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How does a British curry taste? Find out at Hyderabad festival

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 7:40am IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: dna

Hyderabad relived its glorious tradition of being a showcase of British culture, practices and of course its delicacies with ongoing ‘Taste of British curry festival’ in the city.

Hyderabad Nizam and his Nawabs had always displayed extraordinary taste for Persian and European   ‘gosht’  delicacies, array of sweets and juices and liquors and the Nizam palaces — Chiron palace and the Chow Mohalla palace — have separate banquet halls for hosting European British food festivals.

Park Hyatt Hyderabad and Curry Life Magazine are hosting a week-long Taste of Britain Curry Festival 2014 under the able stewardship of Michelin star chef, Dominic Chapman in all his flavorful grace with his team of culinary expert.

“We make authentic Indian curries with British flavours,” said Dominic Chapman, who popularised the curry concept all over the world, especially, in Britain. British chefs will bring a special twist with this festival to our age-old curries and more.

Indian cuisine, particularly its varied spices, meats, aromas and its lentils, is a fascinating world for any cook in the world and I am not an exception. I have only transformed it to local flavors and conditions in Europe and Britain, he says.

A team of the UK’s best chefs will be producing 80 dishes, many high-street favourites, including British Chicken Tikka Masala and Balti from June 12 till 21.

“The festival is an amalgamation of two very diverse cultures of Britain and India and served in most ultra modern cutlers to the deserving and seasoned to their taste buds,” says the festival founder and the editor of Curry Life, Syed Belal Ahmed.

The first day of the festival was all excitement with countless elite of Hyderabad, many of whom have their bearings in England and Europe. Lars Windfuhr, executive chef, Park Hyatt, Hyderabad, says that he was surprised at the interest shown by the local crowd at British twist in Indian cuisine.

Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, has also lent support to the festival, and says he is looking forward to the reaction the British chefs get. 

“Hyderabad is famous for its Biriyani so it will be interesting to see what the people of Hyderabad think of British twist,” he says. Food connoisseur, gourmand and expert in Hyderabad cuisine, Nawab Mehboob Alam Khan says that the festival was a nostalgic journey through bygone days when Mughal dishes were made for British palate.

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