Celebrating The Kebab Festival at Potli

I was recently invited to Potli in Hammersmith to celebrate The Kebab Festival (August 25th-12th September) which they launched in honour of their 10th anniversary. I was excited to try their authentic Indian cuisine in their warm and vibrant location.

Potli restaurant

Since its opening in August 2011, Potli strives to bring the best and most authentic Indian Marketplace cuisine to London. By blending the freshest local produce with exotic spices—which they roast and grind daily—they have created a menu of dynamic dishes, representative of food ‘bazaars’ from across India. Around 37 spices are used in their kitchen and each dish is prepared with its own unique mix of spices and it shows. I ordered a papadum basket to start with which may or may not have been a good idea as it took up the space I needed to reserve for my main meal but I have no regrets – the homemade chutneys were delicious!

Poppadums and chutneys at Potli Hammersmith

For the starters we went for a mixed kebab platter which was created especially for The Kebab Festival and consisted of a selection of Murgh banjara (our platter had salmon instead of chicken as we had meat for our mains), Barra chops (lamb) and Tandoori phool, chunky soya marinated in home pounded tandoori served with creamy broccoli. The salmon was flaky and not overcooked, the lamb was not overcooked at all and the soya and vegetables were very well seasoned. This gave us a great indication of how good the quality of the cooking would be for our mains.

Kebab festival mixed platter at Potli restaurant Hammersmith, London

What I particularly enjoyed about this platter aside from the freshness of the ingredients was the fact that I could taste the depth of the spices used, I love spicy (read as chilli hot) food but this reminded me that spicy food doesn’t necessarily just have to be peppery. For mains we went for tandoori chicken (which is starter but can be eaten as a main if ordered with sides), lamb coconut fry made with tender cuts of Kentish lamb, spices, coconut, curry leaves and crushed black pepper and pilau rice. The chicken was moist and tender and the lamb was absolutely delicious and flavoursome.

Although I was an invited guest I observed quite quickly all customers are treated with the care and attention that you would expect from a restaurant which cares about customer service. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and laid back and I would absolutely recommend that you should pay Potli a visit whether you’re in West London or now – it’s definitely worth it, you won’t be disappointed.

Potli Indian market food restaurant London
Mandira's Kitchen Who's For Dinner

Authentic Indian Food with Mandira’s Kitchen

I was recently gifted a few meal packs from Mandira’s Kitchen which was perfect timing because I had been craving indian cuisine for a few weeks and hadn’t got round to either making some or ordering a takeaway. I had the chance to select the dishes I wanted and chose Chicken Xacuti– Goan chicken in a spicy coconut sauce, Keema Mattar – minced lamb and emerald peas and Lehsuni Dal. The meals are frozen and arrive in great packaging – I really like the brand design of the boxes and the sections are perfect if you want to split them – basically each pack is compartmentalised into 2 sections so you can serve one or serve two at the same time. They arrived in insulated eco-friendly boxes so you can rest assured that your meals will arrive securely.

I made some rice to go with the dishes and I enjoyed them. I found the keema mattar to be quite aromatic in its spice and not hot enough for me (by hot I mean I had to add more chillies). I really enjoyed the Goan chicken, succulent without being overpowered by the coconut. The dal was good too, I’m a fan of lentils so it worked very well. I prepared mine in the oven (I don’t own a microwave) and it takes 35 minutes heat up but it’s worth it. As someone who doesn’t eat ready meals often these tasted much more homemade than most ready meals.

Mandira’s kitchen is an award-winning producer of authentic Indian food. Their all woman team is based out of a 400 year old cowshed, overlooking the magical Silent Pool in the Surrey Hills and they create freezer meals, and accompaniments such as chutneys and ice creams. All of the food is made using fresh produce, containing no gluten and they have vegan and dairy free options. Their meals are perfect for lockdown as they are delivered to any address in the UK. The range includes vegan, vegetarian, meat and fish dishes which can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Visit Mandira’s Kitchen to try their selection of meals. All Who’s For Dinner readers get £5 off order over £30 using WFD521 (subject to availability)

These items were gifted to me – I was not paid for this review.