Start date: 1st May 2011End date: 30th October 2013 The Department of Drama has been awarded a major grant from the AHRC to undertake a two and a half year project researching the cultural history of Southall.The project is a collaboration between the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter, the Department of Dance Studies at Roehampton University, and the founding members of 'The Southall Story' organisation.Jerri Daboo and the three members of the Southall Story organisation are also producing and running a Festival of British Asian Culture in that time, which will include a film festival, a concert, and workshops on performance and photography, in addition to the exhibition.
Part of the reason is India’s caste system: communities within each caste have their own interpretations of traditional dishes.
Additionally, each sect of Hinduism (and other religions in India) has its own specific way of cooking, complicating the intricacies of Indian cuisine even further. Onions, garlic and ginger form the base of many dahls and vegetable dishes, along with tomatoes, ghee, cream, home-made white butter, and hot and aromatic spices.
Madhu’s Kenyan influences are also apparent at this popular, long-established Punjabi restaurant that’s one of the smartest in the area.
Choose from bhallay papri chaat (street food snack of lentil dumplings in yoghurt and tamarind sauces on crispy wafers), butter chicken, dahl Amritsari, and lamb chops in richly spiced sauce.
In addition to the regional differences in Indian food, there are significant variations within the same region.
For example, ‘Gujarati food’ comprises Surti, Ahmedabadi, Kutchi, Kathiyawadi, Charotar Patel, Jain, Bohri Muslim (plus a few other) main cooking styles.Chandni Chowk Named after a legendary market in Delhi that’s home to acclaimed restaurants, sweet shops and street food stalls, this is a no-frills Punjabi café set over two floors.In the first floor dining room, try fried, crunchy street food snacks, or parathas flavoured with various vegetables.When people say ‘Indian food’, they usually mean ‘Punjabi food’.As our selection here shows, Southall is the best area of London to eat Punjabi.The blog for the project can be found at: The project team consists of a mixture of academics and practitioners: The project's outputs include a co-authored book, a digital archive, a symposium and an exhibition.