A right royal buffet

May 6, 2008

 

We were at the Mirch Masala restaurant Sunday buffet. Two blonde, bearded uncles. Aunt Madge, fresh off a congested motorway. And me with my quasi Urdu and gora husband.

As we settled into our crisp onion bhajis, I let out a gasp. I had suddenly remembered my recent brush with international foodie fame and fortune.

I’m in Olive, I declared with a flourish.

Uncle one raised an eyebrow. Uncle two gave me a grunt. Aunt Madge just said: “Who’s Olive?”

Great. Only, like, the best food magazine published by the BBC. Read by a gazillion people, none of whom I actually know.

They asked me about my favourite cheap eat in London – the £6.95 eat as much as you want lunch buffet at Diwana Bhelpuri House in Euston. But if you’re not in London, this information is about as useful to you as your local weather to me.

So here are my top tips for spotting a really good Indian buffet instead:

  1. Elderly Indians: No self respecting elderly Indian will pay money to eat poorly cooked version of the food they eat at home
  2. Hot chapattis/rotis: There is little point in rotis that have languished on the buffet table, turning rock hard and stone cold
  3. Wide selection: Surely, the whole point of the whole exercise is to eat until you can barely move, a huge meal that you would be nuts to cook at home?

Comments

8 Responses to “How to Cook Papadum (papad)”

  1. Jules Says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one who does them in the microwave!

  2. sarah Says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    for how long do u let it cook in the microwave?

  3. sarah Says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    oops nevermind my question.. i just reread ur post and realized it says 1 min each…

  4. sra Says:

    November 20th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    You’ve encapsulated the conversation bit so well! :-D

  5. Srivalli Says:

    November 20th, 2008 at 6:43 am

    oh those are perfect..though when I tried it mw, they turn little charred!..:)

  6. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    November 20th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I agree conversations with friends over a meal is the best times in life. Those Papad look gorgeous!

  7. mandira Says:

    November 20th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    these evenings with friends are great… dunno about the three course meal though :)

  8. RedChillies Says:

    November 20th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    All time favorite snack of ours!

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