We tried Nama-Stay For Dinner’s new Indian food delivery service and were blown away

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It’s nice to go out for a meal with friends and family – especially after months of hospitality being closed due to the covid pandemic. But, there’s an undeniable appeal to relaxing at home and having a delicious dinner delivered to your doorstep.

With delivery services available across the county, you can get everything from breakfast muffins to sushi. Of course, there’s also all the takeaways, including fish and chips and curry.

Nama-Stay For Dinner is a recently launched family food delivery business, offering authentic Indian dishes, with a menu that changes weekly. Photos of the dishes caught my eye on Instagram, so I decided to find out if the food tasted as good as it looked.

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Nama-Stay For Dinner was launched in December 2020 by Sapna Trehan-Pattani. According to Sapna, who is Punjabi, she cooked her family meals from the age of around 12 or 13, and has always been passionate about showcasing her heritage through the use of fresh, quality ingredients associated with her. to freshly ground homemade spice blends to bring out the best in a dish.

She says she felt let down by trips to some of Leicester’s curry houses, where she felt the menus were stretched to include far too many dishes which often lacked authenticity compared to the dishes that Indians eat at home. According to Sapna, many commercial restaurants use generic base sauces to create their dishes, and she wanted to show diners that Indian cuisine is “one of the most diverse and incredible cuisines out there and should be celebrated way more. than what is currently on the mainstream culinary scene.”

So after being made redundant following the pandemic in December 2020, she decided to take the plunge and start selling authentic home-cooked food in Leicestershire. Sapna says her goal is to share her heritage and passion with others through food as she believes a well-cooked meal shared with others is one of life’s greatest joys.

Based in Scraptoft, Nama-Stay For Dinner is currently offering deliveries in Leicestershire, as well as Nuneaton and Bedworth, on a Saturday. Run by Sapna and her husband Anand, it’s a small operation, with just 15 delivery slots available per week.

Orders can be placed via Instagram or Facebook, or by calling Nama-Stay For Dinner. Orders must be placed before 9 p.m. Wednesday.



Our food from Nama-Stay For Dinner

The menu is 80% North Indian (Punjabi), but with some Gujarati influences, as Sapna married into a Gujarati family. She says they often prepare snacks from Mumbai, which she has incorporated into the menu.

She keeps the menu relatively small, but changes it weekly to allow customers to try new dishes. There are starters, main courses and sides, and there is a thali option – which stood out to me as I like to try a bit of everything.

Basically, you choose five dishes per person, one of which must be a starter, plus one type of bread. Your chosen dishes are also served with rice. The price is £18.75 for an individual or £37.50 per couple – that’s what we’ve chosen.

For my starter, from a choice of seven, I chose the paneer tikki kathi roll. For mains, from a choice of five, I opted for butter chicken, homemade lamb masala, tadka daal and Bombay aloo, as well as a garlic naan.

My husband Simon chose a chilli chicken starter and mains of homemade lamb masala, tadka daal, paneer tikka masala and Bombay aloo, plus a bhatura from the bread selection. Onion rice was on the menu that week, and I was intrigued to try this as it’s not something I’ve had before.



Our thalis
Our thalis

Meals are delivered cold, with instructions to heat them up and eat them at your convenience. They are easy to follow and require a few minutes in the microwave for most meal items, or in the pan for bread products.

We were happy to find that the food came with two palm leaf thalis, so we could make the meals look pretty and authentic, rather than just putting them on a plate.

My paneer kathi roll started the meal well. The sweet paratha contained deliciously spiced pieces of paneer, topped with charred peppers and pickled onions. Simon’s chilli chicken was excellent, having been fried in a mixture of spring onions, chilli and garlic which gave a nice flavor.

The butter chicken was wonderfully rich and creamy, and tasted slightly spicier than previous versions I’ve had, which I was perfectly happy with. We both enjoyed the house style lamb containing a generous amount of tender, simmered lamb, in a lovely fragrant fenugreek sauce.

With a healthy dose of delicious garlic, the tarka daal – a traditional lentil dish – was delicious, as was the spicy and tangy Bombay aloo, made with chunks of potato fried in warm mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric and coriander and garnished with dried mango powder. Simon was very happy with his creamy paneer tikka masala, which included lots of chunks of this lovely cheese.



Kathi paneer roll
Kathi paneer roll

We enjoyed both breads, the soft and chewy garlic naan and the richer tasting bhatura – fried sourdough bread, which we hadn’t tried before. The onion rice was something else we hadn’t had before, but we really enjoyed it, thanks to the buttered onions which really enhanced the flavor of the rice.

Verdict

It was a superb meal, full of delicious fresh flavors. Yes, you have to reheat it yourself (for a few minutes in the microwave!) but all the hard work has already been done – clearly by someone who has a great understanding and passion for the type of food she cooks. .

The ordering process was simple and we received a notification when our delivery was in progress. It was delivered with a smile and there was a thank you card inside one of the food bags which is a nice touch – and makes you realize how important it is to support local businesses .

We thought the thali was a great way to experience many different dishes and enjoyed every part of the meal. The food was absolutely faultless and I would definitely eat it!

Food hygiene rating: 5/5

Our rating: 5/5

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