Nirmal celebrates with charity night

From left: Helen Winsor, Sue Mallon, Nirmal and Parshotum Gupta
From left: Helen Winsor, Sue Mallon, Nirmal and Parshotum Gupta

Sheffield’s doyenne of Indian cuisine celebrated her 30th anniversary on Tuesday – by raising more than £3,000 for charity.

Nirmal Gupta, who launched her eponymous Glossop Road restaurant in 1981, staged this week’s anniversary celebration in support of women’s cancer charities.

The restaurant was packed for the occasion as customers paid £25 each for a gourmet buffet showcasing some of the dishes that have made Nirmal’s a local legend.

The feast began with poppadoms and home-made pickles, followed by onion bhajis and chicken tikka pakora, then the highlight: a buffet that included her trademark lamb massalam, own-recipe curried parsnips, chicken jalfrezi, saag paneer and special rice.

There was also a chance to taste some of the latest dishes on the Nirmal’s menu, such as chicken tikka sizzler – moist chunks of chicken, delicately spiced, with a hint of mustard, served on a cast iron platter.

All profits, along with the proceeds of a raffle and a charity auction, will go to the Cycle Kenya team – Sue Mallon, Helen Winsor and Scarlett Woodhouse of Taptonville Dental Practice.

They are setting off in February to cycle 400km, from Mount Kenya to Lake Victoria, in support of Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Sue said: “We’re great fans of Nirmal’s and we’re very grateful for this opportunity to raise such a brilliant sum towards our target.”

Lesley Draper