Potato crisps inspired by a Scottish restaurant’s recipe are being munched throughout Britain after being selected by the company which produces 11 million bags of the snacks every day.
The Indian-Bangladeshi Radhuni, current Scottish Curry Restaurant of the Year, on the outskirts of Edinburgh is one of only four restaurants in the UK featured in Walkers’ new ‘Local Taste Icons’ range. The Madras Curry flavour was inspired by one of the most popular dishes served in its restaurant, tucked away behind a modest entrance in the small former coal mining town of Loanhead in Midlothian.
“We picked The Radhuni and its iconic Madras Curry after considerable research into their community impact and customer reviews,” said Katherine Cook from Walkers, whose Leicester factory uses 800 tonnes of potatoes a day. “The restaurant stood out particularly because of its success and generosity while also still being a family-owned business.”
Radhuni raised £10,000 for the NHS and served thousands of free meals to front-line workers during the pandemic. Its story is told on the back of the crisp packets.
The others restaurants are in Wetherby in West Yorkshire, Newcastle and London, respectively featuring fish and chips, Thai and Mexican food flavours.
“The recipe for Chicken Madras Curry has been handed down through generations of our family,” said Radhuni Managing Partner Habibur Khan (pictured). “It has evolved slightly with customers’ changing tastes but has always had distinctive flavours of the Indian sub-continent streaming through it.”
He added: “It’s a unique honour to have our name and story on a flavour of crisps made by the best-known manufacturer of the products in the UK. We’re bursting with pride just as much as our curries are bursting with flavour!”
Walkers has launched the new range to mark the contributions made by local restaurants throughout Britain during the pandemic.