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The Raj has had a far-reaching effect on the British way of life, even if it's rather different from the one originally envisaged. The Nabobs can never have thought they were building a homeland whose cornerstones would be tea, kedgeree and the lager-vindaloo diet. The Brits, genetically programmed to be suspicious of unfamiliar foodstuffs, would still be languishing in Brown Windsor Hell if it weren't for the Indian sub-continent: our array of foreign eateries can be traced back to chips with curry sauce.


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A specialist food shop in Florida is advertising on the internet its range of British epicurean delights: Crosse and Blackwell's Branston pickle, Peek Frean's rich tea biscuits, Bird's custard powder, and Patak's curry sauces and chutneys. That sort of recognition - the admission of Patak's to the British food establishment - would have given particular pleasure to the founder of the company, Laxmishanker Pathak.

Black magic in Brighton

THE BLACK CHAPATI; 12 Circus Parade, New England Road, Brighton BN1 4GW. Tel: 01273 699011. Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm, last orders 10.30pm. Average price per person pounds 20. All major credit cards accepted


The final part of our series on summer preserves focuses on exotic chutneys and pickles, aromatic with spices and thick with oriental fruits, part of the heritage of the Raj. And British versions can be just as delicious


Think of chutney as a jam created from fruit, sugar, vinegar and spices (and a jam which does not have to set) and you will realise how easy it is to make.

Biryani on pre-flight menu at Heathrow

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