In 1982, Shehzad Husain knocked on the door of M&S head office, her arms full of baskets containing her homemade curries. After tasting our Indian meals, the passionate home cook thought the M&S chefs could learn a thing or two. “I didn’t approve!” she laughs, “I felt I could do better. After a lot of perseverance, I spoke to [M&S director of product development] Cathy Chapman, who invited me to come and show her how I cook.” Shehzad ended up working as a consultant for M&S for many years, and she still remembers the first range of six Indian classics, from chicken korma to lamb rogan josh, she helped to develop. “We used whole spices, and added fresh ingredients, such as chilli and coriander,” she says. “They ended up doing incredibly well – the rest is history!” Have a go at Shehzad’s chicken korma, below. Don’t fancy cooking? Thanks to experts like her, our prepared meals taste just as good as homemade.