Barfi Catering is set up by founder Radhika Jairath roughly 2 years ago. The business supplies a variety of cuisines from Indian to Chinese and English to events such as business lunches, parties and weddings. The Barfi Catering food box is a recent addition that is aimed at feeding 2-3 people.
Food can be catered to your requirements, so on this occasion, I asked to try out the Barfi Catering Indian food box. I specified that I do not eat beef or lamb and that I would like the dishes to be mostly vegetarian with a couple of meat options. Here is what I got!
Indian food box
The food you get will obviously depend on your specific requirements, but here’s what I got in mine as an example.
- Jeera rice
- Daal Makhani
- Mali Broccoli
- Chicken Methi Masala
- Chicken Seekh Kebab
- Cookie dough
The naan was really nice. Not overly oily and the thickness is perfect for scooping up the daal and methi masala. The jeera rice was perfectly cooked and lightly spiced, perfect for soaking up the sauces.
The daal makhani is easily the star of the meal for me. It’s a modern take on the black daal, the latter of which I first tried at Dishoom. Kundan Lal Jaggi, an award-winning chef in Delhi, India, is credited with inventing the daal makhani. Having invented butter chicken, he was inspired to make a vegetarian dish that would go along with it. The depth of flavour and smokiness in the daal makhani really appeals to me and it’s one plate I could easily have over and over again.
The salad brought a nice refreshing palate cleanser to the meal. It contains mostly quinoa and spinach with some plum tomatoes, fusilli pasta, radish and dill. I definitely appreciated this element of the meal.
I originally had hesitations with the mali/malai broccoli as the colour was leaning more on the yellow side and I feared it was overcooked. It wasn’t. In fact, the broccoli had a good bite to it so my fears were allayed. Mali/malai broccoli is made by coating the vegetable in cream, yoghurt, cheese and spices; in fact, mali/malai means cream.
The methi in the chicken methi masala refers to fenugreek. I am used to seeing fenugreek seeds, but it is actually the leaves that are used in this dish. The masala curry was fragrant and rich in flavour and the chicken had a melt in your mouth quality. It was really good.
I can’t comment much on the chicken seekh kebab. It was pleasant but nothing mind-blowing. I think part of this is just due to the fact that I personally don’t think much about kebab meat in general. Having said that, I did appreciate the chunk of fresh coriander on them and they weren’t too dry or overly fatty.
The cookie dough was a nice treat at the end of the meal. It was chewy yet retained some of its bite. The overall flavour was rich and if you are a cookie dough lover, you will like this.
However, one can argue the portion is also a bit on the small side for 2-3 people to share. 2 might be doable if you don’t like too much dessert or if your partner is not keen on it, but I think the sizing of this needs increasing a smidge.
For me personally, I think I would opt out of this if given a choice in favour of more of a specific savoury option. I just think Barfi Catering really shine in its savoury dishes as opposed to this one dessert. More daal, please!
Overall, I really like the dishes from Barfi Catering. Each box feeds 2-3 people. I don’t eat much so it took me roughly 3 meals to eat through everything, so I imagine someone who eats an average amount might find this to be 2 portions
A box for vegetarians costs £40, whereas one including meat costs £50. Menu items rotate so it’s best to get in touch with them directly to find out more.