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Bringing the culture of India to Cambs in a traditional dining experience with secret family recipes

A unique new dining experience has opened in Cambridgeshire, offering the ultimate menu to tickle the taste buds from a range of traditional Indian home-cooked recipes. From street food, curries, desserts and sides, you can indulge in the ultimate feast of spices sourced from an Indian farm and secret family recipes.

With the slogan; ‘Coffee by day, curry by night’, The Mohak Cafe at Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire introduced a new dining experience featuring delicious Indian cuisine created from family recipes for centuries. The recipes are made from spices that have been transported from their family farm in India.

The new dining experience at Mohak Cafe, called ‘Mohak Indian Thali Experience’ was created by Popat and Bharti Godhaniya when they wanted to bring India’s traditional way of eating and farming to Cambridgeshire. Both from India, Popat came to the UK 10 years ago to meet his wife, Bharti, who was living in Leicester at the time.

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The couple met online while Popat was still in India, he later arrived in the UK and met Bharti in Leicester, they have been together ever since. Looking for a new business, Popat and Bharti decided to move to Cambridgeshire in 2015, where they have been setting up businesses ever since.

Having already shared their family recipes with the people of Cambridgeshire, Popat explains that they have already sold their curries in Haslingfield and Barrington, with Popat saying “our curries are already popular in the area”. Popat explained, “We’ve been serving our curries for a number of years, so people know our curries are completely different from restaurant curries.”

They sold their curries to local shops and then in September 2021 the couple bought Mohak Cafe after owning a former cafe. Today they continue to bring the flavors of India to Cambridgeshire through a unique dining experience.

Talking about their new business and their cooking experience, Popat said, “It’s different, a completely unique concept. My wife has always wanted to do something that relates to our roots. She loves to cook and her passion is cooking.” .

Explaining what makes their curries different, Popat said: “They are homemade and the recipes were passed down from my wife’s mother who passed it down to her and her grandmother passed it down to her mother.” Adding that they don’t put yoghurt, milk or flour in their curries.

Providing a traditional Indian way of dining, you will be provided with a large plate with small bowls of curries so you can try an arrangement of flavors. Popat said, “We just give small portions of curries and then top them up with whatever they need.” Adding: ‘We don’t cut corners, we cook food from reservations only so we know how much we make and so there is no wasted food.’

The Mohak Cafe is in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire

Another reason the couple started the dining experience was because they felt there was a gap in the market for authentic Indian food in Cambridgeshire. Popat said when they first moved to Cambridgeshire in 2015 they were “really disappointed” at the lack of this cuisine in the area.

Now offering a new dining experience, Popat and Bharti want to share their love of cooking and Indian cuisine with the people of Cambridgeshire, bringing something different to the county. You can indulge in a platter of vibrant and delicious curries, including sides of naans, rice, samosas, dips and pickles during the weekends.

The “Mohak Indian Thali Experience” is available on Friday and Saturday evenings, with the experience starting at 7:15 p.m. for each guest and ending around 10:00 p.m. It’s £36 per person and certainly worth every penny as Popat and Bharti will provide more than enough traditional Indian food from a number of secret family recipes and species.

With a fixed menu in place, those who have been there before will be happy to know that they change the menu every month to offer different curries and flavors at all times. Or if you can’t wait for the evening to visit. the Mohak Cafe is open for coffee and cakes during the day until 4pm.

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