The Monday Side Dish: March 14

Can a curry blog – even a highly-respected, award-winning curry blog – truly stay on top of the world's spicy news when it only updates once a week? Probably not, which is why Trampy and The Tramp's Glasgow of Curry occasionally orders up The Monday Side Dish: a platter of grilled titbits to tide you over until Thursday. Pass the raita ...

A slightly belated Monday Side Dish this week, but it's sort of appropriate that it arrives around dinnertime, right? And how could TATTGOC – long established as the internet's foremost clearing house/amnesty centre for curry-related puns – not report on a comedy competition launched by Slumdog man Charan Gill (pictured left)?

Glasgow's much-loved Curry King is wearing a traffic-cone crown to promote the launch of a new  competition – Gag On For A Curry – where he's inviting would-be comedians to submit their best curry-related joke. What do you win if your gag gets Gill laughing? A free ticket to one of Slumdog's Pakora, Pint And Patter Sunday lunchtime gigs, running during the duration of the Magner's Glasgow International Comedy Festival, where you can enjoy both a spicy feast and some of Charan's top-notch stand-up. Laugh? I nearly karahi-ed!

Since the Pakora, Pint And Patter gigs run for the next four Sundays (Mar 20 and 27, April 3 and 10), there's a sort of rolling closing date – you just need to email your most hilarious curry joke(s) to to be in with a chance of winning one of the 10 tickets up for grabs. For his part, Gill says: "Glasgow punters have always loved combining a curry with a good laugh, and, having gained a reputation over the years as a bit of a patter merchant, I’m really looking forward to hearing their favourite curry gag."

Sure. He says that now. But how many "he slipped into a korma" punchlines can one man stand? Guess we'll find out ...

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The Tramps have barely recovered from their recent, nourishing encounter with Mister Singh's excellent curry pies – but there's yet more news from the Mister Singh's kitchen. Following the success of their very first Haggis Pakora Masterclass, raising money in aid of Clyde 1's Cash for Kids charity, Mister Singh's is turning it into a regular lunchtime feature. The masterclasses will be lead by Executive Chef Barry Singh and are being run during the week at lunchtime for a maximum of 10 people at a time. The price of £19.95 includes a special Mister Singh's lunch. For more information and how to book, phone 0141 204 0186.

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