An Indian Australian cookery writer has won the 'Pride of Australia' award this year for her work to promote Indian culture.
Promila Gupta, a prominent writer on Indian cuisine from Whyalla, South Australia, has been conferred the award under the 'Fair Go' category.
She is among 10 others to be handed over the award which recognise "extraordinary contributions of everyday Australians who don't always get the acknowledgement they deserve."
Each winner was presented a silver medal at a gala event held across Australia on Saturday.
"When I was nominated it was a pleasant surprise-being an immigrant and having won this award is auch an achievement to me," Gupta, 53, told Adelaide Now newspaper.
The other categories under which the awards were presented were bravery, courage, young Aussie, community spirit, role model, mateship, environment, peace and true blue.
Gupta's book 'vegetarian Finger Foods' and 'Selection Dishes from India' have been published in Australia.
Winner of several international awards, Gupta has conducted cookery classes, workshops and presented talkshops on SBS Radio National.
The News media group started the Pride of Australia awards last year through its newspapers across the country.