A MUCH-LOVED Barnsley restaurant is boosting business with a new range of ready meals.

With the economy still struggling, Jaz Boparai, owner of Chilli Restaurant on Market Street, decided to look for new ways to increase sales and keep his kitchens busy during the quieter midweek period.

So to help cash-strapped customers, Chilli has launched a new range of ready meals which is available in shops across the borough.

Jaz explained: "All our ready meals are made in our kitchen from the same recipe so people get restaurant quality meals at home.

"Our meals are quite different as Indian food is normally Bangladeshi or Kashmiri but our meals are Punjabi so we use much less oil."

Jaz, who opened his restaurant in 2004, added: "Although the restaurant is doing well, we're in challenging economic times so it’s about finding alternative revenue streams. It also helps customers who may be feeling the pinch."

The business is receiving support in its new venture from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) supported by Enterprising Barnsley with the assistance of funding from Barnsley Council.

Kevin Steel, business development manager at BBIC, said: "Chilli already has a superb reputation in Barnsley so we’re working with Jaz to capitalise on that to ensure Chilli at Home is a success.'

The meals are on sale in 12 outlets around Barnsley, ranging from Costcutter to farm shops.