A South Asian Enigma

Eat Water’s 7 Calories Rice, Pasta and Noddle Range For 100g of rice to contain a mere 7 calories seems unbelievable. However, British food company Eat Water’s slim range of rice contains around 343 calories less than a normal 100g serving of rice. The Slim range has become the UK and Ireland’s best-selling low calorie […]

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Apr 09, 2014
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Review: Manju Malhi’s Easy Indian Cookbook

While there is a plethora of Indian cookbooks out there, you’ll never catch us complaining! As far as we’re concerned, every cookery book offers a wonderfully different take on Indian Cuisine, with some absolute recipe gems nestled within their pages. Manju Malhi’s Easy Indian Cookbook is no exception. Fit to burst with stunning images of […]

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Mar 21, 2014
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THE CHAAT! CURRY CHALLENGE: Mutter Paneer Recipe

In our latest issue of Chaat magazine, a few of our team members competed in a our all new Curry Challenge to find out is cooking a homemade Indian curry recipe is affordable. The task was to cook a meal for four people for under £4, in as quick a time as possible. See who won with […]

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Mar 19, 2014
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A Diabetic Diet

Health is an increasing concern in today’s society. We’re all told that we need to watch what we eat and not to eat too much, but what if eating more of certain foods can have a positive effect? In Britain alone, diabetes affects 1.88 million people. According to Zoe Gray of Z Nutrition, the condition […]

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Mar 13, 2014
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CHAAT! s GROW YOUR OWN CURRY CHALLENGE!

Be part of our homegrown challenge and share your pics with us! This year, we here at Chaat! Magazine are pulling our green fingers out and growing our own Indian curry recipe ingredients. As a curry magazine, it’s only fitting, but here’s the thing –  we’d like you to give it your best shot too! […]

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Mar 10, 2014
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Adil Ray on Citizen Khan

We asked Adil Ray, creator of Citizen Khan, if Mr Khan worked in a local Indian restaurant, which position would it be and why? “Chief Chicken Tikka Taster,” he told us. “He would park himself on a long table of ten and invite nine other men to have meetings about nothing. This would be a perfect job because he could […]

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Mar 06, 2014
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Is chai good for your health?

WORDS BY MEGAN EVANS The ancient Indian spice of chai is rooted deep in tales of royalty and healing herbal medicine. Indian chai is believed to nurse all manners of ailments and contribute to a complete, rounded and truly peaceful well-being. It is easy to see how this special spice blend has become associated with […]

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Feb 26, 2014
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Rise of the Chilli Vodka

WORDS BY MEGAN EVANS Vodka as a plain, distilled spirit can be boring and tasteless. In small amounts it adds no additional flavour to a drink, and too much can cause that distinctive facial expression you get when you bite into something sour. Flavoured vodka is the perfect solution. It creates a delicious-tasting spirit drink […]

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Feb 12, 2014
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Gregg Wallace on Valentine’s Day

Gregg the greengrocer tells Chaat! about his friendship with food, quality time with his children, and the secret to a perfectly romantic evening. The friendly cockney has a whole lot of love. INTERVIEW: MARIANNE VOYLE / PHOTOGRAPHY: CHARLOTTE KNEE Tell me about your  book, Life on a Plate. It’s a story of endeavour I think, […]

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Jan 27, 2014
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Is this the future of takeaway food?

“Anyone can cook!” according to fictional chef Gusteau in the loveable film Ratatouille. The film does of course have its flaws; rats can’t cook, and “the rat is the chef!” probably wouldn’t be anyone’s first logical conclusion, but who knew Disney and Pixar would tap into a potential UK food trend? Eatro, described as an […]

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Jan 24, 2014
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Best Curry Cookbooks of 2013

We take a look at last year’s recipe books and what makes them a must-read… Spice Odyssey, Paul Merrett “My only aim is to provoke inspiration and exploration, because those two qualities are always apparent in all of the world’s finest cooks.” Paul Merrett, in the introduction of Spice Odyssey, would encourage you not to […]

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Jan 14, 2014
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Interview with Ivor Peters & Rustler Recipe

THE URBAN RAJAH INTERVIEW BY MARIANNE VOYLE Having grown up in Britain with a rich family history of food and travel, author and traveller Ivor Peters wants not only to share his precious recipes and skills for authentic Indian dishes, but to inspire the sense of adventure, community and good deeds that come hand-in-hand with […]

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Dec 12, 2013
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Interview with Chris Ramsey

INTERVIEW BY ALEXANDER TAN You’re friends with Greg Davies and Al Murray. What’s the best piece of advice you received from fellow comedians? – The best piece of advice I have ever had was actually from Jason Cook, my mate and creator of Hebburn… He said “to get good at stand up you need to […]

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Dec 11, 2013
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Interview With Curry-loving Alan Davies

  Comedian Alan Davies has had a  diverse career, from playing characters as varied as the idiosyncratic Jonathan Creek to more serious roles in shows like Lewis. More recently, he has cemented himself firmly in the nations psyche as the loveable joker on hit panel show QI. C: Hi Alan, I bet you have some great curry stories to share with our […]

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Jul 30, 2013
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Rick Stein on India

With nearly 30 years in the public eye, seafood loving Rick Stein has seen it all. Born in Churchill, Oxfordshire to as he puts it, bonkers parents who loved to travel, in a way Rick was always predisposed to wander the globe. At the age of 19, a little disillusioned with private education and still […]

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Jul 30, 2013
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The employment issues eating away at today’s curry houses.

In 1810, the UK saw the opening of The Hindoostane Coffee House founded by Sake Dean Mahomed; the first Indian restaurant to arrive in the UK. Just over 200 years later, the same building stands in Westminster, proudly wearing a commemorative badge, and curry holds the title for the nation’s favourite dish. In an industry said to be worth billions, restaurants should be thriving […]

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Jul 30, 2013
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Is Food Fashionable?

LAZY BONES, THE recently launched restaurant in London Farringdon, serves up fancy fast food with a surrounding of quirky interior design. When a friend slumped down next to me with her ‘starter’, she was carrying a bag of sour cream and chive popcorn. What may have been confined to the walls of cinemas has emerged as a savoury restaurant snack, and popped corn […]

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Jul 30, 2013
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The New East India Company

The Company that helped shape Britain’s consumption and traditions is now reborn… WORDS BY MARIANNE VOYLE Hidden away from the bustle of London’s Regent Street is a grand store gleaming with rows of enticing, luxurious food and drink products from India. After 135 years of company inactivity, this store was opened in 2010 to continue […]

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Jul 30, 2013
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Interview with Charile Dimmock

So then, curries. Do they play a significant role in your life?  “Of course! My dad used to be at sea and a lot of the crew were Bangladeshi. He’d come home with big bags of spices which he’d keep under the stairs. He’d grind them all up when he was making a curry for friends. I really wanted to stay […]

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Jun 16, 2012
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Anjum Anand’s new book: “I Love Curry”

Okay, so this has been on the shelves since last year. But Chaat! hasn’t, and it’s such a great resource for all things curry, we just had to highlight it. So, if you’ve yet to sample Anjum’s simple-but-oh-so-sweet apple, orange and mint raita, or you’re a stranger to her wholesome herby chicken curry, now’s the time to tuck in. Authenticity is the name […]

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Jun 16, 2012
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