British restaurant creates the world’s first ‘inter-religious’ Easter egg – with curry-flavoured chocolate
By Sarah Gordon
A British restaurant has created the world’s first ‘inter-religious’ Easter egg, using curry-flavoured chocolate and symbols from both Christianity and Hinduism.
The India Dining restaurant in the Home County of Surrey has created the ‘Vishneaster Egg’ for customers to mark the arrival of Easter and the Hindu festival of Vishnu.
Made with curry-flavoured chocolate, the unusual egg contains tiny scrolls with sacred texts from both the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures, and the Bible.
The ‘culinary celebration of east meets west’ was developed by restaurateur Asad Khan and is also filled with chocolate gold coins and other traditional Hindu items associated with Vishnu.
auspicious items associated with the world’s third-largest religion.
The man behind the egg: Restauteur Asad Khan came up with the Vishneaster Egg
Khan said: ‘The Vishneaster Egg, a play on words, was born from a desire to celebrate and to unite, at least temporarily, two of the world’s largest religions and two of their biggest festivals
‘Vishu and Easter may vary in terms of spiritual context. But both are celebrated in April with an exchange of gifts and with a feast.
‘I wanted to add an interreligious treat to our menu which British Hindus and British Christians can both enjoy.’
The egg, which took six weeks to perfect, is a mix of Indian spices, sea salt, mango and dark chocolate and will set customers back £29.99.
These ingredients are said to signify the essence of the ‘Sadya’ – a feast of salty, sweet, sour and bitter foods.
Its contents – gold coins and nuts – are items considered by Hindus to represent prosperity, and which feature in the Vishu festival.
The texts included on the scrolls are taken from both religions.
The one from the Vedic scripture reads: ‘You must learn to endure fleeting things – they come and go!’
And the Biblical verse reads: ‘There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.’
The Vishneaster Egg is not India Dining’s first venture into Easter treats.
In 2013, the restaurant created the world’s hottest Easter egg — which packs the equivalent punch of 400 bottles of TOBASCO sauce.
The ‘Not for Bunnies’ chocolate egg contains three of the hottest known chillies and registers a volcanic 1million on the Scoville scale.
It is so hot that diners must wear protective gloves, and sign a legal disclaimer to prove they are over the age of 18 and of ‘sound mind and judgement’.
Source: Mail Online