Celebrating National Curry Week At Chakra
Posted on 15th October 2014
This week, 13th - 19th October, is National Curry Week. The event, now into its 17th year, encourages curry restaurants, pubs, caterers and the British curry loving public to celebrate the culture and cuisine whilst doing their bit to help raise money for charity.
Launched in 1998, National Curry Week is used as a way of promoting the cuisine and raising money for a number of charities who focus on hunger, malnourishment and poverty. During the week curry lovers are urged to either get out and visit their local curry house, many of whom will be holding special events, or enjoy a takeaway with friends and family in the comfort of your own home.
Britain has had a love affair with the curry, ever since the first curry house was opened by Dean Mahomed in an upmarket London square in 1809. To celebrate National Curry Week we thought we would dedicate our blog this week to looking at the most popular curries enjoyed in the UK.
5. Chicken Jalfrezi
At number 5 we have the Chicken Jalfrezi. A sweeter curry with a gentle heat, the Jalfrezi is a tomato-based curry that often incorporates red peppers and other vegetables. Variations can see the chicken replaced with prawns.
4. Lamb Rogan Josh
In at 4 is Lamb Rogan Josh. This is medium-spiced tomato-based curry that originates from the Kashmiri region of India. Using cuts of lamb works particularly well in this dish, as the natural fat and muscle fibres found in the meat break down during the cooking process to leave you with deliciously tender and flavoursome meat.
3. Chicken Madras
Coming in at a very respectable third on the list we have the Chicken Madras. Named after the city of Madras, now known as Chennai, this chicken curry has a hot and spicy sauce that gets it kick from tomatoes, coriander and cumin. The Madras is a particular favourite with those who like their curry to have a bit of spice to it.
2. Chicken Korma
Our runner up, narrowly missing out on the top spot, is the Chicken Korma. This rich and creamy curry is most commonly made using mild spices, almonds and coconut milk and/or cream.
1. Chicken Tikka Masala
Finally, at number one and taking the crown of the UK's favourite curry, we have the Chicken Tikka Masala. Hailed by former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook as a true British national dish, chicken tikka masala is not an easy curry to make with a lot of grinding various spices and pureeing tomatoes involved. It is however an incredibly popular due to its silky, mild and aromatic flavours.
Want to get involved in National Curry Week? Reserve your table at Chakra using the booking form above and enjoy some of the finest Indian cuisine in London. You can also find out more about the events taking place during National Curry Week by visiting www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk