In case you haven’t already noticed, it’s getting pretty cold outside! Granted, we’ve actually been pretty lucky with the weather holding out this far into October, but still, autumn is well and truly kicking in.
This can only mean one thing, lots of comfort food with friends, cosy fires and duvet days curled up in front of a great movie.
I made a start on the first of the ‘winter list’ with a few friends and an invitation to try out the take away menu from The Spice House, St Aubin.
The girls piled round to mine, we popped corks, poured the wine and eagerly awaited the sound of the doorbell signalling our dinner arriving.
Top tip for you: Order your take away from food.je and you can select what time you would like it delivered (ours arrived bang on time), and you can also get 15% off at The Spice House, win win situation!
First up, a veritable feast of starters…
Vegetable Pakoras – Mixed vegetables coated in a spicy batter.
Murgh Malai – Tender pieces of chicken marinated overnight in yoghurt & butter.
Prawn Pathia – Greenland prawns & cod cooked in a sweet & sour sauce served on puri bread.
Fish Amritsari – Cod marinated with lime and fresh coriander, shallow fried and served in a classic sauce with tamarind chutney; and Onion Bhaji – Sliced onion, gram flour and lentils coated in a spicy batter.
All the starters were great and I think most of us tried something we hadn’t before. I actually found I liked the fish dish and the Prawn Pathia, which is a bit of a shocker for someone who doesn’t really eat fish!
I think that’s the second time the boat house group have converted me on a fish dish now, good for them (and me, I guess!)
There was more than enough food for four of us considering that was only the starter, and we suddenly wished we’d taken it easy, especially when we started to dish up our main course….
Lamb Dhansak – A tasty lentil and lime curry with succulent lamb pieces.
Butter Chicken – Chicken tikka cooked in a rich tomato & butter sauce.
Crab Banjara – Crab meat cooked with coconut sauce & sweet bell peppers.
Chicken Jalfrezi – Chicken strips, onions, peppers & spices in a tomato sauce.
Prawn Madras – A rich & intensely spicy Southern Indian curry, with plump prawns.
Chicken Balti – A classic, much loved dish. Apparently, the name ‘Balti’ comes from the metal dish in which the curry is cooked, rather than from any specific ingredient or cooking technique. Just saying.
Prawn Malabar – More meaty prawns in a Southern Indian style sauce finished with Lime.
So, with seven curries between the four of us, we had seriously bitten off more than we could chew, so to speak! Then came the accompaniments…
Bombay Aloo – Spiced potatoes; and Panner Makhani – a butter Panner curry. Thats Indian cheese, in case you were wondering!
Aloo Shimla Mirch – Potato curry with sweet bell peppers; Saag Aloo – Spinach and potato curry; Dal Tarka – Lentils with asafoetida & garlic. We also had a great selection of Naan Breads and rice dishes. Basically, we were about to be little piggies and probably love every minute of it!
I appreciate that perhaps our over indulgent curry evening might not provide the prettiest of pictures to look at, but they are definitely a great representation of the autumnal season. Fiery reds and warm orange coloured dishes, you couldn’t ask for a more warming night in to share with friends.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the main dishes, a table filled with plenty of variety to suit all our tastes and varying tolerance levels for spice!
The star of the night for most of the girls, was the Crab Banjara, whilst its not the most attractive dish to look at, the flavours were great and took us all a bit by surprise. A real winner!
My personal favourite was the Butter Chicken, I could quite happily eat this every day! The chicken literally fell apart and the sauce was just amazing, definitely one to try if you’re ordering anytime soon.
If you’re tempted to organise your own curry night with friends, I highly recommend using The Spice House for your takeaway. You can always book a table and go dine in with them if you prefer though, their authentic Indian decor will only serve to add to your experience!
You can find The Spice House at Le Neuve Route, St Aubin, Jersey, JE3 8BS, call them on 01534 746600, or simply order your takeaway at www.food.je.
Enjoy and happy autumn!