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Indian Cookery

Indian Cookery

Indian cookery has developed over thousands of years. Our chefs take the best of that knowledge to create the finest dishes for Lilu's guests. This includes making use of a range of techniques.

Indian food gets its layers of flavour from the different cooking techniques that apply spice and taste at a number of stages at the cooking process. Items like the Dumpukht Biryani make use of long cooking in a sealed environment to hold the flavour in. Here, the rice and all of the flavourings are sealed in with a cover of fresh naan dough during the cooking. This also traps the steam which helps the rice to be light and delicious.

We talked about marination in our last blog. However, there are a number of ways to add flavour to a protein that is absorbed and permeates the dish. We create our own spice mixes, rubs and crusts for this purpose.

Of course, the mighty tandoori oven is also an important part of the dishes we create. The char flavour imparted by the scorching temperatures of the oven is an important part of the flavour of our Lilu special kebab. We are also well known for our cheese naans - the Blue Stilton using local cheese from Long Clawson - as well as our signature Red Leicester naan which oozes with luscious flavour.

If you want to learn more about Indian cookery, and have a go at making it for yourself, why not join us for a private cookery lesson? We have availability at the restaurant, or have our Chef come to your kitchen at home for a fun private session.



Marinating your proteins with spices for up to 24-36 hours gives depth of flavour that you just can’t get by coating & cooking.

We put a special effort into every marinade that we make so every dish has a character of its own. Yoghurt is a major carrier for the marinades however that isn’t to be said that a non yoghurt marinade can’t be just as effective. Our most signature marinated dish is the beetroot marinated paneer tikka (fried & grilled). At Lilu, we choose to NOT use artificial colours in our foods and hence use the vibrant natural colours available at the greengrocers.

With BBQ season upon us, we encourage you all to MARINATE for up to 2 days before you cook your dishes, this also includes Non indian flavours too!

If you have any questions, Pratik will be happy to help on

An Indian restaurant, but #NotJustACurry

An Indian restaurant, but #NotJustACurry

There are so many facets to Indian cuisine that we showcase at here at Lilu. We believe that Indian food is so much more than than a curry. We try to showcase the wide variety of flavours and textures throughout the menu.

Our plated meals give you the opportunity of trying the best an Indian restaurant can curate without you having to choose what goes well together.

The starters are created with flavour and texture in mind. Food should be an experience and there is nothing better than our beetroot marinated paneer served two ways - both crispy & soft.

In addition, we also serve our ‘curries’ as side dishes just in case you want to try something else in addition to your main meal. We always recommend a little sharing curry just so you can try some new flavours. But these are not the main focus of our menu. We like to be much more bold and daring with our food.

Belgian chocolate ganache with rose kulfi at Lilu Indian restaurant
Belgian chocolate ganache

To finish, we make our desserts in-house with a keen focus on quality ingredients. Our chocolate ganache uses Belgian chocolate, our pistachio kulfi is made with 100% pistachio paste and finally our signature Carrot Halwa is made with freshly ground cardamom to give you a true flavour of the east.

An Indian restaurant can be so much more than a curry bowl and we try to showcase this at Lilu.

Welcome to Lilu

Welcome to Lilu

Lilu started as a dream, an ambition for a Gujarati family to one day serve our mother's recipes to our guests. This ambition was reinvigorated with the passing of our inspiration, my mum, in 2012.

We have spent the past 5 years gathering family recipes and pairing them with the professional expertise of Executive Chef JP Singh to construct a menu that is a true reflection of our journey as a foodie family. We now present Indian fine dining with a truly unique twist. Join us on a journey through flavour, and an exploration of authentic Indian regional cuisine.

Since early 2019, we have partnered up with a number of local producers in our sister business, #NotJustACornershop in Wigston. We fully embrace the #SupportLeicesterLocal ethos and try to support as many local businesses through our restaurant as we can.

This means that our main courses all now feature at least one locally sourced element. The food culture of Leicestershire is truly unique and we are proud to be a part of that story.

gajjar halwa in afternoon tea

Our food and service ethos is an homage to mum. She always wanted to please all the guests that visited us, as we now wish to please you.

Welcome to Lilu.

Afternoon Tea: Indo-French Tea Parties

Afternoon Tea: Indo-French Tea Parties

As part of our commitment to #SupportLeicesterLocal businesses, we're teaming up with fantastic French baker Chouxtique to bring you a unique take on afternoon tea. Yes, India meets France in our new Sunday afternoon party offering.

We never shy away from a challenge at Lilu. Our journey through Indian fine dining has taken us around the Indian subcontinent. Now we bring that learning back to Leicester and team up with our new friends to bring you something delicious.

Groups of 15 or more can book in advance to enjoy this special treat. It's afternoon tea like you've never seen it before. Chouxtique is a new bakery business in town. Nathalie is spreading the good word of choux pastry to Leicester. She can be often found selling her wares at the Local Producer Showcase at our sister deli, the Wigston Fields News & Deli.

A match made in Leicester

Now enjoy a mix of freshly made treats. It's the perfect way to celebrate with a group of friends. Hen parties, baby showers, birthday parties. What celebration isn't improved with quiche and beetroot marinaded paneer? Or profiteroles and gajjar halwa? They may seem unconventional pairings, but Leicester dances to its own tune. We believe delicious will always match with delicious.

Afternoon tea - enjoy Indian delight gajjar halwa

Come and try it for yourself. Advanced booking only, get in touch via this website. The cost is £25 per head. This price includes the choice of a glass of champagne or a locally sourced sparkling wine - the rose sparkling Noble Purpose from Rothley Wine Estate, or elderflower sparkling from Witham Wines.

