Dhanak Deira Bolton

If you’re ever near Bolton and want halal Chinese with a twist of Indian flavours then this is the place to go, it’s just before the Asda on Blackburn road on your right. I thought I’d give it a go since I kept seeing Amir Khan uploading snap chats whilst he was there. Yes, the first thing that comes to your mind is ‘oh it’s going to be expensive’ it’s actually quite reasonable not overly priced at all.

Apart from the food, I love this wall decor with the Arabic calligraphy, something I’ve not seen at a restaurant before!

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I love the interiors of this place, it wasn’t  busy when we went, it was nice and quite and even it was busy, it wouldn’t be an issue because it’s quite spacious inside, so you’re not clashing with the people sat next to you. You could go here for any occasion and make it special. All the tables were nicely laid out with napkins, candles and a rose.

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The staff were nice and friendly, which is always a bonus. We were in a rush so the waiter tried to bring the food for us as soon as possible and even had a laugh with us.

For starters we ordered popadums, Fish Pakoras and Kebabs. I’m not really fond of Fish Pakoras so I don’t know how they tasted but friends did say they were nice. The popadums were really oily  but when my friends husband asked for some tissue to wipe the oil away, the waitress went and got some more. So all happy bellies!

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For the mains we ordered Chicken Manchurian with noodles and Lamb Karahi with I think it was Tandoor roti or naan. The Manchurian tasted really nice, it was spicey so if you don’t like your food spicey I suggest you ask them to change the heat for you.

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The mocktails were slightly pricey compared to other restaurants I’ve been to, even Zouk’s is a tad cheaper but they tasted nice so not moaning. You can ask them to change the ingredients to them, I know we did for the tropical daiquiri. They happily did this for us.

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I would defiantly go there again and thanks to the friendly staff for the nice time there, and not forgetting the waiter that gave me lolly in the end incase I cried because my friends daughter got one and I didn’t 😂

Potato Vada

I love eating these once in a while such a Indian street food snack. It’s so quick and simple to make. Sorry couldn’t take decent pictures of the outcome it was for guests and we were in a rush.

Ingredients;

Potatoes

Green chilli as much as you like

Coriander

Oil

Gram flour

Ginger and Garlic paste

Bicarbonate of Soda

Salt

Tumeric powder

Black Mustard Seeds

Lemon

Peel skin of potatoes and cut them into four pieces. Alternatively you can boil your potatoes like you to make mash.

 

 

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Once they are boiled, drain the water and put them in a plate. Add salt, Tumeric powder, green chilli as much as you like, ginger garlic paste, squeeze some lemon juice for a nice tangy taste and mix all this well with your hands. (I’ve not specified the amounts of spices as this differs to each person, how chilly/salty, how yellow you want it etc)

 

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In a separate pan, Asians will defiantly have this little dish we use to ‘wager’ the mustard seeds. I don’t know what it means in English but all you have to is put some oil in a pan let it heat up for around two minutes then add your seeds. Make sure it is on low heat before you add the seeds because it will splatter everywhere, hence I couldn’t take a picture of the seeds in oil.once you have done that pour it onto the potato mixture.

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Mash the potatoes and other ingredients properly so everything is nicely mixed. Chop the coriander into small pieces and add that to the mash too and mix well. Roll them into small balls.

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In a bowl get some gram flour, add some salt, red chilli powder just a pinch and bicarbonate of soda. Add lukewarm water to the dry ingridents and make it into a nice thick mixture.

 

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Dip one mash ball individually into the flour mixture and then put into a medium pan with hot oil and let it cook till the flour is golden brown.

Serve with chilli sauce . Enjoy

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