We’re now using UberEats in Wigan

We’re trialling out UberEats in Wigan. We think we’re the first Indian restaurant in Wigan to try out one of these food ordering services and the benefit to our customers is that we will be offering 95% of our in house menu to be taken away.

That is to say, with Just Eat, we’re only offering about 50% of our menu as we don’t have the capacity, packaging and man power to offer the full menu through this platform.

So go right ahead. For our customers that want a full restaurant experience in the comfort of their own home, give UberEats in Wigan a go. Please do let us know how it is for you or if you have any suggestions, then we’d be keen to hear them.

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The Best Indian Cookbooks For Beginners

We know it already. What you get in Indian restaurants aren’t the most ‘authentic’ Indian dishes. So what are you going to do about it?

That’s right. The only way to be judge and jury is to give it a go yourself and see how you fare.

We often get asked what are the best Indian cookbooks for beginners. We’re not going to sit here, stroking our beards and say that we’ve read every single cooking book on Indian food, but we’ve been through a few. So without further ado, the list below goes over the top 7 books on Indian cooking that we’d recommend to our customers.

1. Made in India:Cooked in Britain

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Meera Sodha
ISBN: 024114633X

Meera Sodha introduces Britain to the food she grew up eating here every day. Unlike the stuff you get at your local curry house, her food is fresh, vibrant and surprisingly quick and easy to make.

 

2. The Curry Secret

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Kris Dhillon
ISBN: 0716021919

There is truly no other curry book like this one. The recipes are not the traditional cuisine practised by Indians at home but the distinctive and well-loved variety served in Indian restaurants worldwide.

 

3. The Indian Cookery Course

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Monisha Bharadwaj
ISBN: 9780857833280

Monisha teaches you how to make traditional Indian food at home, based on the principles of good health and touching on the values of Ayurveda.

 

4. Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation

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Madhur Jaffrey
ISBN: 0091949939

Madhur Jaffrey showcases her favourite curry recipes with influences from all over the subcontinent: Punjabi, Goan, Parsi and Bengali amongst others. Carefully selected and adapted by Madhur, the recipes conjure up the colour and vitality of this vibrant culture, but keep to her mantra that Indian food doesn’t need to be complicated.

 

5. The Incredible Spice Men

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Cyrus Todiwala, Tony Singh
ISBN: 1849907064

Not quite your Indian cook book in the traditional sense, but this book is great for those wanting to cook lots of dishes where you can add a spicy twist. Following on from the TV series, Chefs Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh come up with dishes that they put a spicy twist on. Lovely jubbly!

 

6. An Indian Housewife’s Recipe Book

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Laxmi Khurana
ISBN: 0716020785

Laxmi Khurana is an Indian housewife living in the UK. Her recipes have been handed down to her through the generations and admired by her family and friends. Here, in her classic curry cookbook, she makes them available to everyone, so you can re-create authentic Indian meals for all the family.

 

7. The Dal Cookbook

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Krishna Dutta
ISBN: 1909166057

Dal is to India what pasta is to Italy. Cheap to produce, highly nutritional, suitable for long storage and capable of being cooked in a basic pot on an open fire, dal has been providing nourishment to millions of Indians for millennia. It truly is a pan-Indian dish consumed by rich and poor alike.

 

You never know. If you are able to master the art of Indian cooking, then we could have a spot open for you at the restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? Read all the books above to your heart’s content, find the right Indian spice box to mix your spices and then start peeling those garlic cloves once you’re done!

If there are any book recommendations you think that we’ve missed, then feel free to suggest them and we’ll give it a review as well.

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Best Indian Spice Box – Our 5 favourite boxes to store your spices

Indian spice box or spice dabbas are important if you want to keep your spices fresh. We all want the perfect curry with the right infusion of flavours and aromas, so how do you keep the goodness of indian spices? An airtight, sealed unit is the key factor.
There are lots of options to buying an Indian spice box online, but which ones would we recommend?
We have been through quite a few 'masala dabbas' as it is commonly known in India and, as mentioned in our post about the best Indian cookbooks, we keep our spices in big pots for commercial use.
That doesn't mean we can't recommend some good ones to be used at home, so check our winner below and 2 runner-ups. Below this, we outline a further 2 that we think do a good job as well. In summary, there'll be five we recommend.
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Kitchen Essentials

Spice Box

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Stylla London

Masala Box

1. Spice Container (22cm) by Zinel

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This is a very good quality spice box, but it’s better to opt for the Masala Dabba with 7 Compartments and 2 Stainless Steel Lids, measuring 22 cm.

  • Seven individual compartments
  • Storage of your essential authentic spices
  • Outer stainless steel lid to protect the spices

There is a bit of a price increase if you want the transparent lid, but it’s not worth paying the extra for, in our opinion.

2. Spice Box (24cm) by Kitchen Essentials

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This is a large spice box measuring 24cm in diameter. The only problem with this one is that the inner lid is a bit sharp, so be careful when opening and closing.

