Curry house crowned top of the poppadums

Raj and family
Raj and family

A Ballater curry house was crowned ‘Top of the Poppadums’ at an awards ceremony at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom last week.

India on the Green, which was nominated for the award in September, was chosen as overall winner for the North-east in the Aberdeen Best Curry Awards on October 14.

This was the second annual event run by Aberdeen Lions. The evening was suitably spiced up by an appearance from EastEnders star Preeya Kalidas, who topped off the ceremony with a vocal performance.

Chef Raj, who runs India on the Green, said: “It’s great to win the award. We’ve already won an national award and winning on your home ground is more of a priviledge and more exciting.”

India on the Green, which replaced the award winning Green Inn, was put forward for the award by its customers and the Ballater community.

Raj said: “ We only use fresh, local produce, and unlike other Indian restaurants we don’t just have one basic sauce.

“By using local produce we are supporting our local shops and, in turn, they are supporting me.”

This is the fourth award won by the restaurant in just two months.

The best Aberdeenshire restaurant went to Tandoori Haven in Stonehaven, while the best in Aberdeen city was won by Light Of Bengal.

Last year’s top prize was also claimed by a Deeside establishment. Cafe Bombay, based in Peterculter picked up a second award at this year’s ceremony - the Socially Responsible.

The Deeside Indian restaurant was recognised with the award for raising £800 for charity.