Spicing up a true Yorkshire favourite

Chef Allam Ullah
Chef Allam Ullah

Yorkshire pud as you’ve never tasted it before – that’s the aim of chef Allam Ullah who is turning the regional classic into an Indian-style delicacy for the British Curry Festival in India next month.

Allam, 32, chef patron of Cutlers Spice at Gleadless, is one of seven top British curry chefs heading to the sub-continent for the ten-day event.

He will be helping to showcase the best of Anglo-Indian cooking at Kolkata’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. And his specialities include roast lamb with spicy Yorkshire pudding.

“Times have changed,” says Allam. “We’re moving away from the one-size-fits-all Indian sauce pot to dishes that are a lot more varied.”

He is looking forward to cooking alongside big names including Michelin-starred Dominic Chapman and also to experimenting with local produce.

“I like being outside my comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens and you grow as a chef,” he says. “There’s more to life than tikka masala and chicken bhuna.”

This will be Allam’s third trip with the festival, having previously travelled to southern India and Slovenia, where he cooked for the British Ambassador and 300 guests.