Korma on and feel the £ 1.75m heat

Curry con­tract joy for firm

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stephen Hous­ton

A fam­ily In­dian foods em­pire has just landed a £ 1.75 mil­lion curry con­tract with Aldi.

The huge deal for Pun­jab Pakora came just days af­ter the firm moved into premises four times larger than be­fore.

Aldi had just done a deal with the Ayr firm for £ 240,000 for pakora and curry ready meals for 75 stores.

And it has in­creased the work­force at the premises from 25 to 40.

Within a mat­ter of three weeks as the food flew off the shelves, the bumper £ 1.5m two- year deal was se­cured.

Boss Kushal Du­gal ad­mit­ted: “Peo­ple seem to love our food. We couldn’t quite be­lieve the new or­der.

“They have told me they are so im­pressed by our curry they must stock it all the time in their su­per­mar­kets.

“They don’t just want it in Scot­land, but all over the UK.”

The Co- op and Ice­land have also be­come ma­jor UK cus­tomers.

Pun­jab’s old premises in Wag­gon Road have been re­tained and moth­balled for pro­duc­tion.

That has all shifted now to Crown Street,

Siron­i­cally in throw­ing dis­tance from an Aldi.

The new fac­tory has sep­a­rate raw, cook­ing, pack­ag­ing and stor­age ar­eas and £ 150,000 was in­vested in chillers and blast cook­ers.

Once the new deals are up and run­ning it means around 3.5 mil­lion dishes a year will be pro­duced.

The firm was set up four years ago by Kushal and his wife Vinita and she will travel to the House of Com­mons later this month for a par­lia­men­tary lunch on the ter­race in hon­our of what they have achieved.

The cou­ple, who have three kids, are gen­uine Pun­jabis now set­tled in Prest­wick and work­ing flat out for their firm.

The pro­duc­tion runs ten hours a day for seven days and more staff are needed.

They are look­ing for more staff due to the new deal which in­volves hand- made jal­frezi, korma and tikka.

And as well as their spe­cial­ist pakora in­clud­ing black pud­ding and hag­gis, they pro­duce three chicken ‘ home- cooked’ style In­dian ready meals.

Kushal, 47, is a for­mer head chef for Dubai’s ruler, the late Sheikh Mak­toum bin Rashid Al Mak­toum and also worked in com­mer­cial kitchens across Europe.

One of their se­crets is the blend­ing of their own spices, and Aldi said: “We are com­mit­ted to sourc­ing and work­ing with the finest Scot­tish pro­duc­ers so we can bring amaz­ing qual­ity and taste to our stores.”

Kushal added: “We care about our prod­uct and ev­ery­thing we do is about con­sis­tency.”

He con­tin­ued: “With up to 7000 pakora por­tions and 2100 cur­ries every day, it is very im­por­tant.”

In­dian Sum­mer Vinita and Kushal Du­gal show off their prod­ucts and staff

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