Here’s the inside track on how to cook a healthy curry – from Portsmouth’s experts

A SOUTHSEA curry house is in the running to be named the healthiest in the country – and today they share their secrets.  

Albert Road’s Akash has reached the finals of the English Curry Awards for ‘Healthy curry provider’, and the winner will be revealed on Monday. 

Faz and Jaf Ahmed from Akash in Southsea holding a healthy cooking class with students from Priory School, Portsmouth College and University of Portsmouth

Faz and Jaf Ahmed from Akash in Southsea holding a healthy cooking class with students from Priory School, Portsmouth College and University of Portsmouth

The curry house first recently garnered media attention after posting healthy cooking videos on social media. Faz Ahmed, the restaurant’s manager, said: ‘We certainly didn’t enter, but I believe our recent campaigns in educating people about healthy Indian food must’ve been seen by the English curry awards.

‘Our recent healthy cooking lessons with the university of Portsmouth, Portsmouth college and Priory school were seen all over the media and social networks.’

Akash keeps its curry dishes healthy by reducing the levels of sugar, salt, cream and oil at the request of the customers, as well as by starting a partnership with Better Gym Portsmouth.

Faz has high hopes that the restaurant will win in the ‘Healthy curry provider’ category, saying: ‘We have sent strong evidence of our campaigning of healthier food which included cooking lessons, radio shows and healthy menu and advice, which give customers healthier options. This demonstrates our passion in allowing people to eat more nutritious Indian food without feeling so guilty.

“There are healthy options in Indian restaurant such as tandoori chicken, shashliks, tikka chicken or lamb all high in protein as well as dall. We use a lot of vegetables like spinach, aubergine and okra.’

The English Curry Awards are being held in Dudley.