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News & Views Pupils spice up parents evening

Curry was on the menu as children from Cusgarne Community Primary School near Truro in Cornnwall showed their parents and the community what they had learnt about the Hindu faith in workshops and lessons. The cook-

ing was a big success, as every bit was eaten by the end of the evening!

About 100 people attended the event, which the headteacher pointed out was ‘remarkable’ for a school with just 70

pupils. During the lessons on Hinduism children learned about different sorts of prayer and traditional Hindu dress and dance, as well as about food.

Dragon’s take a shine to curry sauces

An Irish couple, Sarah Nic Lochlann and her Bangladeshi- born husband Sarajit Chanda, emerged triumphant from their confrontation with business experts in RTE TV’s feared Dragons’ Den. The pair, who run the Fuchsia House restaurant in Ardee, County Louth, were pitching for investment in Aruna Sauces, a range of fresh, res- taurant-quality sauces based on those made by Sarajit’s mother, Aruna.

The Dragons raved about the samples they tasted and liked the business plan that the couple presented. Initially Sarag and Sarajit wanted a €30,000 investment in return for an 8 per cent stake in the business. Two Dragons, Norah Casey and Bobby Kerr, offered to join forces and each put in €15,000 in return for 8 per cent each. Gavin Duffy and Niall O’Farrell both offered to invest the full €30,000 in return for a 15 per cent share of the company. In the end, after a bit of haggling, one of the Irish Dragons Gavin Dufffy said he’d accept 14 per cent. As a result of getting the investment, the couple’s plan is to seek super- market listings and expand sales of the sauces.

In 2005 Sarajit Chanda began making his mother Aruna’s curry in the award-winning Fuchsia House. He and his wife say they heard a repeated refrain from their diners: “We cannot afford to eat out so often but we really miss Ma Aruna’s Chicken Curry!” So they created an authen- tic curry sauce for home use, which they began to sell at

Farmers Markets.

By 2010, sales of Aruna’s curry sauce had grown so much that the couple developed a range simply named ‘Aruna’, which cur- rently consists of four sauces: Tikka Masala, Curry, Roganjosh and Madras. In 2010 Aruna sauces won Gold and Bronze at the Blas na hEireann Awards and last year they won Best New Business and Best Overall Business in Louth County Enterprise Awards.


Spice Business Magazine 15 May/June 2012

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