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If you are a bit of a film and food buff, then why combine them both and make it a night of nirvana.

A recent discovery is an excellent award winning indie film, made and distributed back in 2009, and now on Netflix, called Today’s Special.

It tells the story of Samur, a sous chef with great aspirations who works in an upscale New York restaurant, but comes crashing down to earth when his father becomes sick and he is forced to take over the family business.

Samur, beautifully portrayed by Aasif Mandvi. reluctantly rebuilds his family’s old run down Indian fast food café, and bit by bit rediscovers himself and achieves critical acclaim for his new venture.  He has a romantic encounter and fierce opposition as he fights his way to success, but this makes the storyline even more exciting, not to mention the mouth watering recipes that are portrayed to the audience so a pre-prepared meal is a must whilst watching this film, otherwise you will pass out with starvation.

We have helped you here by offering you an authentic dish which is easy to prepare and even more inviting to eat.

So happy feasting – it is guaranteed to achieve complete nirvana.

This is an authentic recipe that you will enjoy and relish whilst witnessing traditional cooking with all its flavours and colours as defined in the film.

Spinach and Chickpea Curry

Spinach and Chickpea Curry


  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g tined plum tomatoes
  • 800g/2 tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 heaped tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 200g spinach, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, sliced for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and stir well.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and salt and pepper and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. 2 minutes before it has finished cooking, add the spinach and coriander and stir well.

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