There is nothing like a frosty winter day to get your thoughts swimming in all things masala. So to further fuel those fantasies, we’ve dug up the top 10 interesting curry facts about curry. Considering an estimated 23 million of us Brits tuck into a curry at least once a month, no doubt you help make up some of these stats.
As you were tucking into your favourite Indian dish for National Curry Week, you were helping Action Against Hunger ‘get child hunger off the table’. From the 8th -14th October we were donating 10p from every Indian food order made on hungryhouse to the Love Food Give Food appeal, and thanks to your love of curry we were able to raise £1,513!
2012 has been a momentous year, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics, and of course Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival finally marrying curry and comedy.
The UK’s longest running comedy festival which attracts over 60,000 people worldwide, this year opened a spicey new venue, Dave’s Curry House, transforming Leicester’s Chutney Ivy restaurant for the 17 day festival into a curry house of hilarity.
It was a stint in London as a teenager in the late 50s that inspired Madhur Jaffrey, the cook now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, to start learning how to make her family’s Indian recipes – why was London responsible for this culinary calling we asked, “Cooking was the only way to get a good Indian meal!”
Jaffrey is said to be responsible for introducing Britain and the western world to Indian cuisine. During her career she’s written over 15 cookbooks, and appeared in a number of successful television cooking shows, making her a household name.
The culinary times have changed drastically, and Jaffrey’s back to explore the rich Indian food culture the UK now has to offer.
Leicester attracts over 35,000 people a year to their Diwali celebrations – the Hindu Festival of Light, making it one of the biggest celebrations outside of India.
After finding this out, we were certain Leicester’s curry dedication would make them strong competition, so we spoke with City Mayor for Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, to find out more of the city’s curry credentials.