About Akbar The Great Indian Restaurant

Best Indian Restaurant in Darlington, Durham DL3 7JJ

About Us Akbar The Great Indian Restaurant DL3

Abu'l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar, popularly known as Akbar I and later Akbar the Great, was Mughal Emperor from 1556 until his death. He was the third and one of the greatest rulers of the Mughal Dynasty in India. Akbar was a patron of art and culture — and under his leadership the foundations for a multicultural empire were formed — and it's from this vast and diversified land that we bring you a taste of India.

Whilst India has eaten spicy food from time immemorial, it was not until the Moghul invasions that Indian curry flowered into its finest form. The invaders brought with them a number of new culinary ideas which blended happily with the old Hindu and Muslim styles of cooking. Chief amongst these were: increased use of meat in dishes, the infusion of different spices and the introduction of traditional dishes from Persia, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The new styles of cooking attained their perfection in Punjab, Bengal, Bangladesh and Northern India, and these regions of Pakistan and India are renowned for their irresistible and exotic concoctions, blending the subtle flavours of several spices so that each plays its part in producing the overall effect.

Our menu takes the best of the centuries old tradition of North Indian cooking, the experience and flair of our chefs is such as to make it a veritable art form, major or minor — depending on whether you are a gourmet or not! We are often asked why people living in a hot climate should eat curry at all? "Doesn't it make you feel hotter?". A moment's reflection will however, provide the answer - the eating of spicy food promotes perspiration which is the first step towards regaining your sense of well-being in a hot climate. Funnily enough, curry is equally effective in a cold and damp climate. Like the wearing of silk; curry is 'cool in the summer, but warm in the winter'.

The ingredients we use are the finest available, fresh spices are prepared and ground in our kitchen just before they are used, thus retaining the maximum flavour. The best grades of Basmati and Patna Rice go into our Pilaus and Biryanis, the meat is always lean and tender — and we source the best fresh vegetables available.