Spice it up at Glasgow’s first Indian food festival


Glasgow’s first Indian Food Bazaar is coming to The Briggait, which will be transformed to host food stalls serving dishes from six Indian regions. The spicy event will feature cookery demonstrations, live music, films, dance and children’s activities.

There will be an exotic market, a tea garden, cocktails and mocktails, a chilli-eating competition, as well as the chance to try 36 different dishes.

On the menu will be kati roll, a street food dish originating from Kolkata which is a wrap containing a filling of lamb enfolded in an Indian flatbread.


Momos are steamed dumplings with a beef filling, wrapped in a dough accompanied by spicy dipping sauce.

Mirchi baingan ka salan is an impressive dish of chillies, aubergines and peanuts, a traditional Hyderabadi preparation usually served at weddings and special occasions.

Kashmiri dum aloo is one of the few vegetarian dishes from the northernmost state of India. For this dish, deep fried new potatoes are slow cooked on a low flame in a unique, aromatic spice blend including cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise and bay leaf. This is all cooked in a sauce made from yogurt and a paste of cashew-almond.

Beef ularthiyathu is a Keralan beef dish with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, chillies and curry leaves.

Misa mach poora is from the remote Indian state of Mizoram, traditionally made with roasted shrimp with local spices.

Finally, another one of the unusual dishes is the galinha cafreal, a spicy preparation from Goa, made from whole chicken legs, flavoured with regional spices and herbs and shallow fried.

Renowned sitar and flute player Stevie Callaghan will be one of the star performers over the course of the weekend.

Stevie, from Partick, will be playing a mix of classic Indian ragas and fusion of Indian and Western styles and songs.

The Indian Food Bazaar will take place in The Briggait on July 14 and 15 from noon to 10pm on both days. Entry is free.