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

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

With the tagline; ‘Coffee by day, curry by night’, The Mohak Cafe in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire has introduced a new dining experience offering delicious Indian food created from recipes that have been in the family for centuries. The recipes are made from spices that have been transported all the way 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 the traditional way of dining and culture of India to Cambridgeshire. Both from India, Popat arrived in the UK 10 years ago to meet his wife, Bharti, who was living in Leicester at the time.

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The pair met online whilst 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 venture Popat and Bharti decided to move to Cambridgeshire in 2015 where they’ve been setting up businesses ever since.

Having previously shared their family recipes with the residents of Cambridgeshire, Popat explains that they’ve 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 quite a few years so people know that our curries are completely different from restaurant curries.”

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

Talking about their newest venture and dining experience Popat said: “It’s different, a completely unique concept. My wife always wanted to do something related to our roots. She loves cooking and her passion is cooking.”

Explaining what makes their curries different Popat said: “They’re homemade and the recipes have been passed from my wife’s mum who passed it to her and her grandmother passed it to her mum.” Adding that they don’t put yogurt, milk or any flour into their curries.

Providing a traditional Indian way of dining you’ll be given a big plate with little bowls of curries so you can try an arrangement of flavours. Popat said: “We just give small portions of curries and then we will top it up with whatever they need.” Adding: “We don’t cut the corners, we prepare food from the bookings only so know how much we’re making and so there is no food waste.”



The Mohak Cafe is in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire

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

Now providing a new dining experience, Popat and Bharti want to share their love of food and the Indian cuisine with the residents of Cambridgeshire providing something different in the county. You can indulge in a tray of vibrant, 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 7.15pm for each guest and ending at around 10pm. It is £36 per person and it is certainly worth every penny as Popat and Bharti will provide more than enough traditional Indian dishes from a number of secret family recipes and species.

With a set menu in place, those who have already been will be happy to know that they change the menu every month to provide different curries and flavors all the time. Or if you can’t wait until the evening to visit. the Mohak Cafe it is open for coffee and cake during the day until 4pm.

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