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Lifestyle : Taste of India
1HERSA1 E020 AG2440577AA-051010 Dine In Quick Takeaways Free Home Deliveries Fully Licenced BYO Wines Only Caterings 9420 3876 5/79-83, Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW Banquet Dinner Special Sunday to Wednesday from 5:30pm onwards (2 courses) $25 per person (non-seafood) $29 per person (with seafood) Choose any 1 entree and any 2 mains from our a la carte menu (mains are served with rice, lentils, naan bread, pappadums and pickles) You'll also receive a complimentary glass of house wine per person. Present this ad to redeem this offer. Shop 5/540, Sydney Rd, Seaforth 9949 3641 www.bijolias.com.au Takeaway available Open Hours: Monday - Saturday | 5pm onward | Closed Sunday Functions and Parties Contact firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com Bijolias Indian, has emerged as a restaurant, which strives to exceed its own expectations through persistence & determination. Through an amalgamation of an exquisite cuisine & intricate presentations, our staff & chef prioritise each individual as if they were our first. TASTE OF INDIA A beautifully presented restaurant in the heart of the suburb of Double Bay for 24 years. Think delicious aromas, sensational spices and stylish surrounding and you will dream up Taste of India in Double Bay. We cater all types of events including: Christmas parties (big or small), outdoor or indoor functions, corporate or office functions, birthdays, weddings, parties & cocktail parties Ph: (02) 9327 5712 (02) 9363 2965 | www.tasteofindia.com.au Visit us: 370 New South Head Road Double Bay NSW 2028 • Free Home Delivery (over $30) • Licensed & BYO (bottled wine only) • Open for dinner 7 nights • Outdoor catering and functions 5 star catering at its best... we offer a complete solution for all your function needs, call Billu on 0411 857 799 Billu s Indian Eatery & Sweet House 62-64 Wigram St Harris Park Ph: 9687 7785 Billu s Snack & Tea House Pure vegetarian Gujarati Food 12 Station St Harris Park Ph: 9613 0267 Billu s @ Epping 63 Beecroft Rd Epping Ph: 9876 8522 Billu's Group of Restaurants 20 Tuesday, October 5, 2010 smh.com.au good living taste of india special report Secrets of the spices Daily grind . . . Sunil Ranasinghe hand-roasts his spices. Photo: Steven Siewert Forget about heat --- layering flavours and timing are the paths to perfection, writes Carli Ratcliff. Sunil Ranasinghe is both restaurateur and spice merchant. He established his restaurant, Sunil's Cuisine, in Lidcombe in the mid- 1990s, later moving to Thornleigh where he also opened a spice shop. The local Indian and Sri Lankan residents shop there for spices, pulses and rice. ''Many people are too busy to make their own spice mixes,'' Ranasinghe says. ''So, I do it for them, blending and roasting by hand.'' His signature roasted curry powder is a best seller. Roasted over low heat for several hours, it's a secret recipe. Together with store manager and spice expert, Andrew Pakiyanayagam, Ranasinghe works to educate customers, offering advice on spice blending and matching. ''Spice is about the layering of flavours, not about heat,'' Ranasinghe says. ''That is the most difficult thing for people to understand.'' The chef and owner of Nilgiri's in St Leonards, Ajoy Josh, agrees that knowing how to use spice is key to Indian cooking. ''The overarching philosophy of Indian food is related to spice,'' Josh says. ''It is all about when to add spice and how to add spice.'' It is not about following recipes to the letter, he adds. ''When I was an apprentice chef in Delhi, my mentor said to me, 'son, if you learn how much ginger, garlic and tomatoes to add, you learn one recipe. If you learn why, how and when to add spice, you learn how to cook.''' The chef and owner of Universal restaurant in Darlinghurst, Christine Manfield, says timing is everything. ''Cooking with local chefs and home cooks in India, you absorb the methodology and witness their timing,'' Manfield says. ''Using spice is instinctive for these cooks, it's absolutely second nature.'' Manfield buys the spices for her restaurant from Ian (Herbie) Hemphill in Rozelle, and occasionally brings some of her favourites home from trips to India. ''If I find something really special then I might bring home a small quantity,'' she says. ''Fresh fennel seeds from a spice farm, or just harvested cardamom -- sometimes customs are kind enough to let them in.'' WHERE TO BUY SPICES Sunil's Spice Centre Shop 2, 4 Station Street, Thornleigh, 9484 8241 Herbie's Spices 745 Darling Street, Rozelle, 9555 6035 Sydney Food Mart 32 Oxford St, Epping, 9868 4786 Spices of Asia Shop 2, 139 Longueville Road, Lane Cove, 9418 8684 Indian House Level 1, 58 Neridah St, Chatswood, 9412 4629 Indian and Pacific Market 30b The Crescent, Homebush, 9746 7169 Valleyview Continental Groceries & Spices Shop 40, Compass Centre, 83 North Terrace, Bankstown, 9790 0465
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