Curry Corner's Monrusha grapples with monkey on tasty Indian tour
THE delights of Delhi could find their way onto your dish the next time you have a curry in Cheltenham - after restaurateur Monrusha Krori explored the tastes of her Indian roots.
The British citizen embarked on a three-week 1,200km journey across her family's homeland in Asia's sub-continent.
Her Bangladeshi-born father moved to Cheltenham more than three decades and opened the Curry Corner, in Fairview.
Now, his daughter is creating a fresh menu for the award-winning restaurant, by introducing a mix of authentic Indian spices to her father's cusine.
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
She said: "I first went to a wedding in Delhi because I wanted to see the types of food they had.
"Inidan weddings are foodie by nature and can go on for a number of days. It's a big celebration and food is very much at the heart of it.
"Authentic Indian food is colourful and vibrant. There's different influences in different regions of India.
"I wanted to experience the whole spectrum - from the lavish and very decadent foods of a Delhi wedding to the street stalls of Jodhpur and Jaipur."
During her journey through the city streets of India and Bangladesh, she also recorded a video which has gone viral.
The video shows Monrusha with a trained monkey on her head.
Curry Corner has been at the heart of Indian cuisine in Cheltenham since husband and wife Shamsul and Saleha Krori opened their doors in 1977.
It prides itself on authenicity, which, Monrusha explains, is different from the run-of-the-mill UK curry house.
"The Indian pallet is different to the British one," she said. "The foods in India and Bangladesh are based around spices whereas the British curry is very sweet.
"It is one of the most varied cusines in the world but people her don't know that because what they are getting isn't the real thing."
She continued: "It was really lovely to see where my family originates from. If you asked me how I would define myself I would say that I am British.
"But it was a really nice experience to see where I came from and bring some of the foods home."