Signature Dish Award for Brighton's Indian Summer
Brighton's Indian Summer restaurant has had its Mamaji's Chicken named as one of the top three dishes in the Best In Britain Awards (BiBA) for Best Traditional Signature Dish 2015.
Also cited are Cardiff-based Makosh restaurant's Lamb Railway Curry and the Rabbit Stew of Cinnamon Culture in Bromley.
Indian Summer is known for is mix of modern contemporary dishes and authentic regional cuisine based on family recipes, passed down through the generations.
The award-winning Mamaji's Chicken dish is prepared following a recipe from the mother of Indian Summer's co owner Minesh Agnihotri. 'Mamaji' is the Punjabi term for 'mother'.
“Growing up, mum's chicken, made with cashews, tomatoes, onions, fennel seeds, red chillies, asafoetida, garlic, turmeric and coriander, was a particular childhood favourite of mine,” said Minesh, “I've taught people how to prepare it in over private 100 homes at the cooking lessons I give – they all love it.”
Surprisingly, Manesh's mother, Jyostna Agnihotri, is a strict vegetarian and will not even handle meat.
“When we were younger, mum always got my brother and me to clean the meat, whilst she prepared the spices. It's a hearty dish – using traditional cooking techniques. She never tasted it but it was always fantastic. That's how I leant to cook.”
Indian Summer is also named in BiBA's Top 50 Indian restaurants in the country, for the second year running.
Part of National Curry Week, the BIBAs are the longest running awards in the ethnic restaurant industry, having begun in 1993.
The awards aim to highlight excellence in the Indian restaurant sector and are based on customer nominations with the final selection decided by a group of expert judges chaired by National Curry Week founder, Peter Grove.
A recent fund raising lunch hosted by Indian Summer during National Curry Week raised £700 for the Curry Tree Project and the Find Your Feet charity.
Indian Summer has also just been declared one of the UK's Top 10 Indian restaurants to be found outside London by the respected Harden's restaurant guide, which states: “With its 'modern' and 'well-balanced' cuisine, this Lanes fixture offers a 'totally different' curry house experience, and attracts not only 'discerning' locals but also 'gastro-tourists down for a racy weekend!'
Indian Summer has also been named as a finalist in this year's Asian Curry Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony being held at the London Hilton on Sunday 15th November.
Indian Summer, 70 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ
T: 01273 711001 Tw: @indiansummer108
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