Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
The humble Yorkshire pudding is beloved across the UK. It’s a vital part of a roast – frankly, Sundays wouldn’t be the same without them.
But why do we confine the Yorkie to a roast dinner plate? Surely it’s a waste of such a delightful little treat?!
Keen to change this, one Indian restaurant is serving Yorkshire puddings stuffed full of chicken tikka, and we don’t know about you, but we’re utterly obsessed with the idea.
Selling for a fiver, the tikka-stuffed Yorkshire puds are being offered as a starter at Spice Fusion in Kent, and come stuffed with sliced chicken tikka pieces and a chaat masala, which is a seasoning made of green mango, fennel seeds, chilli powder and Himalayan black salt.
Speaking exclusively to Twisted, Rajeev Gupte, owner of the restaurant, explains how he came up with the Indian twist on a Yorkshire pudding, and also gave us some deets on how the inventive dish is selling following its launch just over a month ago.
Telling us that the puddings came about after he was left with excess Yorkshire puds following Christmas Dinner, he says: “I thought, you could put something in here, couldn’t you?
“So I spoke to chef and we came up with the dish and it’s going down really well so far. People are intrigued by it, and they want to try it.”
This isn’t the first time the restaurant has created British and Indian fusion dishes. In fact, they also sell Stilton stuffed naan breads, following a whacky invention from Rajeev and his partner back in the second lockdown.
“The cheese tastes a little milder than you expect once it’s cooked in the naan, and bizarrely the stilton naan is probably one of our bestsellers.
“Customers say to us, where has this been all my life? It works particularly well with our lamb dishes.”
We don’t know about you, but this restaurant sounds like a bit of us.
Rajeev’s Indian eatery might be home to the first curry-filled Yorkshire, but elsewhere, others are also starting to catch onto the idea of making the savoury pud the star of the show, too.
In Manchester, Simon Rogan’s son even invented a whole menu dedicated to Yorkshire puddings, also using them as a vehicle to stuff full of delicious toppings.
Craig Rogan, who is the Executive Chef at Leeds’ Dakota Bar and Grill, is selling Yorkies stuffed blue cheese, bone marrow mash and caramelised onion gravy, and wild mushroom, pearl onion and smoked pancetta, with a Easingwold pork stuffing.
According to The Hoot, they’ll cost between £4 and £7, and will only be available on Sundays.
We’re loving seeing the humble Yorkie getting the credit it deserves.