How to rival a classic takeaway

Tess Lindsay tells us about recreating your favourite takeaways at home.

Tess Lindsay
18th March 2021
Image Credit: Flickr

Throughout this year, my housemates and I got into the habit of getting a takeaway every Sunday night. Now, this was all well and good until I had the clever idea of giving up takeaways for Lent. Suddenly, I had to watch my housemates enjoy a freshly made pizza or a Nando’s and, motivated by FOMO, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  

Armed with a shopping list and intense determination, I set out to get ready for the best curry of my life

Not wanting to set the bar too low, I decided to start with everyone’s favourite, a chicken katsu curry, and after scouring the internet for a good recipe, I finally landed on MOB Kitchen’s version. Armed with a shopping list and intense determination, I set out to get ready for the best curry of my life. Surprised with the simplicity of the recipe (the sauce is simply a mixture of carrots, onions, and various spices), I was ready to tackle the challenge head-on.  

I managed to recreate a dish worthy of 5 stars on Deliveroo

The overall cooking of the curry is surprisingly simple and making it yourself means that you can easily adjust the spice levels to suit your own taste. The only slightly difficult part was frying the chicken without all the crispy breadcrumbs falling off, but with a bit of patience and a good spatula, I managed to recreate a dish worthy of 5 stars on Deliveroo.  

So, what’s the overall verdict? Well in the space of half an hour, one trip to Tesco’s, and a considerably smaller amount of money, I had made a chicken katsu curry that I believe (not to toot my own horn too much or anything) outscores a takeaway. Will I still order it in a restaurant? Absolutely, but in the meantime, I am more than happy to make it myself exactly the way I want it (and so are my housemates!).  

The recipe I used can be found here: https://www.mobkitchen.co.uk/recipes/chicken-katsu. I highly recommend it for anyone needing their Wagamama’s fix, or if you’re looking to impress your housemates with something simple but spectacular.  

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