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.
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.
Restaurants need to have their wooden spoons ready, as this year’s Curry Capital of Britain Awards are proving to be closer than ever.
We’ve already spoken to city councils and organisers, now it’s time for restaurants to spill the beans on what they’re cooking up for a 2012 win.
Their population may be smaller but their curry passion is just as big! And with WV One, an organisation which describes themselves as being at the heart of Wolverhampton, working tirelessly to show Britain that their city is worthy of the Curry Capital title, Bradford and Glasgow better prepare themselves for some new hot competition.
We spoke with WV One Operations Director Kim Gilmour about staying up all night literally singing the praises of her city, and how their creativity will put them ahead.