Our 3rd Annual Curry Cook-off

If you’ve been a regular reader on my blog, Safari of the Mind, you’ll know that Bert and I host an annual curry cook-off.  I’ve blogged about the previous ones in the past.  What started out as a one time event about 3 years ago, has now become a repeated and anticipated get-together during the winter doldrums.  Our friends host a chili cook-off in the late Fall, so that concept perpetuated and the curry cook off idea was born.

It really is quite fun getting it all together from designing the invitation card, making up the guest list, making sure there’s enough beer (yes beers go down real well with spicy curries, or so they tell me).  Most of it is fairly low-key, you know paper plates, napkins, jeans + tees etc.  Our head count this year was 21.  The guests usually vote for their favorite curry after they’ve sampled them.  We then tally the count, and the “People’s Choice Award” which is a candle-lit lantern, gets handed to the winner.  The chatter ahead of time has got to be the best part.  You see a lot of the guys cook at this event, you can hear them talking or texting about their entry, borrowing spices, googling it, some even practice ahead of time.  Our first curry cook-off  had some of the guys cooking curry for the first time, imagine that!  It’s an international night, featuring curries from around the world.  The competition is intense, this is some serious cook-off 🙂

Here are some of the entries that were presented.

I think the entries speak for themselves……here’s a few more

Above (L) Chicken dhansak  with pineapple and lentils.  Above (R) Butter chicken.

Above not labeled (R) bottom is a pan fried Vietnamese Red Snapper

img_9154Are you salivating yet?


and the winner is………(wait let me double check the envelope) 🙂


Chau, and husband Dan.  Chau’s Vietnamese Oxtail Curry won the most votes, and deservedly so, you ought to see how detailed and time-consuming this had to have been to bring it all together.  It was aromatic, tender and oh so delicious!  Click on this link here to get her full printable recipe.


  1. Loretta,
    I have always enjoyed reading about your curry cook offs.What a fun thing to do! They are getting bigger and more serious ,aren’t they? The array of recipes is indeed very impressive.
    I am driving down next year for this event……my mouth is watering looking at all the yummy entries 🙂


  2. I always look forward to your curry cookoff Loretta and have to say all the dishes are winners! Such original offerings. The oxtail one caught my eye right away and I’m not surprised it won. Fun, original and very multicultural. Love reading about it.


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