The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs


“Some dishes follow you throughout your life. They’re as constant as family photo albums – they’re always there and every now and then you find yourself revisiting them, reminiscing and savouring the moments. There’s comfort and delight in the experience.” And there you have it, a perfect description of the best things in life, family and food, two things that are intrinsically linked with one another.

Lifted from a new book by Ivor Peters, more commonly known by his sobriquet The Urban Rajah, he is the owner of the pop up restaurant cash ‘n’ curry, traveller and sartorial butterfly. Based in the city of London, Peters was born in England to a family of North Indian migrants and developed a passion for good food early in life.

The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs is a tremendous microcosm of childhood memories, tales of family escapades and tasty recipes, all cradled in the arms of simple prose that warm the soul. Written primarily out of love for South Asian cooking, Curry Memoirs is a book that treats us, the reader, as one of the family, a long lost relative whom he has to relate all that’s been going on to over the years. Whereas other books of this kind espouse portentous opinions on how to cook, and bore us with the rudimentary origins of a recipe, Peters has fun, never dictating nor making supercilious remarks. I felt quite touched when I read through the stories, which are peppered with unique regional and family dishes, from Pukka Pakoras to Cricket Chicken.

Visually the book is beautiful, decorated with family photographs from Peters’ childhood, carefully arranged across the pages in scrapbook form, along with countless snapshots from his travels across the globe and topped off with mouth watering examples of his recipes.

So, if you want a cook book with a twist, The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs is the one for you. A stylish, well written and, something I never thought I’d say about a cook book, heart warming slice of culinary adventure.

Who wants some Dudh Badam?

A stand out recipe in the book is for Dudh Badam (almond milkshake) given as a treat to Peters father upon his return from Catholic boarding school. An amalgamation of milk, cardamom, almonds and a generous helping of sugar, so simple, yet gives a much needed burst of flavour and energy.

The book is available at If reading the book isn’t enough then Peters also has a blog, The Urban Rajah.

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