Planet India has long been one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants. Their authentic Indian offerings have always kept me going back for more. So, when asked to review their revamped takeaway service, I jumped at the opportunity. Their menu includes many of the original dishes and they now offer home delivery to anywhere within a 2-mile radius of Brighton.
Within 30 mins from ordering there was a knock on the door and we were greeted by the beaming smile of the restaurant owner Neez. He explained that he’d included two more of his favourite curries to our order. Now with a food mountain to scale, we started with the Bhel Puri. It comes in separate containers and you combine the dry mix and sauce on serving. Once the two unite, the whole dish starts to crackle and pop. This dish is a must-try; Fresh, flavoursome and fun.
Plate one; Aubergine in Yogurt, Spinach & Paneer and Urad Dal. The Aubergines were cooked to perfection and added a pleasing texture to this creamy and flavoursome dish. Spinach and Paneer is an all-time favourite of mine and this is perhaps the best example I have found. The smoky notes of the Spinach add an earthy grounding to this dish which is lifted by the creamy Panneer and harmonises perfectly with the spices. For an extra hit of heat, we added a side of the Urad Dal. It worked a treat.
Plate two; Masoor Dal Curry, Peas Paneer curry and Cumin Rice. These are the dishes that were gifted by Neez and are listed as his favourites on their menu. The Peas pop as you bite and creamy Paneer is beautifully balanced with warm spices. Pairing this with the freshness and full flavour of Masoor Dal Curry is recommended and I can see why Neez is so enthused by these two dishes. I chose a Thepla to crown my dinner. Like a Chapati, but the addition of fenugreek leaves and sesame seeds to give extra depth of flavour.
With no room left in our bellies, the Samosa was put aside for my son’s breakfast. He’s well acquainted with spicy, so this gave him a great spice kick into the day.
Top tasting, great service, full bellies and thumbs up all around.
Planet India takeaway is available Tuesday – Saturday from 5.00 – 8.30 pm with free delivery on orders over £20 within a two-mile radius of BN1. You can order and pay via the website here