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Brighton and Hove Albion Indian Banquet

Brighton and Hove Albion are big in India, don't you know? There was of course a great deal of dismay and controversy that our game against Everton has been moved to a Sunday lunchtime kick off purely so it can be shown live in the sub continent.

But little did we know that there is also going to be a fan park supporting the event. Yes, as officially revealed with great gusto on the Albion official site, the club are going to have a presence in Bengaluru where up to 40,000 fans are expected to pass through this weekend.

Here, they can not only watch the Seagulls taken on Everton on big screens, but they can also have a match day virtual reality experience, take a photo on the changing room stage and win exclusive club memorabilia. Oh, and there is also free shirt printing for all those millions of Albion fans in India should they bring their replica shirts along.

Always wanting to support the club in such ventures, we got thinking about what we could do to make this huge Indian fan base that we never knew existed welcome to the Albion family. Inspired by the quite brilliant suggestion of a Samosa Baldock on Twitter from Mark Nicklos, we've decided to put together a Brighton and Hove Albion themed Indian Banquet to celebrate our new found fame.

Darren Currie's all round please!

Davy Propperdum
The Davy Propperdum is one of the first things on the table these days but it hasn't always been so. When it was first introduced, it seemed wildly overpriced for something that doesn't do anything other than sit on the table, sometimes accompanied by some chopped up veg. But the beauty of the Propperdum is that it gets better and better with each bite.
Joe Naanyinsah
If you are ever stuck for what to go for from the the menu when times are hard, then the Joe Naanyinsah can provide a temporary fix. Everyone can tuck into a Naanyinsah at some point as it is the sort of dish that loves to move around and you will normally get one spectacular one in a batch of six, normally at the most important times when big impressive guests are round.
Samosa Baldock
You can't go wrong with a Samosa Baldock. It's one of those dishes that can work well with whatever you choose to pair it with and is happy as a side or the main. The Samosa is the sort of thing that you don't actually realise how good it is until one day it isn't on the menu anymore. Currently quite hard to find, we are counting down the days until it is back.
Dhansak Harding
A solid home made curry that some would say is weak but we would prefer to call mild. The Dhansak Harding earned rave reviews when it was introduced to the market and even got recognition from Englands Best Young Curries. This gave the Dhansak ideas above its station and it thought it would be better off moving to bigger curry houses in Leeds, from whence it never truly recovered. A shame.
Seekh El-Abd
When we think of El-Abds, we tend to think of them being from the Middle East. There is however an Indian speciality El-Abd, the Seekh El-Abd. Nominally, it has been underappreciated by its domestic audience until a strange traveller from Uruguay came along, proclaimed it the best thing he had eaten in India and turned it from comedy dish into one that even picked up a Food of the Year Award.
Madrasper Ankergren
The Madrasper Ankergren has had its ups and downs through the years and as such is known for extreme inconsistency, being quite brilliant on the palette one week and then making the dinner guestd shit everywhere while being violently sick the next. It is recommended you smoke an entire pack of 20 Marlboro Light as quickly as possible afterwards for the full effect.
Mark Kormerod
One for the older curry fans among you, Mark Kormerod was around in days when curries weren't the delicacy they are today. It's a dependable enough dish and if you ate it in the 90s, then you wouldn't have noticed quite how bad it was. These days though it just goes to show you how far we have come as a curry connoisseurs given that the Kormerod was, in hindsight, pretty terrible.
Jonathan O'Tikka Masala
Ah, the Jonathan O'Tikka Masala. This is the dish that comes highly recommended by the assistant chef to the point where he has it as his dish of the day, every day. Despite a strong of past failures, you can't really ignore such a passionate recommendation. The result is predictably that it is absolutely terrible although it does lead to some memorable moments
Vindalewis Dunk
The Vindalewis Dunk is the premium dish on the menu. It's recipe has been honed to perfection by many chefs over many years and now it stand above anything else. This is a recent development as even a couple of years ago it could still leave you feeling rough as anything but as it comes of age, it is surely just a matter of time before it is a dish that receives international honours.
Shane McPhaal
It's easy to forget that the Shane McPhall existed. It arrived in the kitchen one day after the restaurant owner guaranteed five new dishes on the next menu but only had four lined up the day before it launched. Needless to say having been cooked up in a panic, it was absolutely horrid and it wasn't long before the McPhall was removed from the menu and never heard of again.
Jalfrezi Brown
A relatively new recipe, the Jalfrezi Brown has spent a number of trial periods on offer in northern restaurants with mixed success. It did well in Huddersfield last time out but the jury is still out on whether it has what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Not for the faint of heart, it is the kind of curry that will put hairs on your head. Or to be more precise, an afro.
Gaetandoori Bong
Another dish that has been around for a few years, the Gaetandoori Bong isn't getting any better with age but it remains a dependable selection. Particularly impressive is the resilience it has shown having come back from a couple of long term food poisoning scares. Not a first choice from the menu but if all else fails you know you going to get an honest dish with it.