The exotic spices and fiery flavours of Indian cuisine top the charts when it comes to UK takeaway favourites, especially in the Midlands. That's why we've put together our ten favourite dishes from some of the finest restaurants in the region, all set for the next time you fancy a curry.
1. Lamb Biryani, Praza by Pushkar
Many restaurants use a variety of meats in their biryani, but the lamb dish served at Praza is unparalleled. The succulent meat oozes sweet juices throughout the dish during the cooking process, so as the rice soaks up those flavours, they mellow and give greater depth.
Where: Praza by Pushkar, Birmingham
2. Chicken Korma, Sweet Chilli
The sweet and subtle flavours of a delicate korma are a thing of beauty, and you won't find any better than the luxurious version at Sweet Chilli, where they add ground almonds and fresh cream instead of milk into the mix for a more luxurious finish.
Where: Sweet Chilli, Hereford
3. Biryani, Ba Shoh
Ba Shoh rustles up a huge selection of Asian classics – with everything from Indonesian inspired Satay to Thai Tom Yum soup – but it's their Indian Biryani we'd recommend. Cooked using traditional mogul methods using aromatic rice, they steam the ingredients in an authentic clay pot with a secret blend of spices.
Where: Ba Shoh, Peterborough
4. Tandoori Mixed Grill, The Fusion Bar & Brasserie
The Indian version of this classic dish sees the chefs at Fusion serve this platter up piled high. All sorts of goodies get the tandoori treatment here, including chicken tikka, seekh kebab, sweet prawns and spicy wings, plus a variety of sides and chutneys.
Where: The Fusion Bar & Brasserie, Rugby
5. Chicken Tikka Masala, Café Mela
Café Mela is the king of masala, proven by the fact that their chicken tikka version is their best-seller – and you'll soon see why. Their exclusive recipe is smoother and richer than any you'll have tried before, so grab one of their homemade naans and tuck in.
Where: Café Mela, Worcester
6. Fiery Chicken Naga Korai, The Curry House
If you're the kind of curry fanatic who loves a challenge, try the Chicken Naga Korai served hot at The Curry House. They use a mixture of yoghurt, coriander and naga pickle to coat this chicken, but it's the rich and generous use of masala spices that'll ignite your taste buds.
Where: The Curry House, Shrewsbury
7. Junction Goat Ka Saan, Masala Junction
Brand new to the Indian food-scene in Nottingham, Masala Junction's flavourful home-style cooking has already packed a punch with locals and critics. Try their special family recipe 'Junction Goat Ka Saan' - a delicious dish of kid goat spiced with garam masala, and marinated with chilli, coriander and herbs.
Where: Masala Junction, Nottingham
8. Chef Recommendations, Ryan's Indian Cuisine
This separate menu showcases the expertise of Ryan's kitchen, and we particularly love their Chicken Honey Sizzler. Sweeter than most Indian dishes, a delicately spiced chicken breast is cooked with coconut powder, caramelised onions, and much more in a honey-infused medium sauce.
Where: Ryan's Indian Cuisine, Loughborough
9. House Specialities, Castlegate Indian Restaurant
Castlegate have quickly become one of the most highly praised Indian restaurants in Lincoln, priding themselves on their authentic Indian cuisine. And the good news doesn't stop there, they've just brought all that goodness here to Deliveroo. We'd recommend trying the Rezalla – a popular Bangladeshi curry cooked in a creamy, yogurt sauce.
Where: Castlegate Indian Restaurant, Lincoln
10. Lamb Tikka Chilli Masala Balti, Adil's Balti
This dish has become one of the most popular on Adil's takeaway menu, and we can see why. Mixing traditional herbs, yoghurt, cream and garam masala, the chefs here create a mild to medium curry that appeals to most palates, but you can always add a few fresh chillies if you're feeling brave.
Where: Adil's Balti, Birmingham