Three Random Reasons Why Nisha Katona Should Be On The Telly

Earlier this week, Mister Singh's India broke the news that Madhur Jaffrey had visited their fine establishment for her new TV show Curry Nation. (A good friend of TATTGOC also intimated that he was dining at a fine Peckham establishment while the cameras were following the UK's curry godmother.) We talked a little about Jaffrey's forthcoming show in Episode 7 of Keep Calm And Curry On, and we're also looking forward to watching and reviewing it when it screens on the Good Food network later this year.

But isn't it time that we had some new faces on the TV talking about curry? Usually, we'd spin this out into the long-cherished pitch Trampy and The Tramp have prepared for their own fantastic TV show – it involves a hilarious means of transport, puttering around the country sampling curries far and wide – but instead of self-promoting, we'd rather put a spotlight on Nisha Katona, a far more attractive and knowledgeable talent who has been tirelessly preaching her own personalised curry gospel on YouTube and Twitter. We'd love to see her on proper telly. Why? Here are three reasons:


Originally a lawyer by trade, Katona hasn't just set up a camcorder and started rambling about curry. She's come up with her own structured way of explaining how to make authentic dishes, and for people who like to stick to a framework when cooking, it's pretty reassuring to go through her checklist. Here be the basics:

2) MMM ... DAHL

And if you don't get the basics right, then you'll hit all sorts of problems further down the road. Which is why Katona's amazing dahl recipe is so brilliant – simple to follow, but also easy to adapt.


Katona inherited much of her knowledge from her dear old ma, and she's not afraid to get her mentor in front of the camera. And the matter-of-fact way Katona Sr adjusts the pan and fetches some kitchen roll to tame some popping Panch Paron is genuinely amazing.

Get them both on BBC2 now!