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International flavors

When Deep Singh arrived in the United States 27 years ago from Punjab state, India, he went straight into the restaurant business like so many immigrants before and since.

Singh and others will feed the masses at Buffalo Without Borders, an International Institute of Buffalo fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Billed as a taste of Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi cultures, the night will feature dance, music, culture and food.

Singh is bringing the chicken makhani, perhaps better known as "butter chicken," he makes at Taste of India (3093 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, 837-0460). The velvety sauce, thickened with caramelized onion, gives the dish its name. While the chunks of chicken breast are flavored with ginger, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, coriander and fenugreek leaves, with cashews and raisins, its only enrichment is a dash of heavy cream, Singh said.

There's no butter in the butter chicken. Seconds, anyone?

Tickets are $50 through or call 380-8565.

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau

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