UPDATE: Timed for National Curry Week

We invited the Daily Echo’s readers to tell us their favourite place to get an Indian takeaway in Dorset and the New Forest. We received hundreds of nominations across the Bournemouth Echo’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

As usual, we’ve whittled down their responses to create the ultimate shortlist. Next time you’re in the mood for an Indian takeaway, here’s where our readers recommend you try.

1. Rivaaz

Rivaaz in Lymington came out on top following a massive response from our readers. According to the eatery’s website, it has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the past six years running and promises to “showcase unique and innovative Indian food like no other.”

Jarrod Pearson said: “Rivaaz Lymington is the best because the owners are fantastic people and are really passionate about their restaurant - this shows in the staff, food and ambience - great place to dine.”

Their Zal Makhani also came highly recommended.

2. Ali’s Brasserie

This restaurant and takeaway on Wimborne Road specialises in Tandoori and Balti cuisine and offers free home delivery on orders within a three-mile radius over £15. With an extensive menu featuring everything from a sheek kebab to chicken samosa on the starter menu to chicken tikka bhuna and lamb biryani. Geoff Spick said: “Ali's Brasserie, serving the finest Saag on the Winton/Moordown border”, while Mark Luker branded their food “top nosh”.

3. Indi's Westbourne

Indi's says it is built up a "reputation for both our food and service" over the past 16 years and its customers clearly agree. The restaurant in Seamoor Road is open seven days a week and prides itself on having an individual curry paste for each of its dishes. It encourages diners to be adventurous, however, those who prefer more traditional fare won't be disappointed. Offerings include fresh swordfish jal, begon salmon and filet of sea bass on their 'superior selection' menu, to old favourites such as korma, madras and dhansak.

4. The Kashmir

"Intimate, tasty and contemporary", Kashmir at Stanpit has been serving up Indian cuisine for more than 25 years. Mark Wright raved about their "stunning food and friendly service", while Gilly Smith praised their fresh food and brilliant take away service.

Dishes include bangla maarch biran, a whole sea bass fillet with tomato, onion, coriander and green peppers to a battak sizzler featuring duck breast cooked at high heat in an iron wok. And if that's not enough, you can take your pick from five different types of naan bread.

5. Westbourne Tandoori

The second eatery in Westbourne to feature in the list. Westbourne Tandoori in Seamoor Road has been running for more than 20 years and says it serves "tantalising food that few can complete with" that ensures diners keep coming back for more. Signature dishes include the Westbourne tandoori special surprise which is a mix of chicken and lamb tikka with king prawn and green pepper, garlic and chef's secret recipe and sauce and the green pista which is chicken, lamb or prawn cooked with fresh coriander, mint, garlic and spring onions.