavened flatbread.


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Indian Vegetarian Food – a Taste of Tradition!

There are many reasons for adopting a vegetarian diet.  Some people oppose eating meat because of their respect for sentient life.  This can be a result of religious beliefs or respect for animal rights.  Others adopt vegetarianism for health, political or economic reasons or simply for personal preference.

The earliest records of vegetarianism come from the 7th Century BCE Indus Valley Civilisation, based around the Indus River which flowed through northwest India and eastern Pakistan.  The Indus Valley Civilisation was acknowledged as one of the three major ancient civilisations, alongside Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.


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Flood Relief – Curries to Cumbria!

The north of Britain and Scotland were hit by devastating flooding over the holiday period.  The good news has been the way people have rallied round to assist those most badly affected, effectively rebutting the myth of broken Britain.

Much of the support came from the local community but aid was forthcoming from all over the country. 


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Made in the UK - Indian Food Record Breakers!

No doubt some of you will be receiving the traditional Xmas gift of the latest edition of The Guinness Book of Records.  Here are a few concerning Indian food:

Largest Naan Bread - the largest naan bread in the world was created in July this year.  A team of firefighters got together with two local restaurants in Hampshire to create a naan 3.79m long and 1.4m wide.  It weighed a whopping 26kg.

Highest Poppadom Stack – Manchester curry chef Nahim Aslam put together the largest stack of poppadoms at the Indian Ocean restaurant in March 2011.  It was measured at 1.57m tall and contained no fewer than 1,075 poppadoms.


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Celebs Love Their Curries!

You and I really enjoy our Indian food but did you know that a number of top celebrities do too?  And I am talking mega stars here!  Plus David Cameron.

·         Lady Gaga – the pop icon has gone on record saying she loves Indian food so much that she “could go into an Indian food coma”.  We are still trying to find out if she recycled the meat from her infamous dress for a biriyani.

·         Tom Cruise – Tom was spotted in the Veer Dhara Restaurant in St Albans when he was in the UK a couple of years back filming  All You Need Is Kill.  Embarrassingly, he only had US dollars and an American Express card on him, neither of which the restaurant were able to accept as payment for the £220 bill.  Luckily a member of his team was able to pay and left a very generous £80 tip!


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Camerons Enjoy Their Curry While They Still Can

Camerons Enjoy Their Curry While They Still Can 

David Cameron and his wife Samantha took a break from the recent Tory Conference to enjoy and Indian meal in a south Manchester restaurant where they sampled chicken Balti and chicken korai.  Government policy may make such meals somewhat harder to find in the future, however.    

An unfortunate side effect of the current furore about immigration is that there is now a shortage of Asian chefs in the UK and the Indian restaurant industry is especially hard hit.


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The Spices of Life

The differing climates of the Indian subcontinent have led a variety of spices being grown.  In addition, many spices have been imported and are now part of the Indian culinary range.

Spices in Indian cooking are primarily to add flavour, not heat, and result in some wonderfully aromatic dishes.  Each spice has its own unique flavour but can also be combined with other spices to excellent effect.  Many spices also have medicinal or health benefits.


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How “Indian” is our Indian Food?

Most people know that the ever-popular chicken tikka masala served up in many Indian restaurants actually originated here in Britain.  However, did you also realise that these are not original Indian foods?

Samosa.  Bite into the tasty flaky pastry and taste the meat or vegetable filling and you would think this is the ultimate Indian speciality.  You’d be wrong, though, as it originates in Persia and was brought into India by Persian traders in the Middle Ages.


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Spicing Up or Cooling Down Curries!

The versatile dish that is a curry can cater for all tastes.  Let’s face it, we do not all like the same thing; some prefer something tasty and flavoursome while some like it hot.  Whatever your personal preference, you can make a dish hotter or cooler by employing these simple suggestions:

Never Too Hot!

•It is chilli that usually gives a curry it’s heat, be it crushed, dried, powdered or whole.  If you’d like it hotter, add more chilli.