The leaning tower of...poppadoms!

Shakeel Hussain attempts to break the tallest poppadom tower world record for curry week, at the Home Indian takeaway, Hipperholme.
Shakeel Hussain attempts to break the tallest poppadom tower world record for curry week, at the Home Indian takeaway, Hipperholme.

HOW high could you make a poppadom tower?

The sky was the limit for two Indian chefs as they tried to break a world record.

Going up: Shakeel Hussain and Sajid Ayub try break the record

Going up: Shakeel Hussain and Sajid Ayub try break the record

Unfortunately there were plenty of broken poppadoms, but no broken records as their efforts were in vain.

Staff at The Home Indian Restaurant in Denholme Gate Road, Hipperholme, tried to beat the existing world record for a freestanding tower of the Indian savouries, which is 4ft 10in tall – made up of a whopping 1,075 poppadoms.

Two independent judges watched with tape measures at the ready for the event, part of National Curry Week.

But it was not to be.

Owner Saj Hussain watched nervously as the poppadoms – made from flour, oil and spices– were piled on top of each other by Shakeel Hussain and head chef Sajid Ayub. But despite their best efforts, they came tumbling down.

They had spent hours the night before practising and had built it to 5ft 3in. That time they had used a flat plate as their base but for their record attempt made the mistake of using a domed one.

The team spent more than 15 hours creating 1.500 poppadoms for the challenge.

“We wanted to get involved and help raise awareness whileat the same time having fun and enjoying Indian cuisine,” said Saj.

The team weren’t disheartened and said they wanted to go on and try another record. They think they have one of the speediest chappati makers in the world, and are planning on putting him to the test to claim another record.

The poppadom challenge was raising money for The Curry Tree project and Saj and the team are still accepting donations for the charity to alleviate malnutrition in the world.