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On a cold wintery Saturday afternoon in March we had an enthusiastic group of participants join Arvinda’s Curries, Curries & More Curries cooking class in Toronto at Nella Cucina. Although spring is (finally!) in the air, Arvinda’s curries indeed helped us get through our terribly cold Canadian winter this year!

We had a lovely lady, Laura attend the class with her father for a ‘daddy-daughter’ cooking class. Being an avid Indian food lover and author of the blog Cook, Wine & Thinker Laura jumped right in to help us make our winter curries menu and snapped away photos throughout the class.

Photo courtesy of Cook, Wine & Thinker

Photo courtesy of Cook, Wine & Thinker

Photo courtesy of Cook, Wine and Thinker!

Photo courtesy of Cook, Wine and Thinker!

We wanted to share with you Laura’s review of our Arvinda’s classes here.

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For a beautiful presentation, Indian curries are served in a wok-like, Balti-style dish made from steel. In Toronto, purchase these from Kitchen Queen in Toronto's Little India.

For a beautiful presentation, Indian curries are served in a wok-like, Balti-style dish made from steel. In Toronto, buy these from Kitchen Queen in Toronto’s Little India.

Kitchen Queen is an amazing little store in Toronto’s Little India, jam-packed with Indian artifacts, statues, kitchen utensils…and balti dishes!

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Toronto’s historic Evergreen Brickworks is a community environmental centre, a hub of social innovation and green design, promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

Tourists visiting Toronto during the summer months have to make a pit stop at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market on a Saturday. In 2010, Evergreen Brickworks was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.

Arvinda’s will be featuring some Indian inspired recipes perfect for a Father’s Day brunch at the Evergreen Brickworks on June 16th.

The atmosphere and plethora of amazing fresh, local and organic produce and artisan products inspires us to cook and create, engage and learn, and leave with a feel-good, fuzzy feeling about the great things happening in this city.

This is a ‘must-do’ on any foodie’s list, especially if visiting Toronto for the first time!

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The countdown is on until June 2013!!

Since starting my blog, I’ve shared with you many of my favourite spicy movie snacks including: Madras Maple Walnuts, Indian Spiced Popcorn and Spicy Masala Chevdo Cereal Mix alongside some of my personal favourite films. It’s no secret I love independent films, many of them South Asian in nature such as Amal, The Blue Umbrella, Born Into Brothels, Earth, Water, Snow, Monsoon Wedding and many more.

Acclaimed film festivals worldwide have given chances to talented South Asian filmmakers to highlight their work, but so many small, low-budget films have gone unnoticed. Finally, a film festival dedicated to all South Asian cinema will make its home in Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse Canadian cities. TSAIFF, The Toronto South Asian International Film Festival will celebrate and feature films from Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Trinidad, Guyana, Pakistan, USA and the UK.

The countdown is on until June 2013!

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Reflecting on the month of October, I’m remembering the events we did and all the indulgent (and yummy) food I ate. With Thanksgiving, Diwali~India’s festival of lights and Hallowe’en all behind us now, I’ve come to the conclusion that October is the most delicious month of the year!

It all started off at Soupalicious on October 1st…with our South Indian Coconut Vegetable Curried Soup with Coconut Oil Infused Curry Leaves. This was a spin on a traditional South Indian vegetable coconut dish that we turned into a soup. Although I was serving a wide audience with 20 litres of our soup, I didn’t want to tame the Indian flavours down by making the dish mild. South Indian cooking is the hottest of the Indian subcontinent, so I kept it authentic using Arvinda’s Madras Masala. Those who sipped our soup were indeed the curry lovers looking for authentic and bold flavours!

Here's our South Indian Coconut Vegetable Curried Soup with Coconut Oil Infused Curry Leaves I served at Soupalicious 2011.

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Paper Dosa at Toronto's Udupi Palace. I've had many delicious moments at this Indian restaurant!

If I was answering the question,  ‘What is the most DELICIOUS Indian food?’, my knee jerk reaction would be Masala Dosa~a South Indian specialty of rice crepes, filled with a potato curry dressed with Sambar, a thin lentil soup layered with coconut chutney and cilantro.

As I sit and think about this more, there are many other dishes that come to mind. But today I want to hear about your most delicious Indian foods!

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Join me June 25th at 2pm & 3:30pm for Mumbai street food demonstrations at Celebration Square, Mississauga to commemorate the 12th International Indian Film Academy in Toronto.

It’s no surprise Bollywood is taking Toronto by storm. The red green carpet is rolled out at the Fairmont Royal York hotel where Mumbai’s brightest film stars are pouring in as we speak, for the June 25th IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) North American premier in Toronto.

The signs that Bollywood’s popularity piqued not only in Toronto but all over North America has been apparent for months now. These days everything from perfume to cosmetics to salad dressings are Indian-inspired. Here are some to name a few…

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