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Moja, Leabrooks (Nov 2013)

Thursday 12/19/2013 6:30:28 PM

Please excuse me everyone for I am currently bouncing around the nest like a demented Sparrow with excitement. I have found the Holy Grail!!! That’s right, a takeaway that actually produces tasty fayre..... Let me enlighten you.....

In Leabrooks (just out of the technical Somercotes boundary), there is a fairly small, unassuming building that calls itself “MOJA”, selling Indian food to takeaway. Now I love Indian cuisine, but experience has always taught me that takeout establishments, as opposed to Restaurants that also offer takeaway options, normally churn out quite oily, fiery concoctions that do not do any justice whatsoever to this type of food. So when the chief bird decided to try Moja, I was fairly sceptical - to the point I had defrosted something as a standby meal.

 However, when he came back with the order, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The Poppadoms were fresh and obviously made at the premises, as opposed to being cash and carry pre-packed ones and the pickle tray was varied and the lime pickle wasn’t swimming in oil, which usually happens. The other starters we ordered were Prawn Puri and Garlic Chicken Tikka. The puri bread wasn’t soggy at all, and the tikka was beautifully spiced, not just the usual blast of over-powering garlic. And there were plenty of Prawns and Chicken meat in both dishes, which brings me nicely to my next point  about the main dishes... when I say the takeout trays could not have held another morsel, I really, really mean it. We ordered Prawn Korma, Rangpur Chicken and King Prawn Karahi for our mains, with 2 portions of Pilau rice and a garlic naan and a plain naan (which came with the Rangpur chicken I think). The food was piping hot, absolutely crammed chockablock with the meats they were meant to have in them, and no layer of oil floating on the top. As you can probably tell, I absolutely hate food swimming in grease, it just isn’t necessary when food is cooked properly and to be honest it looks blooming horrible when you see it in a takeout tray doesn’t it ? The dishes were spiced properly so that you got the different flavours rather than just having your feathers stripped off by overwhelming chilli heat. The rice was nice and fluffy, not all clagged together and the breads were fresh and soft too.

If you haven’t tried this particular takeaway place before, I can heartily recommend it. It isn’t stupidly priced, and it is easy to park in the co-op car park on Leabrooks Corner if you don’t want to just pull up on the main road. They also do delivery within the locale if you can’t be faffed to venture out yourself.

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