Pumpkin up the curry

4. Takeaways

Green Chillies, London, SE10

Green Chillies is a classic takeaway: no airs and graces but good-to-honest curries, friendly service and exceptional value.

There are numerous specials worth a mention. Pumpkin Bhaji (£2.95) is an unusual side dish with the vegetable served in strips and lightly spiced. This should be ordered with something extra spicy such as a Chicken Jalfrezi (£6.45). There is also Honey Khany (lamb £6.65), another very mild dish of cashew nuts, sultanas and ground cashew nuts in a sauce that contains honey. Again, the mildness should probably be offset with side dish with a kick such as a Vegetable Curry (£2.45) and maybe mopped up with a Hot n Spicy nan (£2.05). Cheesy Chicken (£7.45) a dish of tikka chicken in a bhuna sauce and covered in cheese, is also worth a try.

But it’s the traditional dishes where Green Chillies really comes into its own with sauces deliciously textured and cooked in the perfect amount of oil. The grid display in the excellent small-sized menu makes it easy to choose from all the classics and all are offered with veg, chicken, chicken tikka, lamb, lamb tikka, prawn, fish or king prawn. Chicken Rogon (£4.25) and Prawn Dopiaza (£4.95) are recommended with Pilau rice (£1.95) and a chapati (£1.15)

Parking: on side streets off Blackheath Road.

Delivery: free on orders over £12 (menu doesn’t specify a distance).

Specials: free papadom and relish with every order. A 10 per cent discount for orders collected. Bombay Potato or Onion Bhaji on orders over £20 and a bottle of Coke on orders over £30. There is also a regulars’ card where you get a stamp every time you spend £12 and your sixth curry will be free.

Beer while you’re waiting: the Graduate, a good old local boozer is opposite.

Green Chillies, 110 Blackheath Road, SE10 8DA. Tel: 020 8469 1719 or 020 8691 8040. Open: daily 5.30pm-11pm.

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