Main courses at Milan Indian Cuisine, Birmingham

National Curry Week

It’s National Curry Week – so I thought I’d share some of the curries I’ve tried and enjoyed and shared with you guys. It was only when I started looking through the blog that I realised quite how much I love curry – and have told you about it!

I haven’t included all the pictures – that would be a blimin’ long post – but I’ve included some to whet your appetite. If you want to read more about the meals, take a look at the individual blog posts.

Obviously, some of my local Indian restaurants feature on the blog. One of our regular haunts is the Masala Lounge in Rugby. Good food, good service, and usually a massive feast.

Curry at the Masala Lounge, Rugby

A recently discovery in Dunchurch, just outside Rugby, is Omar’s. So good I went twice in a week! Mr M stuck to his lamb pathia, as he always done, but here’s the fab meat thali my mum ordered, my sizzling fish, and possibly the best saag bhaji I’ve ever had.

The meat thali at Omar's, Dunchurch

Sizzling fish at Omar's, Dunchurch

Saag paneer at Omar's, Dunchurch

Sometimes we cook at home – I made this slow-cooked lamb neck curry, which was an experiment and a half. I also tried cooking an easy after-work curry thanks to ingredients from Degustabox.

Homemade slow-cooked lamb neck curry with turmeric spiced rice

Curry served in bowls with rice

Given the simplicity of my experiments, I sought professional help from the cooking school at Chaophraya Thai in Birmingham and managed to rustle up this beef panang curry, with the help of my glamorous assistant Mr Manning.

Beef Panang curry

Me and Mr M showing off our wares

Just down the road in Brum, some work colleagues and I tried Milan Indian Cuisine, recently announced a finalist in the 2015 English Curry Awards.  Here’s some of our meals, including my Rahra Lamb.

Other meals at Milan Indian Cuisine, Birmingham

Rahra Lamb at Milan Indian Cuisine, Birmingham

I’ve ventured further afield in search of curry too. A pal of mine took me to the Shimla Palace in Wolseley Bridge near Rugeley and I’m still gagging to go back. Their Benghi poppadoms are something I’ve never seen before, and my Ayer Shatkora with lemon and coriander rice was great.

Benghi Poppadoms at the Shimla Palace, Wolseley Bridge

Ayer Shatkora at the Shimla Palace, Wolseley Bridge

I’ve even gone down to the big smoke on my quest, and got a taste of Bombay in King’s Cross courtesy of Dishoom.

Interior of Dishoom, Kings Cross

Chicken tikka and paneer tikka at Dishoom

Gunpowder potatoes at Dishoom

Bhel at Dishoom

From a Bombay cafe to a Midlands food festival – you can’t beat a bit of street food. Check out these samosas from Spice Fever that I tried at Rugby Food Fayre recently.

Samosas from Spice Fever

Well, I reckon that’s enough. Hope you enjoyed the little curry fest!

What’s your favourite curry or Indian restaurant. I’m always looking for new ones to try!

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