My chocolate curry is second to naan, says inventive Scunthorpe takeaway owner
Choc-a-holics love chocolate in all shapes and sizes but what about when the choc chips come mixed in a Chicken Tikka Masala and served with rice?
Hmm not so sure now, are we?
This new kind of curry is set to sweep Scunthorpe and take food lovers' taste buds to the next level.
The aptly named Atiya's Chocolate Special is no ordinary curry – as I found out during a tasting session.
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Rashel Huda, owner of Atiya's Takeaway on Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, came up with the idea to combine two of the most popular foods in the UK – curry and chocolate.
My experience tasting Atiya's Chocolate Special can best be described in three senses – smell, sight and taste.
The first thing that hits you is the smell of the chocolate wafting out of the curry.
As someone who has eaten many curries throughout my life, I have never felt more intrigued by the smell of the plate before me.
After I'd accustomed to the mystifying smell of the curry, I set my sights on the look of the curry in front of me.
It surprised me how aesthetically similar it was to a normal Tikka Masala – except for the surface of the curry.
It bubbled with chocolate and my mind was instantly cast back to my childhood – reading about the terrific treats in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Finally, we get down to the most important part of the meal – the taste.
It takes a few mouthfuls before you really start to appreciate Rashel's vision.
The key to Atiya's Chocolate Special is the subtle way the chocolate leaves a warm aftertaste in your mouth, which perfectly complements the Tikka Masala and the rich smell of the chocolate.
What Rashel has created here is a clear, culinary delight and I predict it will be a hit with many customers searching for something new.
The process by which the curry is made is simple enough but Rashel has added an extra ingredient to the mix to give it that extra kick.
Atiya's chef Babu Miah adds the chocolate to the curry, breaking half a 120g bar of Dairy Milk chocolate directly into the Tikka Masala where it melts into the pot.
Rashel Huda, 38, from Scunthorpe, said: "I thought why not just try it and see what happens. We are always creating new things that people can try.
"I hope this encourages other places in Scunthorpe to come up with new ideas."
Atiya's Chocolate Special is now on sale priced £6.95 and Telegraph readers can take advantage of an exclusive 50 per cent discount off the special curry when they take a voucher in from our paper this week.
This voucher is valid until Thursday, July 12. For more details, see page 34 of the latest edition.