Saturday night curry

Starting a food blog gives me a good excuse to go out for food, so I thought a curry was a good choice on a chilly Saturday night. I was feeling a bit peckish after missing out on lunch anyway today! A favourite of ours is Amaans curry house in Morley, Leeds. Even though it’s probably only a couple of miles away, it’s not the nearest place to sit down for a curry, but in our opinion it’s the yummiest! As usual we were greeted by the same friendly faces and were asked for drinks. Our food order was taken and we were invited into the dining room when poppadoms and pickle tray arrived soon after sitting down. It’s always a good introduction to the curry which is to come, the poppadoms crisp and the condiments tasty.

The pickle tray  with poppadoms.
The pickle tray with poppadoms.


The chicken pakora arrived and they were delicious, just enough spice to give a warming feeling and the raita dip was a nice partner for the pakora.

Chicken pakora.
Chicken pakora.

Next up were the main courses of classic chicken bhuna and a dish from Amaans signature selection called Harry’s special, to be mopped up with a garlic naan bread. Named after a regular diner, Harry’s special consists of tender pieces of chicken lamb in a thick sauce with onions and peppers. Being regular customers ourselves we already knew what to expect and this occasion didn’t disappoint. The garlic naan came hanging off the customary naan bread tree and was lovely and soft, with enough garlic to taste yummy, but not too much to be overpowering. My chicken bhuna was tasty, I normally go for a prawn bhuna but decided to go with chicken and was very pleased with my choice. The chicken was tender and the sauce packed with flavour of coriander, garlic, tomato and other herbs and spices. I was told repeatedly how good Harry’s special was, the combination of the chicken and lamb was a match made in heaven and the sauce was extremely moreish! The drink of choice was a Cobra beer which as you would think complimented the food perfectly and just a lemonade for me, the designated driver.

Classic chicken bhuna.
Classic chicken bhuna.
Harry's special - a dish of chicken and lamb in a special sauce with fried onions and peppers.
Harry’s special – a dish of chicken and lamb in a special sauce with fried onions and peppers.
Classic accompaniment garlic naan bread.
Classic accompaniment garlic naan bread.

The service is always friendly and welcoming and the menu is filled with all the usual starters and sundries. The range of curries is vast, with the usual classics like tikka masala and korma but also a decent selection of Amaans own dishes, e.g. the Vensi a curry cooked with the meat of your choice, cream and a sauce with herbs, spices, tomatoes & peppers. The  Special Handi is also a popular dish, your choice of meat is cooked in a clay pot with herbs & spices and the chef’s sauce.

As usual with all curry houses vegetarians are well catered for, speaking from past experience I’ve always been pleased with the vegetarian dishes I’ve eaten here. Prices are reasonable, our meal last night came to around £38 for 2 people (a starter, 2 main courses with a naan bread, 2 pints of cobra and a lemonade).

Starters range from £2.95 – £6.50, main courses are between £6 – £10, side dishes and sundries £2 – £3.50.

I know there are loads of decent places in Leeds and Bradford, but Amaans stills remains a favourite of ours!

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