If afternoon tea is not your thing don't worry. You can always hire Lilu for private parties with our standard party menu. Find out more on our venue hire page.

What is fine dining?

Fine dining can be defined in so many ways. At Lilu, we believe that fine dining expressed by the whole experience when you visit us. First and foremost it is about quality - exemplary quality. The service, the food, so many small details about every aspect of your dining experience.

We aim to give you a touch of difference. While we provide your regular tandooris and curries, we also offer an exquisite plated meal - something a little bit different from your average curry house. This is why we are #NotJustACurry - offering Indian fine dining.

What is fine dining? Beautiful halwa

Indian Fine Dining at Lilu

We start with the best building blocks - phenomenal ingredients. Now our menu includes a wide range of high quality, locally sourced ingredients. These come from our sister shop - Wigston Fields News & Deli. Our Head Chef, JP, is an experienced professional who crafts these ingredients - creating symphonies of flavour by weaving together unexpected tastes and textures. He has an eye for detail, which is why our presentation is so beautiful and so unique.

Then when the food is brought to the table, we do it with a little theatre. There is an amuse bouche here, a little extra there. They mean that there is always a new surprise and a new delight around the corner. And our waiting staff are the corner stone of our experience. Owner Pratik and his trusty front of house team are there to answer any question you have about the menu. We love to talk about our twist on authentic Indian regional cooking. You may arrive as a stranger, but we will always treat you like an old friend.

Enjoy the warmest of welcomes and the most delicious of meals. Leave Lilu knowing that you have been treated like family by a small business. We are passionate foodies ourselves. We know how important it is to get the very best fine dining experience for your money.

Private Indian Cookery Classes

Private Indian Cookery Classes

#NotJustACurry Cookery Class

As well as being happy to share our recipes with our guests, we love actually teaching people how to cook Indian food. Lilu's owner Pratik is passionate about Indian cuisine. This is a bug he caught from his dedicated home-cook mother. He is recognised as a local authority on Indian cooking. This is seen by his regular appearances and hosting slots on BBC Radio Leicester's The Curry Show.

vegan stuffed vegetable private indian cookery lesson leicester

Now you can invite Pratik round for dinner! Well, at least get his expert advice in preparing it!

He is offering private cooking lessons in the privacy of your own kitchen. Learn the secrets of true regional Indian cooking in familiar surroundings. Being in your own kitchen will help Pratik to teach you methods and techniques that suit the equipment and space you have at your disposal. You couldn't ask for a better bespoke experience.

Menu plans arranged by mutual convenience. So whether you want to know top tricks for old classics, like getting an authentic chicken tikka flavour in your own home, or want to branch out and try something new, such as discovering the flaky flatbread goodness of the Lachcha Paratha, we can help! Delicious.

Vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets are also catered for. Enjoy a 3 hour interactive class with a meal served at the end for just £195 for 2 people.

We can also cater for larger group bookings in your own home or at the restaurant. Contact us by email at or speak to Pratik direct on 07904929374.

Treasured Recipes: Why good food should never be a secret

Treasured Recipes: Why good food should never be a secret

The dishes at Lilu have been inspired by a range of influences. The most important is the legacy of our owner Pratik's mum. Her recipes form the backbone of Lilu's menu. To this we add a dash of research, both in India and beyond, and the expertise of our Head Chef JP, whose years of experience and passionate love of Indian food really shines through.

The recipe development period takes a long time and is never really finished. We continuously refine our recipes, which is why a visit to Lilu is #notjustacurry, it's a chance to take part in a journey. Our dishes are a living, breathing experiment in Indian cuisine.

But all of this hard work means we are proud of our food and we want to share it. We love it when a visit to Lilu inspires our guests to experiment with cooking the dishes at home.

If this is something you would like to try, just let us know. We are always happy to share our recipes and our kitchen tips and tricks so that you can make the dishes yourself! All we ask is that you share some photos of the results so we can see how you got on!

The Tandoori Oven

The Tandoori Oven

The tandoori oven is fundamental cog in the Indian restaurant kitchen. The cylindrical oven is heated with wood or charcoal. It uniquely gives access to the benefits of cooking on a live fire, as well as radiant heat cooking. This second option derives from the special shape of the oven. Here at Lilu our tandoori oven is like a trusted old friend. This versatile piece of equipment adds a smokey essence to our food.

Tandoori chefs are like the warriors of the kitchen. They must battle with the constant 500 degrees or more heat beating down upon them. And still they continuously produce food that it is simply not possible to make in the domestic home kitchen. There are centuries of rich heritage and tradition behind the tandoori cooked foods we serve here in Leicester.

From tandoori chicken to the Lilu signature blue cheese naan. We make our naan using local cheese from Long Clawson Dairy. Both of these dishes have a unique flavour and texture because of the oven. It cannot be replicated without the Tandoori Master's skill and expertise.

We say thank you to our tandoori chef and his trusted accomplice! Although he battles the tandoori oven, it is still the greatest tool in his weaponry. He uses it to continuously produce tasty food for our guests to savour. Book your table to come and taste these delights for yourself.

Indian Food

Indian Food

The team at Lilu has Indian food within their soul. Between us, we have more than a century of combined experience within the hospitality sector.

We love Indian food and serving it by providing the very best levels of restaurant hospitality that we can. This is why a visit to Lilu is #NotJustACurry - we are not a standard curry house and you can expect something a little different.

Indian cuisine has so much to offer. The regional diversity of dishes, the wide range of ingredients that can be used and everything else it has to offer. We want to show you what we love in the only way we know how - by feeding you!

In Leicester restaurants like ours are not common. In fact, we like to think that there isn't anywhere quite like Lilu in the world! Come and put us to the test.