Spicing up slimming for diners

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For people trying to watch their waistline, dining out can be a potential minefield with worries of sky high calorie counts ruining the experience.

But one Doncaster restaurant may have the answer, with the introduction of a new slimming menu that skimps on calories, not taste.

At Aagrah in Woodlands, diners will now be able to order a lower calorie alternative to their favourite Indian.

Owner and executive chef, Liaqat Ali, who opened the restaurant more than 18-years-ago, says staff decided to offer the slimming menu as part of a drive to get Doncaster healthier and following customer feeback.

“The main reason for the menu is for customer demand, because customers are always asking us for the healthier dishes,” says Liaqat.

He added: “Our dishes are already quite healthy because we don’t use ghee when cooking normally, but they are even healthier with the slimming menu.

“The customers seem to really like it, and we are probably the first Indian restaurant in Doncaster to offer this.”

The slimming menu is available now, and in addition to offering tasty low fat alternatives to the restaurant’s other dishes, Aagrah has also hosted a number of taster evenings, through which people attending are shown how the slimming dishes are cooked.

Guests are even given tips on how to prepare their own low-fat curries.

Amanda Farrell runs Slimming World groups in Wheatley and Rossington, and says her members have really enjoyed tucking in during the demonstration evenings and are ‘very pleased’ with the slimming menu.

According to Amanda, who brought 68 other Slimming World members to the most recent demonstration evening, the reason the slimming menu has been so well received is because people ordering from it can be certain the food is being cooked with low fat oils. She says: “We were able to have the curries before, but it’s so much better now we have been able to come out and see how they’re making them. And they taste exactly the same as they did before.

“Often when you eat out, you can ask for the food to be cooked in a certain way with low fat oil but you can’t be certain that they’ve listened.

Aagrah was established in Bradford in 1977, since then have opened 15 other restaurants across the county and is trialling its slimming menu in Doncaster first.

Currently the slimming menu offers a wide selection of popular dishes such as balti chicken and chala masala but Liaqat says the plan is to condense it, once customers have given feedback on its offerings.