Gopal’s Curry Shack

Vegan and vegetarian Indian street food that is vibrant, fresh, aromatic and seasonal. Lovingly prepared by founders Mel and Heather, Gopal’s delivers creative, hearty dishes using local produce and authentic Indian spices. In the last two years, these deliciously healthy curries and treats have been popping up at food festivals, markets, events and weddings all over the South West and beyond.

Trader interview

What do you sell?
We sell Indian street food with a modern, British seasonal twist. We take the seasoning & flavours from India and work with British produce to produce creative & vibrant vegetarian Food.

How long have you been trading at the market?
Just over a year (I think!)

Tell us more about your products…
As well as curries we also sell a range of street food. Our most popular dish is Samosa or Aloo tikki chaat. This consists of either two samosas or two potato patties smothered in a fragrant chickpea curry, then topped with yoghurt, mint & coriander chutney, date & tamarind chutney, crispy chickpea noodles, chaat massala & a pomegranate, coriander & red onion garnish.

We also produce a range of snacks including seasonal pakoras with flavours ranging from parsnip & ginger to wild garlic when it’s available, to samosas and spiced potato cakes.

What do you love most about the market?
The range of stalls, there is so much to feast on and look at! Also the other traders and lovely customers. It’s a really friendly market.

What is top of your bucket list?
Right now, a holiday I think, it’s been a long time! Preferably somewhere by the sea.

What is on your screensaver?
My cats!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Everything! It changed from week to week. One week I would want to be a doctor, the next an actor and for at least a few weeks I wanted to be a member of Boney M!!

How do you relax?
Cooking, eating, music, books, film, countryside

What would your super power be?
To be able to fly.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

What is the worst job you’ve done?
I couldn’t possible comment (although peeling sacks of onions for 8 hours a day in a windowless damp basement comes close!)

Favourite place in the world?
I am still looking! I haven’t seen it all yet.