Forget Master Chef, the Indian Ocean in Ashton-under-Lyne is offering three lucky winners the chance to get their recipes featured on the restaurant’s menu.


We're launching a competition to look for the best original, vegetarian and healthy Indian dishes, with the winning entry from each category appearing on the a la carte menu.


Kicking off this week during National Vegetarian Week (NVW) we're calling on our customers and the public to submit their tastiest veggie dishes.  We’ll collect entries throughout the week from Monday 23rd– Sunday 29th May then compile a shortlist of our favourites.  Customers will then be asked to vote for their favourite through an online poll on our website and Facebook page.  The three recipes with the most votes will then go head-to-head in a grand finale tasting event at the restaurant where the Indian Ocean chefs will create the dishes for revellers to taste and crown the winner.



Indian Ocean owner Nahim Aslam hopes the competitions will attract some good entries and maybe even find them a permanent addition to the menu.  He said, “We’ve got a very loyal and regular client base who are really passionate about the restaurant and our food.  We wanted to give something back to them and give them an opportunity to make a difference at the Indian Ocean.  Our customers constantly tell us about the curries they’ve made at home and always ask for recipes and tips; well now we’re asking them for theirs!  We know there are some dark horses out there and we’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with.”


By starting the competition during National Vegetarian Week the restaurant hope to encourage people to think a little differently about the food they eat and in particular, Indian food.  Nahim explains, “There’s a stereotype around Indian food of being very meat based and in the British market this is true.  With the popularity of Chicken Tikka Massala, Lamb Rogan Josh and snacks like Shish Kebabs, Indian food in England is very meat orientated.”  Things couldn’t be more different in India itself where a third of the population describe themselves as vegetarian.  Nahim continues, “Many authentic and regional Indian dishes are vegetarian, relying heavily on lentils and pulses as well as fruits and vegetables.  We hope that our competition might encourage people to try more vegetarian foods and have fun cooking with vegetables.”


To take part in the competition send your suggestions, recipes, pictures and videos to [email protected] or post them on our Facebook page.  Entries for the “Create Your Own Vegetarian Curry” will close at 23:59 on Sunday 29th May 2011.  Top 10 entries will be announced w/c Monday 6th June on the Indian Ocean website and Facebook page.  If your dish makes it to the Top 3 and into the Grand Final the restaurant will contact you personally so remember to include contact details with your entry.