There is really no such thing as a “curry”; the concept is more of the legacy of a colonial attempt to condense a continent’s worth of culinary diversity into a single dish or spice blend. Unpack it, and there are thousands of unique regional dishes across a staggering range of flavours and ingredients waiting to be discovered.
To showcase the versatility/absurdity of the curry idea, I’m going to do a trio of three very different Indian-inspired dishes, ranging from brilliant red, to golden yellow, to bright green. There will be a rogan josh chicken, with tomatoes & red peppers, a mixed grain dal with onion and turmeric, and a fresh spinach and chard saag with cubes of seared tofu ‘paneer’. They’ll be served along with some simple whole wheat chapatis, some basmati rice, minted yogurt and a delicious Indian-style pumpkin pickle made the West End Food Co-op as part of their urban cannery project, which our guest speaker James Partanen will be talking about.
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7pm TABLE TALK: James Partanen
James will talk about the West End Food Co-op’s in-house cannery program and the important role of canning in moving towards a more sustainable agricultural model.
Len Senater is the founder and proprietor of The Depanneur, who happily cooks for his friends and neighbours every Tuesday night.
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