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International Food Festival

posted 9 Feb 2012, 15:29 by Dan James   [ updated 12 Feb 2012, 16:07 ]
Well with so many of international origin working in our research centre, it was high time to share a little of our culture with each other and prove we know more about having a good time that putting resistors together. The idea was the brain child of long time centre member MadhusudanRao Neeli who co-ordinated and cajoled the contributions. Here was our menu and some pictures. Well done Madhu

Food Items

Madhu – India
Homemade authentic Indian food cooked by using traditional spices. Fresh curry leaves and limes from my backyard are used. 
1.     Puliyodhara (Fried Rice) - is a very common preparation in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Indian cuisine. Other names are tamarind rice or lemon rice. Pulihora tastes sour, spicy hot and salty at the same time. It is considered to be a good stimulant for a dead tongue.
2.     Chicken curry (South Indian style) - The main ingredients in this dish are chicken and curry. The curry powder (homemade) along with an array of other spices including, masala powder, saffron, ginger and so on, are mixed to form a sauce to blend in with the chicken.
3.     Chickpea curry (North Indian style) – This chickpea and tomato based curry with a blend of fragrant spices is warming and healthy. Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt and, a sprig of coriander.
Hugo - Mexican
1.     Guacamole: Mexican snack originally made by the Aztecs in the 16th century. Made of avocado, tomato, onion, lemon juice, salt and parsley, served with corn chips (nachos).
Andy – German
1.     Mixed salad (cucumber, lettuce, tomato, corn, fetta)
2.     Vanilla pudding
Michael - Australian
1.     Shepard’s pie (Vegetarian) - a rich and creamy vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe using lots of healthy vegetables instead of meat.
Rabee – Iraq
1.     Dolma - (Rice, lamb meat, garlic, tomato paste some spices and black pepper and salt). Open all of these (Eggplants, tomato, potato, grapes paper, onion) and put 1 in them and by using some simulation programs we will get the dolma.
2.     Sweet soda - Powder milk, floors, sugar, olive oil, cardamom, Pekin powder, narkella and eggs. Put them in the oven and we will get the sweet soda.
Yahya – Iraq
1.     "Rice Cubba", it is a type of red rice filled with mincemeat. The minced meet contain some other vegeterians like onion and Celery. Pepper added to the meat mix also. At the end the Cubba will be fried in vegeterian oil.
Hanan - Iraq
1.     Biryani: chicken, rice, onions, carrot, potato, peas, almonds, sultana, Indian spice, cinnamon, cardamom.
2.     Pineapple Cake: pineapple, apricot , raspberry jam, vegetable oil, milk,  melted butter, brown sugar, plain flour, baking powder, eggs, cardamom.
Manimaran – Malaysia
1.     Nasi Gorenng Ayam (Chicken) - Nasi goreng, literally meaning "fried rice" in Malaysia, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including stir fried rice in small amount of cooking oil, typically spiced with kecap (sweet soy sauce), shallotgarlictamarind and chilli and accompanied with other ingredients, particularly egg, and chicken . 
Morteza  - Iran
1.     Kashk-e bademjan - A fermented by product from cheese-making, kashk has a strong flavour, like a liquid fetta cheese and is used extensively in Persian cuisine, mainly in dips like kashk-e bademjan (grilled eggplant and whey dip).
Aliya – Indian (Kashmir)
1.     Phirni - Prepared using semolina, milk and dry fruits/sultanas

Sean - Australia

1.     Damper - a simple Australian bread made from flour, water or milk, developed by stockmen travelling in remote parts with basic rations


David – Australia

1.     Kangaroo Curry is prepared with kangaroo steak, vegetables, tomato paste and curry paste. It is served with rice


Daniel – Australian/British

1.     Lamingtons - A lamington is a sponge cake of Australian origin in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of traditionally chocolate icing then desiccated coconut. Lamingtons are sometimes served as two halves with a layer of cream and/or strawberry jam between, and are commonly found in South African and Australasian outlets such as cafes, lunch bars, bakeries, home industries and supermarkets. The raspberry variety is more common in New Zealand, while a lemon variety has been encountered in Australia.

2.     Iced Vovo - An Iced VoVo is a wheat flour biscuit topped with a strip of pink fondant either side of a strip of raspberry jam and sprinkled with coconut.

Ajay - Bangladesh


1.     Goat biryani- Ingredients: Goat meat, Basmati rice, Onions, Garlic, Green chillies, Chilli powder, Ground turmeric, Cardamom, Salt, Cinnamon stick.


2.     Tomato Prawn- Ingredients: Prawn, Tomato, Onions, Garlic, Green chillies, Chilli powder, Cardamom, Salt, Cinnamon stick.


Matilda – Ghana (African) Chicken soup 

  1. Pietro - Germany
1.     Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes, gherkin, egg and salad cream. German "Kartoffelsalat" is a popular variation that is generally prepared with vinegar, mayonnaise and served cold.
Christian & Olaf Lambert
The German name is "Fantakuchen" (engl.: Fantacake)
Ingredients: Flour, sugar, eggs, oil, orange Fanta Lemonade, Vanilla sugar, tangerines, cherries or peaches. optional ingredients (if we get them): sour cream, whipped cream, whipping cream stabilizer, sugar and cinnamon.
Drinks (Sponsored by 2.04 & 2.16): Pepsimax and Schweppes (lemonade) cans
more pictures here