Anoki Express - chilled Indian ready meals delivered in Derbyshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 29 June 2020
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A fusion of flavours delivered to your door, Donna Hill reviews the Anoki Express range of chilled ready meals
As a regular restaurant goer, I’ve missed getting out and about over the past few months during lockdown, sampling the best cuisine the county has to offer.
While restaurants have sadly had to temporarily close their doors, the takeaway arm of the hospitality sector has, as a result, been booming.
Imagine my excitement then when I heard that Anoki, one of the East Midlands’ finest Indian restaurants and one of my favourite eateries, had launched its own range of chilled ready meals – and would even deliver it to my door!
I live in a small village in rural Derbyshire, a place that’s often overlooked when it comes to takeaway deliveries, so I couldn’t wait to try their delicious cuisine at home.
I visited Anoki’s new dedicated website www.anokiexpressrange.co.uk to check out the menu. The Express range offers a good selection of both meat and vegetarian options, which vary in spice from mild to extra hot.
The meals are terrific value for money too, with starters from £3, mains from £4 and sides from just £1.50.
I placed my order before the daily cut-off time of 3pm and my order arrived around 5.45pm. The driver adhered to social distancing rules and placed the food on my doorstep, packed in a branded carrier bag with detailed cooking instructions on the labels.
You can freeze the meals for up to six months or keep them refrigerated for a few days. You just need to heat the main courses in the microwave for around three minutes and the rice for just 90 seconds.
I couldn’t wait to tuck into my Anoki feast with my husband and teenage daughter. I opted for an onion bhaji to start, followed by Chicken Makhani as a main course, with pilau rice and a plain naan as side dishes.
As soon as I started heating up the dishes, the smell of traditional Indian spices made my taste buds tingle as the aroma diffused through the house. It was as if the Anoki restaurant had been transported into my dining room!
The onion bhaji was light and crisp, with a kick of chilli that didn’t overpower the palate. It was the perfect starter and whetted my appetite for my main course.
The Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken) curry contained beautifully tender pieces of chicken cooked in a creamy tomato sauce and infused with traditional spicy flavours that created a delightful, flavoursome explosion in my mouth.
The chicken is cooked in Anoki’s famous Tandoor oven and the sauce is left to simmer, so you can really taste each individual spice. A mild dish, it’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like their curry too hot and the balance between the traditional spices and the chicken was fabulous.
No Indian dish is complete without rice and Anoki’s pilau rice complemented the Chicken Makhani perfectly. Heated up, it was light and fluffy. You get a generous portion, but none went to waste in our house!
The plain naan was fresh and tasted delicious dipped into the creamy tomato sauce.
My meal was incredible, but so was the price - just £12.20 for an onion bhaji, Chicken Makhani, pilau rice and a plain naan.
Anoki Express has been my lockdown lifeline. Whenever their Express vans are in my area, I stock up and enjoy them fresh from the fridge or pop them in the freezer.
The service is perfect for key workers who want something quick yet tasty for dinner or for anyone who just fancies a night off from cooking.
Anoki deliver to locations across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, including some of the more rural areas.
You can order your meal from Anoki Express at www.anokiexpressrange.co.uk Head to their Facebook page faceboook.com/AnokiExpress for daily delivery areas as these alter each day. Order before 3pm and they aim to deliver by 8.30pm the same day.