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National Curry Week 2016

Living in Tooting, we’re fortunate to be very close to a number of excellent local curry restaurants, although we do enjoy cooking curry at home. Over the past few years we’ve tried out a few curry ‘kits’, some of which include a few fresh ingredients, others which just include the spices, and they’ve always been really good. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that at university I used to buy the jar mixes of various curry sauces (hey, I was a student after all!) but I wouldn’t touch one any more, knowing how delicious the curries are that you can create with one of these kits.

Did you know that this week is National Curry Week here in the UK? To celebrate, the fab team at Kingfisher sent me a box of Kingfisher beers and a curry spice kit from Tyga, as well as some peanut sprinkles from The Cheeky Food Company. I was looking forward to cooking up a storm!

Kingfisher has always been my go-to beer when dining out for a curry. It’s India’s No.1 beer and is one of the country’s most heralded exports. Now brewed in Britain, Kingfisher beer can trace its roots all the way back to 1857 when Castle Breweries first started brewing in the city of Mysore. The sight of bullock carts carrying huge barrels of beer was a common sight. These carts wheeled their way to customers throughout the region as the brew became a favourite of all who tasted it, and in time, Castle Breweries joined forces with four competitors to form the company now known as United Breweries. Tim and I cracked open a bottle each while we were cooking – it’s perfect for drinking with and while preparing the food 😉

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We opened up the Tyga box to start cooking the curry and I was really impressed with the design and contents. Tyga provides subscription order spice boxes for various Indian dishes to allow for easy, efficient cooking of tasty traditional meals at home, which are delivered straight through your letterbox – you can find out more about them here. The box we received included the spices needed to create Chicken Chettinad, Lamb Dhansak, Cumin Potatoes and Mushroom Bhaji.

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Each dish served 4 people – in hindsight for the two of us, we should probably have made two dishes (one main and one side) but we were a bit adventurous and made the chicken dish and both side dishes, served with rice and naan bread. This ended up using a LOT of pots and pans and juggling lots of different timings, but it all worked out in the end.

Now my biggest concern with taking part in National Curry Week and cooking these dishes to share on the blog, is that firstly, the lighting is never particularly good for photos in the evening and secondly, many curry dishes can be quite ‘yellow’ and not the most exciting things to photograph. So please do forgive me if these aren’t the most inspiring photos, but I promise you they tasted absolutely great! The chicken chettinad had a superb kick to it, and you really could taste all of the different spices coming through in each of the dishes. The flavours were deep and complex, and it made me feel quite proud to have cooked something that tasted so authentic, even if I did have more than a little help from the team at Tyga 😉

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Will you be tucking into a yummy curry this week, either at home or out and about? Let me know in the comments!

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I was sent a box of Kingfisher beers, a curry recipe kit from Tyga, and peanut sprinkles from The Cheeky Food Company to participate in National Curry Week but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.

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