23 October 2009

Singh For Your Supper

It was one of those days. Actually, it's been one of those years but today was just one of those endless series of irksome little problems that, individually, wouldn't really register but, one after the other, can leave you in the sort of mood where even puppies risk a kicking.

The car battery died. My Blackberry, after weeks of efficient running, decided it would no longer sync my diary and Google Calendar. I missed the early LFF screening due to what I shall euphemistically call "domestic issues". I had another row with Orange. The post strike disrupted my capacity to earn. Twitterberry joined Google Sync in the apparent work to rule dispute... As I say, nothing there to really ruin a day but one after the other and all before 11am? Gah.

I needed cheering up then and, happily, that was about to happen. A few weeks ago, my mate Iqbal introduced me to a good friend of his, Daljit. As well as being the talented creative type behind the rather marvellous design agency Digit, and responsible for the highly entertaining digital installation "Four Seasons" at Roast, Daljit has a new venture on the cards: Indian sausages. Would I like to try them? he'd suggested after our initial meet. Having never knowingly said no to a pork product, the wasn't much doubt to the answer, and so we scheduled a sausage-tasting lunch at The Cinnamon Kitchen.

The sausages will, hopefully, soon be generally available under the brand name Mr Singh's Bangras. As a lover of a pun (see, well, title of this blog for example), I found the name particularly chucklesome - come on, who could say no to Bangras and mash? - and was eager to test the product. The name may be jokey but the product is anything but: Mr Singh's Bangras are a serious, and seriously good, sausage.

The Bangras are based on an old recipe by Daljit's grandfather, Harnam Singh, who was a butcher in the East End. Incidentally, that smiling chap in the marketing photograph? That's not the most perfect casting imaginable, that's actually a pic of Harnam. It's also, coincidentally, the sort of expression you'll pull after trying a Bangra.

We enjoyed them today as a starter: a single date and apricot Bangra on a bed of masala mash.

Over the years, I've tried a lot of "cross cultural" foodstuffs and have usually been disappointed. So often, the Indian influence is toned down as if to not scare sensitive English palates. That's not an issue here. The rich date taste is what hits first, and then the spice kicks in. We're talking proper heat, the sort of bite that fills the mouth and makes the eyes widen involuntarily. However, at the point you think they've gone too far, the sweetness of the apricot - and a little orange peel - kicks in to round the whole thing off. And all the time that's happening, you can still savour the moist, all-round piggy gorgeousness of the meat. It would be fair to say then that I'm a convert, and also that I finished the day in much brighter mood than I began.

Mr Singh's Bangras will soon - with luck - be appearing in select supermarkets. I'll keep you posted. And with a little luck, the generous Mr S may be sending me a few over sometime soon. In the spirit of today I think that I might just have to get a few bloggers around for some sausage butties, don't you? Drop me a line if you might be interested...

6 comments:

Helen T said...

I really like the sound of these, they'd be right up my husband's street as a lover of Indian food and good sausages. Please keep us posted on where these end up going on sale.

George@CulinaryTravels said...

I really love the sound of these sausages. Do keep us informed about when the go on sale please.

Kavey said...

These sound MARVELLOUS!

When I was at infant school and junior school, in the days before parents stopped making food for school fetes out of a fear of being sued, my mum would make spicy sausage rolls for sale at school events.

Essentially, she just added a mix of spices and ingredients to regular pork sausage mix before putting it inside the puff pastry.

Magic!

There was still some suspicion of Indian food in some quarters, even in Luton with it's huge Indian and Pakistani population, but those innocuous little spicy sausages always went down a storm!

Will look forward to trying these intriguing sausages!

youngandfoodish said...

Once again you've proven yourself to be one of the funniest food writing/blogging personalities around.

Lizzie said...

Well now I'd always offer up my guinea pig services!

Browners said...

They sound awesome. I love their balanace a banger game. Brilliant.