I run an Indian takeaway – the secret to the perfect butter chicken & the dish we hate to cook but is SO popular | The Sun

WHETHER it's pizza, Chinese, Indian or the chippy – when it comes to ordering a takeaway as a special treat, everyone has their favourite type of cuisine.

For some reason, ordering food in always seems to taste so much better than cooking for yourself.

But what's the secret to those delicious-tasting dishes?

Here, Harps Virk, 37, owner of premium Indian restaurant and takeaway hotspot Masaani in Slough, shares the secret to their butter chicken and the popular dish they hate cooking…

Flavoursome dishes that 'hit the spot'

Day to day Harps oversees the running of the business, quality control, looking at new trends, marketing, branding, ways to innovate the menu.

He says: "We serve North Indian cuisine, catering for both vegetarian and non-veg. 


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"We pride ourselves on a top service and flavoursome and authentic dishes using quality premium ingredients.

"My favourite dish would be the chilli garlic prawns because they are the perfect blend of spices and really hit the spot!" 

Winner, winner chicken dinner

While we like to think we're adventurous when it comes to ordering, if we're being honest we all have our go-to favourites.

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Harps says: "Our butter chicken is very popular and a winner for all ages.

"The secret to the tender, flavour infused chicken is a spice-infused yogurt marinade made with fresh ginger, garlic, lemon juice and spices. 

"The spices in butter chicken are turmeric, garam masala, chilli powder and cumin.

"The reason why it's such a delightful dish is because of, obviously, butter.

"The splendid blend of cream sauce, butter, spiced up tomatoes, and an array of Indian spices melts in your mouth instantly.

"If you're a chicken lover, this is a must-try dish for you.

"Also our Daal is very popular – a good vegetarian option and healthy too."

Tricky customer

Among the popular vegetarian starters Masaani serves, customers can order Aloo Papdi Chaat – crispy pastry pieces topped with chickpeas and potatoes, served with tamarind chutney and yoghurt & pomegranate.

There's also a selection of seafood and meat starters too, including king prawn tempura and chicken tikka.

But there's one main dish that is very popular that Harps admits is one of their least favourite to cook…

He says: "Lamb Chops! They're clove smoked lamb chops marinated in yoghurt, ginger, ground spices and cooked in a tandoor.

"Very difficult to get the right flavour and cook it to perfection.

"However our chefs always deliver, and guests always come back for more!"

Going off-menu

While they're an authentic Indian restaurant and takeaway, that doesn't stop some people making some rather bizarre requests.

Harps says: "Some people have asked for Chinese food!

"We always try to accommodate our clients requests, however sometimes it's just not feasible.

"In terms of items that aren't on the menu, we do masala chips, and Kheer – an Indian rice pudding.

"It's not something we offer at the moment officially, but will be introduced at a later stage on our updated menu.

"People are often surprised to find avocado ke gole – avocado dumplings served with beetroot purée – are really tasty.

"They're a unique but delicious Indian treat."

Feeling hot… or not?

In terms of Indian food, curry generally has become one of the popular dishes across the UK – but how hot do you go?

For curry newbies, Korma and Pasanda are usually the two mildest dishes on the menu at an Indian restaurant.

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