How has Indian cuisine influenced Australia?

Australia's cuisine & dishes

Influenced by English cuisine

Roast lamb with mint sauce

The Roast lamb with mint sauce is a classic Sunday meal in Australian cuisine, which in recent years has been replaced more and more by barbecue in its importance. The braised leg of lamb with mint sauce comes from the English kitchen and was included in the Australian menu in the course of colonization.

Roast lamb with mint sauce is a simple dish that can be made into a tasty dish with just a few ingredients. For the roast lamb there is one Lamb shank Rubbed boneless with salt, pepper and rosemary and sautéed. Then the meat has to stew in broth for about two hours until it is tender. The mint sauce is quick to prepare: the leaves of the fresh mint are first brushed off and then ground into a paste with sugar. Finally, water, vinegar and lemon juice are added and the whole thing is boiled. Finally, the mint sauce can be strained and heated.

When the lamb is done, it is cut into slices and served on a plate with the sauce. Potatoes are almost always served with it.

Most popular snack among Australians

Meat Pie

A classic dish that also originates from English cuisine is the meat pie, a Meat pie. In Australia, however, the meat pies are much more popular than in their country of origin, where they have the character of a national dish.

The meat pie can be prepared with different fillings, traditionally it consists of a dough, beef and a gravy sauce, which is called Gravy referred to as. The dough is made from water, milk, flour, butter and salt and then filled with the filling. Traditionally, this consists of diced beef, diced bacon, diced onion, bouillon, starch and spices.

The ingredients are first seared and stewed in the pan, then a little of the sauce is removed and the rest of the filling is placed on the dough in a mold. Then the meat pies are covered with a lid and baked in the oven and served with the rest of the sauce. In some places the filling is partly made with chicken or enriched with potatoes, cheese or vegetables.

Meat pies have become so popular that there is even a competition every year in Australia to see who makes the best pies Great Australian Meat Pie. In this competition, the participants compete in two categories, the best “everyday meat pie” and the best meat pie from the gourmet area will be chosen. Here the pies are often filled with fish or seafood and refined with a spice. The Shepherd’s Pie is also a popular pie.

The Sausage rolls (comparable to our sausages in a dressing gown) are also a snack made from dough and meat and are mainly sold as snacks and are eaten at lunchtime. As in English cuisine, puddings are also popular in Australia, with steak and kidney pudding being the most popular option. Meat pies and sausage rolls are also often sold as finished products in supermarkets in Australia.

A light, airy cake


Pavlova is a popular one Meringue cake, which is filled with cream and fruits. The meringue mass of this cake differs from conventional meringue pastries, because the inside of the Pavlova remains soft, while it becomes hard and crispy on the outside. This effect is created by adding acid, for example vinegar or lemon juice, as well as cornstarch. After baking, the mass must cool down and can then be cut open and taken with whipped cream and filled with fruit become. Traditionally used in Australia for the preparation of a pavlova Passion fruit used. However, other variants are also popular: raspberries or other berries, kiwis or pomegranate seeds.

The name is also often written Pawlova in German and is derived from a Russian ballerina named Anna Pavlova. She made guest appearances in Australia and New Zealand in the twenties and the creator of the cake was allegedly inspired by the ballerina's tutu with the words "light as the Pavlova". The cake has the character of a national dish in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, so that a dispute has broken out over who made this dessert for the first time. For several decades, New Zealand and Australia have been debating the history of its origins. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the oldest recipe comes from New Zealand because the oldest best-known recipe appeared there in 1927.

Casual dining culture

Barbecue and BYO

Not just the numerous delicious dishes at Australian barbecue are extremely popular in Australia, and the trappings are also a highlight at the "Barbie", as the Australians affectionately call it. The social gatherings When barbecuing with family and friends, especially on Sundays is of enormous importance. In the past, large pieces of meat were grilled without any further seasoning, with ketchup, white bread and onion rings from the grill.

In the course of the change in Australian cuisine, the barbecue habits of Australians have changed, specialties such as lamb kebab, fine steaks, sausage made from kangaroo meat and other sausages are increasingly finding their way onto the grill, as is seafood, with large shrimp being particularly popular. Exotic Marinades are often the seasoning of choice for fish and meat, fish is often cooked in aluminum foil. It will be with pleasure Barramundi (a type of perch) grilled, which remains firm to the bite and still tastes pleasantly tender. Turkish or Italian bread, fresh salads and refined dips are served as side dishes.

A specialty of the Australian food culture, which is often related to the barbecue, is the so-called BYO. This abbreviation stands for "Bring you own" in connection with alcoholic beverages. On the one hand, the consumption of alcohol in public is actually forbidden, but many Australians bring beer with them to barbecue in the numerous parks and are usually allowed to enjoy it there undisturbed.

Most Restaurants are not licensed to serve as it is very expensive to acquire such a license. It is therefore cheaper for restaurant owners to allow guests to bring their own alcoholic drinks, which they usually indicate by a sign on the door. For a small corkage they can be chilled and served in the restaurant. There is often a so-called “bottle shop” right next to the restaurant, which sells alcohol for out-of-home sales.