It’s not often you go in to talk to your bank manager and come out with an awesome new recipe. But that’s the way it is in the Thirroul branch of IMB Bank.
Personal relationships are what it means to live within the caring Northern Illawarra community, and IMB Bank Manager Naina Mistry is a great example.
Naina has been at the IMB helm for eight years. In that time she’s become a familiar face around town friendly and approachable.
Naina’s story is amazing. Her family was forced to leave Uganda in the 1970s under the ‘ethnic cleansing’ policies of dictator Idi Amin. A refugee at just five years of age, Naina and her family found themselves living in a camp in England, before they were transferred to Government housing.
Twelve months later, sponsored by a family friend, they moved to New Zealand before Naina left as an adult for a life in Canada. Now married, Naina was selling her Canadian home when the couple decided it was time for a change, and moved to Australia!
Within weeks of arriving, and with two children in tow, Naina was living in Fairy Meadow. She dropped off her resume with what was then the IMB Building Society and received a call the next day. 11 years later here she is in Thirroul, and she couldn’t be happier.
In the eight years Naina has been the Manager at IMB Bank Thirroul she has seen changes in the local area with more and more families moving from Sydney.
“The Illawarra area is one of the best kept secrets. We are incredibly lucky that we have fabulous beaches, great homes and a terrific sense of community. We have it all down here.
“The best part of my job is the relationships I have with my wonderful customers. I love helping them out and I love that we can be so community-focussed. IMB has kept its variable home loan interest rates lower than those of the major banks for more than five years to make it easier for local families.
“We are also committed to helping the communities in which we operate. Each year, the IMB Community Foundation returns half a million dollars to a wide variety of charities and not-for-profits organisations to assist them. In Thirroul, we’ve helped the Thirroul Men’s Shed with funding to set up their own premises and given funding to the Disabled Surfers Association. Those people do such an incredible job and we are honoured to be able to help them.
“We’ve also supported the Robotics team from Smiths Hill High School. A few of those kids live in the Thirroul area and they’ve done exceptionally well on the world stage. We are so proud of them and thrilled we can help them achieve their goals.
Adding to the list of delightful things about this local bank manager is her passion for cooking.
Drawing on her Indian heritage, Naina loves to incorporate amazing spices into everything she makes, including pasta, stir fry and quiche!
“I love to give regular foods my special touch,” she says. “And I’m more than happy to share my recipes. Just come and say hi and let me know what you love to eat. I can tell you what interesting spices I would add to make it delicious!”
Naina has kindy offered to share a couple of her best-loved recipes with us over coming weeks.
First up a traditional Indian favourite- Naina’s Dahl
Favourite Dhal(Lentil) Recipe
I cooked Dhal for my Friends last weekend, seeing it was so cold, and served it with Roti and plain Basmati rice and we all had a wonderful time.
So I have jotted down the recipe. It’s just the traditional Gujrat (Region in India) Dhal recipe.
· * 1 cup cooked lentils that has been rinsed and picked over (this recipe works for any favorite lentil or canned cooked lentil you desire)
· * 2tbls Canola oil
· * 1 cup medium chopped white onion
· * 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
· * 1 to 2 fresh green crushed chili’s
· * 2cup of luke warm water.
· * 1 tsp. cumin powder
· * 1 tsp. coriander powder
· * half t. turmeric powder
· * 1 to 2 fresh chopped chili’s
· * 1tsp garam Masala
· * 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
· * Half Cup fresh tomato
· Hand full of chopped Coriander
I. In a 3-quart stockpot or other medium-sized soup pot add 4 cups of water cook the washed lentils. Keep adding water if lentils are not cooked thoroughly.
II. Then heat oil over medium heat in another pot. Once the oil is hot, add the onion. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.
III. Then add garlic and chili’s, coriander and cumin, turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala and half the chopped coriander cook for another 1 minute and then add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes.
IV. Stirring constantly, add the lentils and water. Bring to a low boil, then turn down the heat to low, let the lentil simmer for about 10 minutes stirring every 2 to 3 minutes so mixture does not stick to the bottom of pot. Then garnish with remaining chopped coriander and if desired serve with a bowl of rice or roti or compliment with any dish of your desire.
Visit Naina and the Team at IMB Bank Thirroul – Shop 6 Anita’s Theatre King Street, Thirroul NSW 2515 T: (02) 42 674 100