However, it is solidly built and is larger than your normal box, so it’s a must for curry lovers.

  • Free Indian Spice Guide A5 leaflet
  • Set of 7 Authentic Indian Spice Spoons
  • Close fitting stainless steel double lid

3. Masala Box by Stylla London

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Made out of Sheesham wood, this contemporary spice box will appeal to homes that have a vintage kitchen feel to them. This also makes a perfect gift to friends and family.

A word of warning with this one in that it probably isn’t as tight fitting as the stainless steel one. Furthermore, it should be noted that there is a strong woody smell that is distinct from the material.

  • Spice Box In Sheesham Wood With Spoon
  • 9 sub-containers
  • Close fitting stainless steel double lid

4. Plastic Spice Box by Emsa

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This is not your traditional spice box, but it’s perfect for those looking to save on space.

Made out of plastic, this is a neat and tidy box to stock up on your favourite herbs and spices which takes up very little room. As a bonus, it comes with write-on labels and a 2 year manufacturer warranty

  • A filing cabinet style box
  • Comes with oregano, curry, pepper, salt, paprika, basil
  • Compact design for tight spaces

5. Spice Rack and 20 Jars by ProCook

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Now we’re talking! OK, this isn’t a traditional dabba, but it’s very functional and space saving. It has lots of space for all your favourite herbs and spices. What’s really good is that it comes with all the jars pre-filled with different spices (too many to list here!)

It is priced at the higher end of the spectrum, but it’s perfect for a gift or those looking to add a touch if finesse to their kitchen.

  • Rotating stand with 20 jars
  • Comes with a 1 year guarantee with ProCook
  • Spice names are etched onto the lids of each jar

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve probably landed on this page as you want to find the best spice boxes, but for those that are still a little unsure what we’re talking about here, let’s quickly summarise: A spice box is usually made of stainless steel (but not always) which is designed to keep spices fresh. by providing a tight fitting lid, measuring 18cm to 26cm in diameter, depending on the size of the spice box.

They usually come with 6 or 7 smaller round containers, also made of stainless steel, with each container holding a different spice.

It can some with several different teaspoons for each spice, but this isn’t necessary and usually one spoon will suffice. The less clutter the better, right?

Where are the cheapest spice boxes?

The answer to that is pretty obvious – India (or China) are where you can find the cheapest spice boxes.

But if you factor in a flight to those countries, then that whole idea goes out of the window. The second best option is to buy it online and the links above will give you the freedom to do this.

Who uses these items to store spices?

As mentioned above, we use bigger commercial units as we go through spice like there’s no tomorrow, but for domestic usage, these are used by mum, dad and grandparents across the whole of the country.

If you’re into making curries, pastes and tikka flavours on a regular basis, then you need to get one of these spice boxes. It’ll tidy up your worktop space and if you buy correctly, will make your kitchen look a whole lot smarter.

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Need Hot Buffet Caterers in Wigan? We Now Offer This

Established since 2006, we have been serving the Wigan area through the restaurant in the town centre.

To add to our already established business, we have had strong demand throughout the year to provide a hot buffet catering service.

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Indian Buffet in Wigan

Specialising in Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, we can offer affordably priced buffets for all celebrations and occasions.

Whether it is a personal event or business event, we can provide a service for a minimum of 10 people up to 300.

Buffet prices start from £10.50 per head for adults and £4 per head for children. The menu is good for a buffet and we can add things to the menu should you wish to order a specific item.

What about the extras such as cutlery?

We are able to provide serving platters, cutlery, napkins, plates and tablecloths as part of the final price upon negotiation.

Where do we offer the service?

We can deliver upto 3 miles radius of Wigan town centre. Please note that we offer free delivery as part of the service.

What events can we offer a buffet catering service in Wigan?

It really doesn’t matter to us. Whether it is a private function, a corporate event, a wedding, a club meeting, a graduation celebration etc. we can offer our services.

With freshly prepared items, delivered piping hot to you, keep us in mind the next time you are looking for buffet caterers in Wigan and Bolton.

Evening Indian Buffet Set Menu

The buffet will be a set menu, but we can discuss your requirements prior to an order and deposit being taken.

As an example, we have offered an evening buffet for some corporate events in Wigan with the price at £10.50 per head for 40 people. The dishes consisted of:

  • Poppadom
  • Mango Chutney, Onion Reish and Mint Sauce
  • Mixed Salad
  • Onion Bhaji
  • Chicken Hot Wings
  • Chicken Drumstick Tandoori
  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Pillau Rice
  • Chicken Balti
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Vegetable Curry

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Indian Delivered for a Party of 10-15 people

Having a party at home – Let us cook for you! We have a delivery special for parties for only £110 in total. This is enough food for 10 to 15 people.

This is an absolute bargain and takes the stress out of cooking if you’re having a small party. Please give us a call once you’ve had a look at the poster below.