[Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester] Garam Massala, via Deliveroo

We’ve looked at Garam Masala’s menu several times but have never eaten at the restaurant. It’s all seemed a bit bog standard curry house. However, it’s now one of a relatively small number of restaurants who are trying to keep going on delivery and/or takeaway during the Covid crisis. Before that, we used to eat out regularly but have swapped “restaurant night” for “delivery night” and, to offer a small bit of help, are placing our weekly orders with one of those restaurants, rather than the takeaway places that have always been there.

There was “spicy liver” to start for one of us. They don’t specify what beast the liver comes from but it looked as though it was chicken. Not brilliantly prepared so there were some sinews that needed to be cut round. But there was a good flavour, with quite a kick from the use of raja chillis. The other starter was three vegetable samosas – a bit under fried so very pale, with a flavour reminding you more of the a supermarket version than a restaurant one. There was a little salad and raita to share.

Aloo gobi was a decent version of the Punjabi classic. Big chunks of both potato and cauliflower, not over cooked, so retaining a little bite. Nice, clingy sauce. They have a single identified regional dish – chicken jalfrezi which they ascribe to Rajasthan (but it actually originates from Bengal on the opposite side of the country). That pickiness aside, this was nice enough. Again a little, clingy sauce including red and green peppers, and another nice kick from small green chilli peppers.

Carbs were good – peshawari naan and pilau rice, both doing what they were supposed to do.

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