Everyone loves a takeaway, but here are a few suggestions that may tempt you to put down the phone and pick up a pan instead...
£30 billion, we can all agree, is a lot of money. It’s also the British public’s average yearly spend on takeaway meals. They've evolved and risen to incredible popularity since the 1800s and, with that in mind, here are some takeaway classics you can prepare in your own kitchen...
Chicken tikka masala
Allegedly invented in Glasgow (although Birmingham and Newcastle also hold claims), chicken tikka masala is the most popular order at Indian eateries. If you want to increase the authenticity, pair it with this pistachio pilau rice recipe for the ultimate Indian meal at home.
Chinese beef stir-fry
Chinese stir-fries are among the most popular takeaway dishes. This recipe can be prepared faster than the time it will take to order in, so put down the phone and give it a go.
Thai red curry
Thai red curry is traditionally made with chicken or pork, but this veggie version with tofu works just as well. Shop-bought curry pastes are of an increasingly high quality, but be warned, shrimp paste is a common ingredient in Thai food, so check the label to make sure your curry paste is vegetarian friendly.
Originating in Italy, pizza can now be found in every corner of the globe. Two distinct styles exist - the thin and crispy Italian version and the American deep-pan. This recipe follows the Italian method. The simple toppings are open to experimentation, so add a bit of what you fancy.
Fish, chips & mushy peas
A truly British dish, fish and chips remains in the UK’s top three takeaway choices, despite stiff competition from international rivals. By making some simple substitutions, this recipe is healthier than your local chip shop’s offerings, but remains every bit as delicious.
The last few years have seen a burger renaissance of meaty proportions. Gourmet chains have sprung up throughout the country and all manner of chefs have concocted their own interpretations. This recipe by John Torode is a towering example of just how good homemade takeaway classics can be.
Southern fried chicken
This tasty recipe is miles better than those stale drumsticks behind the counter. It’s also baked in the oven, making it much healthier as well.
Recent trends show that Britain’s takeaway habits have taken on a healthier slant. As such, sushi, with its fresh ingredients and clean tastes, is racing up the popularity polls. Tasty and easy to make, sushi is not as fiddly as it sometimes appears. It’s also great for getting children involved in cookery. Why not give it a try?
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