British Curry Day, on December 3 has a theme of ‘Back The Bhaji’ - to celebrate the end of lockdown, support the curry industry, commemorate curry pioneers.
Supporting the #BackTheBhaji theme of this, the inaugural British Curry Day, Dev is sharing his recipe ‘Onion and Sweet Potato Bhaji, gluten-free, vegan dish - which can be downloaded from www.BritishCurryDay.org.
He is also donating £1 for each 650ml tub of ready-mix batter to make the dish, available for £3.95, to the Porchlight and Changing lives homeless charities.
Dev commented: “We don’t serve ‘British Curry’ - there are many thousands of good restaurants catering for that market. Our cooking is a traditional Indian food, with a modern gastro twist, using fesh, seasonal, ingredients.
“But British Curry Day is such a good cause, celebrating the pioneers who introduced tasty curries to millions of Brits, marking the end of lock down and raising money for charities - I wanted to be part of it.
British Curry Day will provide a focus to celebrate the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown in England, encouraging spice lovers to eat out, order a takeaway, or host a dinner party with friends and family, in accordance with relaxed government regulations.
It is also intended to commemorate the early ‘curry pioneers’, who came to Britain in the 1960s and ‘70s and created the unique fusion that is the great British Curry.
“Tragically we are losing many of the country’s first curry restaurateurs, who are now elderly with severe underlying health issues, to the pandemic,” said Enam Ali, publisher of Spice Business, adding, “These people came to a strange foreign land at the invitation of the British government and through their own endeavours and willingness to work anti -social hours – often enduring blatant racism from post pub closing time drunks – built a special industry, which is now an integral part of British society.”
Many restaurants taking part will be making a donation to charity for each bhaji sold.
Alternatively, curry lovers are encouraged to stay home and meet friends and family, they have not been able to see for weeks and months, to celebrate the end of lockdown, with a socially responsible meal. The British Curry Day website www.britishcurryday.org has suggested recipes from top chefs and celebrity cooks.