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Curry hold-up

Two robbers armed with a pistol and wearing balaclavas ambushed an Indian restaurant's driver and stole two curries at Swanscombe, Kent.

Captain Moonlight: Social note

SOCIAL note: The Captain can reveal, exclusively, that Daniel Chatto and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones are honeymooning in India. More than this I have sworn not to say, except that their destination is remote, barely furnished, does not benefit from either ceiling fans or flush lavatories, and the chef's speciality is stuffed paratha. It was noticeable during the short service at St Stephen Wallbrook that both the Prince and Princess of Wales shed tears, which is rather sad. It does not prevent me, though, from pointing out to the Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Snowdon that light-grey morning dress should be worn only in the country.

BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: The Raj at Table - David Burton: Faber, pounds 6.99

'The whiff of spice lured Britain to India.' With these words Burton begins a fascinating tour through the world of kedgeree, tiffin, chutney and mulligatawny. There were, of course, many different types of stomach in the Raj: missionary, military, mercantile. And although there was, even to the end, massive resistance to native food - and a determined adherence to British nursery fare wherever possible - the curry established itself as an irresistible fact of life 'out there', as it now is back here. This is a delightful piece of social history as well as a well-stocked recipe book.

Indian food brand is market leader

AN INDIAN food firm that began 40 years ago as a family business selling home-made samosas yesterday defeated the challenge of the multinationals to be named Britain's fastest-growing brand.

Dear Niall Fitzgerald

It's about my whites. I've just taken the first load of sheets to be washed in your new Persil powder out of the machine, only to discover I am the victim of the dreaded shreds. As I pulled them out of the drum there was no mistaking the damage. Shreds of white tissue everywhere.

Murder hunt extended

DETECTIVES are widening the search for a gunman who murdered an Asian waiter at an Indian restaurant on Orkney. Officers plan to extend inquiries after the investigation into the murder - the first in 25 years on the island - failed to produce any positive leads in its first 10 days.

Restaurateur killed

Police believe robbers killed the owner of an Indian restaurant in Redditch, Worcestershire. Taliate Mohammed, 33, was found battered to death.

FOOD & DRINK / Variations on a classical composition: A curry is like Indian music, Camellia Panjabi tells Michael Bateman, open to improvisation and with spices as the notes. This week, she selects her favourite recipes from the country's main regions

WE ALL know that there's more to making a curry than stirring in the curry powder. But the secrets of Indian cuisine do not yield themselves up so easily. Without instruction from Indian teachers, is there any hope for keen home cooks?

FOOD & DRINK / Variety is the spice of India: Camellia Panjabi introduces Indian food in all its regional diversity to Michael Bateman and next week she presents her favourite recipes

STRANGE, but true; some Britons know more about Indian cuisine than most Indians. In Indian restaurants here we can waltz back and forth across the sub-continent. In a single meal we may mix the biryanis from the north with the dosas from the south. We freely order meat dishes such as kormas and rogan josh from the north alongside the vegetable curries of Gujarat in the west and the mustard-flavoured fish dishes of Bengal in the east.

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ARE ALL the supermarkets in the country going out of their tiny tikka minds? There is hardly a corner of their food counters which hasn't been invaded by this Indian interloper.
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