National Curry Week 2014 – celebrating all things curry
It’s National Curry week 2014 from 13-19 October – don’t tell me you didn’t already know from all those chats at the photocopier, in the lift or listening to the radio this week! National Curry Week started in 1998 with the simple aim of promoting the great taste of curry, raising money for charity and raising awareness of hunger and poverty. During this week, many curry restaurants will be staging special events, so keep your eyes open – it’s not too late to get involved! I’ve never been one for a hot curry – I much prefer a chicken korma (kurma) – but I know many of my friends love nothing more than to challenge the waiter to bring the hottest dish they can serve up (only to sit there sweating profusely puffing out their cheeks for the rest of the night!).
Curry and it’s role in Britain
Put simply, curry is now claimed to be Britain’s National Dish. This was brought home to me when a good friend of mine celebrated becoming a British citizen by arranging a curry night out. Her family in the US naturally thought we would all be going out for a slap-up roast meal or fish and chips! Here are some great facts about curry in Britain:
- The first Indian restaurant is said to have opened in Britain in London in 1809 – there are now more than 9000
- Chicken tikka masala is our favourite dish
- There are more Indian restaurants in London than in Mumbai or Delhi
- In 2008, Bath and North East Somerset Council advised a man to sprinkle curry powder on his wife’s grave to keep squirrels and deer away
Chicken tikka masala
Chicken tikka masala is Britain’s favourite curry dish, served in Indian restaurants and takeaways up and down the country. During this National Curry Week 2014, why not have a go at cooking your own chicken tikka masala at home? Served with warmed naan bread, this will become a firm favourite in any household!