Indian cuisine, specially prepared by Aagrah’s award-winning chefs, is the first choice of many when it comes to a big night out.
And Aagrah’s birthday – July 5 – will see guests get a whopping 45% off food and free discount card annual subscriptions, which usually cost £25 each.
But 69-year-old Kashmiri-born entrepreneur Mohammed, an avowed adoptive Yorkshireman, is really not ‘cod-ing’ when he says he will celebrate with the region’s traditional delicacy instead.
“I’m going to eat fish and chips. I like that. Because you like spice all the time you want to eat something different,” he laughed.
“I was born in Kashmir and came here when I was 13.
“But now I dream in English. When you dream in English. You’re British.”
He says having a dedicated family business, with its high standards and traditional home cooking recipes, bringing the real taste of Cashmere to Yorkshire, is the secret to his success.
The restaurant chain was founded in Shipley in 1977, but now also has outlets in Leeds city centre, Garforth, Chapel Allerton, Midpoint, Skipton, Wakefield, Tadcaster and Doncaster.
It has a purpose-built conference and banquet centre, The Midpoint Suite, Pudsey, which can accommodate up to 450 people, and a UK-wide outdoor catering unit .
All Aagrah branches have their own online takeout website which makes it easy to order, delivery is available and special offers on collected orders.
Aagrah also has a share of the home food market with a range of authentic Tarka cooking sauces from Aagrah Foods, available at stores such as Asda and Morrisons.
It serves cocktails, international gins and international beers, crafts and IPAs. It recently introduced new house beer Halka, a collaboration with Leeds-based Kirkstall Brewery.
With a hand-picked team of award-winning chefs, balancing traditional dishes and culinary innovation, it offers restaurant dining, hosts private events and take-out meals,
Proud Managing Director Mohammed, who started the company with his brother and current company chairman Mohammed Sabir, says the company has come a long way from those beginnings – and this is just the beginning of the journey, with more outlets, food and beverages to follow.
“I have no idea how many meals we’ve served in 45 years, it will be in the hundreds of thousands,” he said.
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