News stories often cite that chicken tikka is becoming the nation's favourite takeaway dish, leaving others - like pizzas, burgers and even good old fish and chips - trailing in its wake. But then this succulent treat from the sub-continent is so delicious that it's hardly a surprise. There's one way to make enjoying chicken tikka even more enjoyable and that's to add a side dish to your order. Whether it's a bread or a vegetable, some spicy rice or a daal, it'll make the meal complete – and here are five great suggestions for you next time you fancy sending out for an Indian takeaway.
1. Peshwari Naan, Aagrah
If you're on the lookout for one of the tastiest sides in Leeds then look no further than the famous Aagrah. Now you may have enjoyed a peshwari naan before but here it's a completely different experience. Instead of almonds and sultanas, this one features pineapple and pistachios which are fruity, crunchy and absolutely delicious. Pair it with the spicy chicken tikka and you've got a real winner on your hands.
2. Karahi Paneer, Indioz
Birmingham might be the country's Balti capital but they do a pretty mean chicken tikka masala too. Their long menu features dishes from all over India, but one of the real highlights at Indioz is their Karahi Paneer. The karahi part of its name just refers to the dish that it's cooked in: the soft Indian cheese is added to cauliflower, peppers and tomatoes and spiced with coriander seeds. It all creates a dish that's both delicate and bursting with different flavours.
3. Tarka Daal, Namaste Nepal
It's quite unusual to find a Nepalese restaurant, but what's not unusual is to spot a Tikka option on the menu when you do come across one. At Namaste Nepal, it's both Chicken and Duck Tikka! But whichever version you choose, a classic Tarka Daal makes the perfect partner. In fact, this creamy blend of gently simmered lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic all flavoured with cumin is a richly comforting accompaniment to any main course.
4. Garlic and Onion Rice, Masala Gate
Now we couldn't possibly suggest some sides for chicken tikka without taking a close look at least one rice dish. And what a rice dish it is. Masala Gate's Garlic and Onion Rice uses the finest pilau. Rice is just what is needed to soak up the flavours of your expertly prepared chicken tikka and, despite the strong aromas natural to its ingredients, Masala Gate gets the balance right: the side dish really brings out the delicate flavours of the other ingredients in the main event.
5. Cabbage Thoran, Adukkala at Kerala
As their name suggests, Adukkala at Kerala specialise in dishes from Southern India and that means they also feature coconut widely on their menu. A great example is their delicate Cabbage Thoran that includes freshly grated cabbage stir-fried with onions and flaked coconut. The result is a wonderfully fragrant and delicate dish that really lets the flavours sing out.
Chicken tikka's not the same without a side. So make sure to get both when you place your order with Deliveroo.