Slaithwaite restaurant Monsoon scoops two top health awards
Jul 24 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A SLAITHWAITE restaurant has become the first in Kirklees to scoop two top health awards.
Monsoon Indian restaurant on Britannia Road has won a five star food hygiene rating from Kirklees Environmental Health Services inspectors, plus a gold award for Kirklees Healthy Choice.
The gold award is the second Monsoon has received.
Manager Nijamul Islam said: “It’s really good – we are very pleased because we’re the first place in Kirklees to win both top awards.”
The healthy choice award is something the restaurant staff are particularly proud of.
Since establishing the eaterie 10 years ago, Mr Islam says they have had a policy of never adding extra food colourings or artificial flavours themselves.
They also use vegetable oil in their cooking and vegetable-based ghee instead of higher cholesterol animal-based products.
Monsoon also has a separate healthy choice menu.
Mr Islam said: “Our general menu is quite healthy anyway, but we do have one just for healthy options.
“It’s good for people to know that Indian food doesn’t need to be unhealthy.”
You can try to recreate one of Monsoon’s health recipes at home.
Grilled Salmon fish fillets: Serves 4
4 medium salmon fish fillets
1 tsp garlic pulp
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1. Line a flameproof dish or grill tray with foil. Rinse and pat dry the fish fillets and put them on the foil-lined dish or tray.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, garam masala, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, fresh coriander, oil and lemon juice.
3. Using a pastry brush, paste the fish fillets evenly all over with spice and lemon juice mixture.
4. Preheat the grill to very hot, then lower the heat to medium. Grill the fillets for about 10 minutes, pasting occasionally, until they are cooked right through.
Serve immediately with an attractive garnish, such as grated carrot, tomato quarters and lime slices.