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Win £10 Amazon voucher by becoming the Y4Food Top Fan of the month

y4FoodWe have just implemented the Top Fans application onto our page. Each month we will award a £10 Amazon voucher to the fan who is at position one for that month.

We have no control how the winner is chosen so we thought we would explain in detail what the application is and how it works. Based on user participation people are awarded points for likes, comments and posts.

How does the point system work?

Posts, comments and likes are all worth 1 point each. But don’t just try to create the most posts and comments. Your score is weighted by the quality of your participation. Higher quality activity (on topic and engages with the community) will earn extra points. Lower quality activity (off topic and spam) will earn less points. And consistent activity over time is more valuable than repeatedly performing the same action, such as clicking the Like button on every post.

How many points did I just earn?

When you post or comment or Like while on Booshaka, we’ll let you know right away how many points you earned. But keep in mind that those points will keep growing if the community rallies around you! On the other hand, if your activities are repetitive or off topic, then they’ll be worth less overall.

Do I get points for posting directly to the Facebook page?

Of course! Although your score won’t be updated until the next day.

How often do you calculate the rankings?

The rankings for each page are calculated once a day. The rankings reset at the end of each month. So you can always climb to the top!

So what are you waiting for. Start becoming an active member on our Facebook page and you could be the one who wins a £10 Amazon voucher. Remember every month  we will be giving one of these away to the top fan.

Please note: Top fans aims to be fair so we feel that everyone should have a chance of winning the £10 Amazon voucher. Therefore we have decided if you have won once and are top fan for the next month we will offer it to the fan in second place. This will prevent the same person winning every month.

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Takeaway food glossary


Welcome to our Y4Food glossary of food terms. We all love a good takeaway be it Chinese, Indian, Italian or Thai. However, do you know what ‘amchoor’ is or what ‘korma’ means. Perhaps you want to try a ‘Szechuan’ dish but are not sure what it is. Don’t worry our glossary is an easy to understand glossary which should help you find out just what everything means.  If you would like to see something included into the glossary, please do leave a comment below.


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This is the name given to a potato. Potatoes are used in a variety of vegetarian Indian dishes

A Thai dish which is a mixture of vegetables or meats topped with sauce.

A mixture of pickles used as an accompaniment to Indian curry dishes

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Translated this means bucket. It is used to describe British Indian curries.

You will see the term ‘bhuna curry’ on an Indian takeaway menu. Bhuna actually refers to stir fried dishes.

These are deep fried balls of onion and batter made form gram flour which is derived from chana dhal. The name can be a little confusing because restaurants use the term “bhaji” both for the deep fried onion sort and for various dishes e.g. bhindi bhaji, brinjal bhaji, which are vegetables cooked in a little curry sauce.

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Spice up your life – 10 Indian spices that benefit your health

spicesWe all enjoy a good curry but in the back of our minds we do sometimes feel guilty as we tend to look at the amount of calories we will  gain by eating Indian food.

When we think of Indian food we think of rich, creamy curry dishes, fried starters and sweet desserts.

However, as this blog explains, spices used in Indian food offer a variety of health benefits too. Read on to find out more:


Cinnamon isn’t just a great way to sweeten up your pastry or morning coffee, it also has great weight-loss properties, too. According to a recent study by Diabetes Care, a simple teaspoon of cinnamon a day rapidly reduces blood sugar levels, as well as cholesterol by 26%, meaning it helps protect against diabetes, weight-gain and cardiovascular disease. Often used in spicy lamb curries.



Love a bit of a zing when you eat your curry? Hot and spicy paprika contains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer (also found in cayenne and red chilli peppers).

Black Pepper

This is a staple ingredient in all Indian takeaway kitchens and restaurants. Black pepper contains a piperine component (which creates its pungent taste) as well as boosting the metabolism by as much as 8% for several hours after ingesting. Freshly ground pepper packs the most piperine.

Mustard Seeds

mustard seeds

These spicy-tasting mustard seed not only pack a punch on your taste buds, but helps boost the metabolism. This helps the body burn fat quicker – by up to 25% and around 45 calories per average meal. Most Indian chefs like to pop the seeds first in hot oil to release the authentic flavour.  Often found in chicken and lamb curries.


The main ingredient in the cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which is known for its fat-burning abilities and thermogenic properties. These stimulate the central nervous system to produce heat in the body that goes onto increase calorie burning. If you like your curry extra hot then added Cayenne pepper will really tickle those taste buds.



Thanks to its preventative and curative ingredient, curcumin, a rich anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric is best at reducing inflammation in the muscles and joints. This spice is also believed to be a great breast cancer-preventing food and is more effective than over-the-counter pain killers, like aspirin and ibuprofen, according to the American Institute for Vedic Studies.



Coriander is usually added as a garnish before the dish is served. It is also used in the cooking of the dish. Coriander rapidly decreases the painful symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Coriander contains an anti-spasmodic agent that helps relax contracted digestive muscles, which cause stomach cramps. It’s also good at relaxing the artery, which subsequently helps lower blood pressure.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds

Fennel can be classed as a vegetable, herb or spice but whatever you label it, its anti-inflammatory agents provide pain relief for menstrual cramps. Fennel contains liquorice-tasting oil called anethole and phytoestrogen, an oestrogen-like compound. This is proven to reduce menstrual cramps and is as strong as an over-the-counter ibuprofen.



Ginger is the one ingredient used in almost every single Indian dish. A root vegetable it packs a flavour. Ginger has long been used as a spice which helps ease all types of nausea. As well as adding flavour to a curry, ginger also reduces the release of vasopressin – the key hormone that plays a role in motion sickness. Ginger also has great gastric mobility abilities, and aids healthy digestion.



Oregano is a major source of thymol and carvacol – two antibacterial agents that fight off infection. It’s also packed with super strength anti-oxidants, so much so, it has quadruple the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries.

A good curry requires the right amount of spice in it to give it that real authentic taste.  If you are looking to add some spice to your life and boost your health then there is nothing better than a really good Indian takeaway to spice up your life in more ways than one.  So, if you fancy an Indian why not check out what your local Y4Food Portsmouth takeaways or Y4Food Southampton Takeaways

We hope you found this blog informative. Are you an Indian food lover, please comment below with your favourite spicy Indian dish.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and join us on Twitter for exclusive competitions, discounts and promotions.

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