Curry has become one of the nation’s favourite dishes over the last century, and we thought with it being #NationalCurryWeek that we’d take a little trip down memory lane to see where this delicious concoction first began - and share with you some fun facts that you might not have known!
What is National Curry Week?
Similar to many other national days or weeks, National Curry Week is promoted to raise awareness, and money, for charities that focus on malnourishment and poverty. The week begins today, the 9th October and runs until the 15th October encouraging everyone to rejoice in all things curry that everyone can get involved in; from showcasing those cooking skills in the kitchen to your friends or being waited on in a restaurant participating in the week.
Where did Curry originate from, and why is so popular here in the U.K?
The first documented Curry recipe here in the U.K was featured in a cookery book written by Hannah Glasses in The Art of Cookery which was published in 1747 that featured a range of recipes for curries, although they were much milder than the ones available here today. Over the years, people started introducing new flavours - herbs, peppercorns and such to create new flavours; which certainly spiced things up!
The first ‘curry’ restaurant to open here was back in 1809 by Dean Mahomed who served guests spicy meat and vegetable dishes while they enjoyed coffee or smoking hookah pipes in his Hindostanee Coffee House.
Top 5 Curry Facts
5. The ‘curry’ Capital of Britain is Bradford which has been awarded the title for the past six years
4. In the U.K., we are home to over 9000 ‘curry’ houses
3. The world’s biggest curry was cooked in Singapore - it was an incredible 15.34 tonne!
2. The word curry was used as a verb in the late 13th century. However, this actually meant to rub down a horse with a comb
1. Here in the U.K., we spend over £250 million pound a year on Indian food
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