Last Updated on June 10, 2020 by Lucy Foxell
Vegan curry feast for four delivered to your door.
Spicebox is a local curry house, based in Walthamstow London. Normally, in their restaurant, they offer fresh, modern spins on curry house classics which happen to be vegan. But, life for the restaurant industry right now is far from normal and since lockdown, like many London restaurants, they have turned their business upsidedown with the aim of keeping things going for staff and customers alike. If you live in Walthamstow you can order from their click and collect or delivery menu from Tuesday to Sunday evenings. And now, North East London’s favourite neighbourhood vegan curry house are sharing their spicy flavours with the nation by launching family curry night recipe boxes. They have a brand new nationwide delivery service on Thursday and Fridays, encouraging isolating households and families to indulge in the beloved British tradition of ‘Friday night curry’ – a small but vital pleasure in these difficult times.
Living in lockdown has meant that many restaurants have been creating new ways for people to access their services and to be able to enjoy restaurant-quality food in the comfort of their own homes. Friday night has long been curry night in our house, so what better way to enjoy it than with an inviting box of goodies delivered right to our door filled with all of the ingredients needed to make a delicious 100% plant-based Tikka Masala (or Cashew and Coconut Korma) family feast for four. My son is a vegan so it’s an ideal meal for all the family to enjoy together.
The box arrived on Friday morning. It included a recipe card and a selection of delicious-looking fresh vegetables – red onions, green peppers, green beans, a cauliflower, a lemon, a bunch of coriander and bay leaves. Plus a tin of kidneys beans, coconut milk, basmati rice, some SpiceBox date and tamarind chutney, four samosas, four pea kachori, a pack of readymade fresh tarka dahl, SpiceBox tikka masala sauce and two large naan breads.
So, with all the family present we set to putting our meal together. It took no more than an hour to prepare and cook our vegan curry and that all added to the sense of fun and camaraderie. The instructions were simple and easy to follow but if you prefer an extra helping hand, SpiceBox’s founder Grace has created accompanying YouTube recipe videos which are live on SpiceBox’s YouTube channel, SpiceBox TV.
On my last visit to India, I took a cookery class where I learnt to cook a classic masala curry, so it was rather exciting to be embarking on another cooking journey redolent of India to indulge the senses. The end result looked wonderfully colourful and was full of authentic flavours and aromas.
The tikka masala veg curry was a great success, it was brimming with flavour and punchy spices; tasty chunks of roasted cauliflower, crunchy green peppers along with kidney beans in a rich creamy tomato sauce.
Served alongside a velvety tarka dahl infused with warm spices, perfectly cooked rice, scrumptious samosa and crunchy pea kachori. Kicked off with wedges of lemon and an excellent date and tamarind chutney on the side.
Lockdown can be pretty dull, so I can recommend bringing some cheer to your door, with SpiceBox’s great service. It tasted delicious, and it brought the whole family together for a night of feasting and fun.
Each box generously feeds 4 people and is priced at £45 per box. £2.50 from all boxes sold is given straight to SpiceBox’s charity partner, The Woodland Trust.
Find out more from the SpiceBox website
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London E17 4PG
Looking to try more Indian vegan recipes at home? We love this red lentil dhal with coconut – if you can’t wait for Spicebox, why not give it a try!