Sunday, July 01, 2007

Shop of the Week - The Curry Tree

The Curry Tree isn't strictly a shop, but nor is it merely a market stall. It's a few bicycles with attitude and some passionate vegetarian curry makers. Paul customises the bicycles and tricycles (some are electric, some require pedal power) himself, adding trailers and trolleys and various cooking and serving attachments to them. A retired film caterer, he is now vehemently car-free and maintains his cooking passions with an exclusive market stall (he doesn't sell anywhere except the Addison Rd Markets). His partner Fiona, who works full time, and fourteen year old daughter Katlyn, work with him on Sundays.

Their little Jack Russell, Buster, waits patiently for things to start happening.

We tried their South Indian Banquet, for which the selection changes each week. Today they were serving a fresh chutney full of ginger and coconut, a gooey rich vegetable curry, a channa (chick pea) dhal and a nice dry potato masala with lots of curry leaves and mustard seeds, all topped with a superb yoghurt made here in Marrickville, some grilled roti and a handful of fresh rocket. This cost nine dollars and was heaps for me and Richard to share. We even accidentally dropped one quarter of the roti, which Sailor charmingly gobbled up, vomited, then re-ingested. This spectacle in no way put us off this beautiful meal.

Paul has osteo-arthritis and believes that keeping active is good for his health. He tells me that he serves "Rubies", not curries - this is English slang - Ruby Murray rhymes with curry - so if you feel like a curry you say "Anyone fancy a Ruby?"

You can also buy, for only six dollars, a paratha dosa - Indian bread topped with the channa dhal, the potato masala and a big dob of yoghurt - I dare you to compare that to any burger or kebab!


JahTeh said...

You should be prosecuted for posting a paratha pic that huge without a dieter beware sign at the top of the post.
That's the trouble with cooking for one, you can't make that into cooking for one.

Kirsty said...

Just wiping the drool from my chin...

Ann O'Dyne said...

oh Hi JahTeh!

It looked delicious to me too ...
so the guy calling a curry a 'Ruby'
would be born in London ?

Thanks Marrickvixen.

swoop said...

Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The addison Road Centre on flickr,
and we'd love to have the photos on this post added to the group!

Audrey Low said...

Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The addison Road Centre on flickr,
and we'd love to have the photos on this post added to the group!

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