'There is almost nowhere you can get proper Durban curry in a posh setting'

Author of Eat-Ting, Anna Trapido insists that Durban curry is in a class of its own and is enough to cure a broken heart and a flu.

She says it is difficult to find a great curry at an upmarket restaurant in South Africa.

Durban curries, those really hot red curries will cure a broken heart and a flu.

Anna Trapido, author

There is almost nowhere you can get proper Durban curry in a posh setting. Somehow we assume that that is home food and that it is not good enough to be in a restaurant,but that is rubbish.

Anna Trapido, author

WHY IS DURBAN INDIAN DIFFERENT IN TASTE FROM INDIAN INDIAN? AND WHERE CAN WE GET IT IN GAUTENG?

· The Indian community has been in KZN since 1860 and in that time they have created new fusion recipes. · Partly they did this because some of the ingredients the original Indian indentured labourers were used to didn’t exist in SA. Partly it is because they found new and exciting flavours here. · Durban curries are hotter and harsher and redder in colour and I think more dynamic – that is a quality of migrants – if you are the people with the bravery to get up and start a whole new life in a new place that will reflect in your food.

Inside the Suncoast hotel there is a restaurant called Jeera that do all of those, not Indian from India food, but Indian from Durban food that you never find in those posh restaurants....it is saying we can make raita with amasi because that is what people in Natal do.

Anna Trapido, author

We need to find Durbanites who will cook for us in Joburg and who will say I love this food enough to put it in a posh restaurant context....

Anna Trapido, author

WHAT ARE THE DURBAN IN JOBURG HOT SPOTS? SO where to go to pretend to be in Durban this weekend? You don’t just want to be eating Durban style food you want to be surrounded by Durban people while you do it. These are some of my favourites:

<u>SAMOOSASAT Eastern Delights and Spices, Quagga Centre Pretoria West. 012 327 1306</u>

Cracklingly crisp outer pastry, fried to order, rich potato, pea and startlingly strong spice filling. Served with a little plastic tub of tamarind chutney. When he puts them in the packet, the shopkeeper, Mr Patchou politely keeps up the pretence that the samosas will make it home by chatting about how to reheat them but the reality is that they never make it out of the shopping centre let alone home. So, so delicious.

<u>DURBANSTYLE DHAL AT Cornucopia at the Dunkeld Shopping Centre.www.cornucopiadunkeld.co.za; 011 268 1937</u>

You won’t find it unless you know where to look - It is tucked away, down a dark alley, opposite the green grocer’s and next to the butcher.

It doesn’t look like it should be in Dunkeld posh nosh ville at all - It is part spaza shop, part Indian restaurant. I mean the spaza thing literally. When was the last time you went to a restaurant that sells cigarettes, Jelly Babies and copies of You magazine on the counter by the till?

They do a collection of great bunny chows but my heart belongs to a dish listed on the menu as Durban style dhal. It is my ultimate cold weather comfort food – there is an epicurean embrace in its rich, porridge thick, complex lentil, split pea, ginger and cumin layers of taste and texture. There is what curry doyenne Madhur Jaffrey once referred to as a “blessedly comforting creaminess”.

<u>MASALACHIP ROLLS AT Mistress of Spice Ridge Terrace Shopping Centre, Weltevredenpark,Roodepoort. 011 478 4321</u>

The slogan on the menu says ‘Just like home’ which I suppose is true if you come from Durban. For me its much nicer than home. All the curries and bunnies are lovely but it is the masala chip roll that truly makes my heart sing. Cholesterol combos don’t come any more delicious.

Everyone has their favourite samosa place but mine is Eastern Delights at the Quagga Centre in Pretoria West.

<u>THELAMB BUNNY CHOW AT Lugz; Canterbury Crossing, Braam Fisher Drive, Randburg. 011781 6244 </u>

The sign on the door of Lugz restaurant says ‘Durban comes to Joburg’ and it really does. Chef Jacinta Naidu makes marvelous lamb bunny chows, luscious with tender meat and plump, sauce-infused potato chunks. The bunnies are topped with batons of tangy carrot pickle. As the Mother in Law Masala-rich gravy soaks into the white bread walls of the sandwich, the sizzle of spices serves up a sinus clearing sensation second to none. Perfectly paired with a cane and coke.

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