Sandringham Road shopping centre is known as Little India.
The ever expanding plethora of India restaurants, spice shops and food stores vie for the last remaining spots where the family dry cleaner, shoe repair shop and corner dairies used to be.

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Anita and Lisa in front of Mumbai Chaat's mural

 The Sandringham Community House is now organising food and spice tours for Aucklanders who want to know more about Indian cuisine but don’t quite know where to start. David Steemson joins twenty of them one Saturday afternoon while they feast their way around Sandringham.

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Tour menu badge and deliciously sweet carrot halva at Paradise

The tours are the brain child of American Anita Totha who used the run similar tours in New York, and local food author Lisa Loveday who also runs the local farmers market.

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Tasting Sev Puri at Mumai Chaat

Photos courtesy of Anita Totha, Sandringham Community House.To find out more about the tours, go to  
http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/events/Events/Pages/sandringhamfoodandspicetour.aspx

And their Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/SandringhamFoodSpiceTour?ref=hl