Cyrus Todiwala’s perfect curry night

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
10 June, 2015

Chef and restaurateur, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, along with other Cooked authors Anjum Anand, Atul Kochhar and Vivek Singh, is an ambassador for the annual Curry for Change campaign, which runs from June – October 2015.  The campaign aims to raise thousands of pounds to change the lives of rural families in Africa and Asia who suffer from hunger. We caught up with him to talk masal roast potatoes, tandoors, and why Tom Kerridge is a master of spice. 


Cyrus Todiwala Curry For change

What are your go-to recipes for a curry night with friends or family? 

Cooking at home can be tough for us chefs, as the expectation from friends and family is quite high!  In my home, food varies across the spectrum from just spiced to making a great curry.  But it can be anything; for instance, last Sunday I cooked a spiced roast duck with masala roasted potatoes served with a chillified Caesars Salad, Pervin cooked Prawn curry.  Rice, daal or curry is a must.  

 

If you could pick one chef to cook a curry for you, who would it be, and why?

For me, it would be the great Satish Arora. Looking at a UK based chef, then why not Tom Kerridge; he is working hard to become a master of spice.

What made you want to get involved with Curry for Change?

It’s a great cause, empowering women to stand on their own feet and to support their families in a way which helps eliminate hunger, mistreatment and social exclusion. 

What Indian dish do you always order on restaurant menus?

That’s quite a tricky question, as we do not visit many Indian restaurants in the UK.  However, when we go back home in India, we go to specific places which serve specific food that we love and miss so much here. There is nothing quite like dishes from home! 

What dish is never quite as good when you make it at home?

Interesting question; I’ve never thought of that, so I must be creating masterpieces at home as well!  Having said that, we do miss a tandoor; you can never quite re-create the same at home.
 

Is there a particular story experience that has touch you by working on this project?

I find the way the Curry for Change campaign is all about helping people lead a more positive life really powerful. Find Your Feet, the charity behind the Curry for Change campaign, supports people in the right way, through education and training so they can help themselves. It’s life changing for a family if they have the opportunity to learn how to provide food for their children and thrive in a challenging environment and social situation.

 

To sign up and take part please visit www.curryforchange.org.uk.


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