Due to its incredible variety of flavors, spices that tingle on the tongue and amazing smells and flavors, we certainly have a weakness when it comes to curry.
As a general rule, I have always preferred to dine at my local Indian restaurant rather than order takeaway, as I never feel that Indian food is both flavorful and pleasurable to the restaurant experience.
Until recently, the pandemic left us little choice, but my longstanding view changed dramatically after trying The Cinnamon Club’s four-course Feast at Home.
The 4-course menu “Feast at Home” from The Cinnamon Club.
The Cinnamon Club is based in London and is part of The Cinnamon Collection and ships nationwide, but it’s important to emphasize that this food is definitely not a take-away.
It is actually exactly what it says on the can – a four-course feast to enjoy at home – with all of the dishes already packaged and prepared as a set by respected chef Vivek Singh.
So for those who have never dreamed of creating Indian cuisine in their own kitchen (no, neither do I), fear not because all the complicated things have been done so all you have to do is unpack, follow the directions and have to go go.
Eat each course in any order – just watch out for the different cooking times, which was an important tactic for my wife and I as we decided to share all of the dishes (except dessert) at once.
The Cinnamon Club delivers nationwide, but this food is definitely not take-away.
First there was the ‘Bhel papdi chaat’, which was crispy street-style wheat and puffed rice with potatoes. Served cold it reminded me of a classy potato salad, but it exuded so much flavor and, together with the tamarind and coriander chutneys, was a cool accompaniment to the other much hotter dishes.
The ‘Madras Shrimp Pepper Fry’ – fried shrimp with curry leaf and black pepper – had the kick you would expect from a Madras, with its juicy and tender shrimp.
The star of the show was the slowly braised ‘Lamb shank Roganjosh’ in the Kashmiri style, which was very generously portioned and fell off the bone with ease. And since there was plenty of “biryani rice”, we made sure that not a drop of the delicious sauce was left.
Also great additions were the ‘Burhani Raita with Chili and Garlic’ Dip and the ‘Black Lentils Cooked for 24 Hours’, although I had never tried the latter. Who would have thought you could get so much flavor with lentils?
‘Bhel papdi chaat’, a crispy street-style wheat puffed rice with potatoes.
Finally, the “Garam Masala Pudding with Nutmeg Pudding” was the ideal way to end it. Soft, light sponge cake with a nice touch of spice along with the “not so sweet” vanilla sauce was a surprise in itself, but that’s the great thing about this type of cuisine. It is full of wonderful surprises.
At £ 120 to feed two it’s not cheap, but unless you have an incredibly big appetite or are exceptionally hungry you should be saving enough for the next day which makes the cost a lot more reasonable. And believe me, if you need more than one session, it tastes just as good the second time!
The Cinnamon Club’s four-course Feast at Home costs £ 120 for two, with orders placed by 6pm on Friday for nationwide delivery on the Thursday of the following week. Visit the Cinnamon Collection website for more information.
“Garam Masala Pudding with Nutmeg Pudding” was the ideal way to end the meal.