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Hardeep Singh Kohli tests Leicester curry chefs during Curve comedy show


It was one of the most important takeaway orders the Chutney Ivy restaurant had ever received.

Comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, appearing at Curve, made the order to test his Indian cookery skills against them.

The Glaswegian comic is touring the country with his act Indian Takeaway – an evening of comedy, cooking and curry.

Members of the audience arriving for the show were given a menu from the restaurant – which is across the road from Curve – and asked to pick a similar dish to the one the comic intended to cook.

Prior to the evening, Hardeep had spoken of his concerns at competing against the city's restaurants.

"The thing about Leicester is that is has some amazing Indian food so it's going to be difficult to live up to," he said.

"I'd say Leicester is the place I'm most worried about."

The comic, a finalist on TV's Celebrity Masterchef, cooked lamb pepper curry with cabbage, leek and broccoli, tahka dhal with butternut squash, sweet potato and basmati rice during his act.

The restaurant's owner, Shaf Islam, had one of his chefs' special dishes harri massala ka gost, with lamb, spinach, mustard seeds, garlic, coriander and onions and the chef's "special" spices prepared.

Then a handful of the audience were chosen to carry out the taste test.

The result?

A draw, with half opting for the comedian's dish, the others going for the restaurant's offering.

Chutney Ivy's owner Shaf Islam said: "When Hardeep asked us I was more than happy to oblige. I was flattered.

"It's a unique show. I took the meal over and was able to enjoy a few minutes of his act. He is very funny, it looked a great show."

He said a lot of the audience arrived at the restaurant to eat after the show.

"They all seemed impressed with our food and his show."

Hardeep said: "This is sort of a celebration of the phenomenon of Indian food in this country. Every high street pretty much has an Indian restaurant, no matter how big or small.

"It's a very interactive show. They choose the dish we order and I cook something similar but not exactly the same.

"And I have no other skills. I'd never have had a girlfriend if I couldn't cook.

"I like to chat with the audience and the shows are never the same. It's a little bit like being in my kitchen with 500 mates waiting to be fed."

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