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6th September 2016

British Curry Awards – what is Britain’s favourite curry?

The British Curry Awards are now in their eighth year, with the awards ceremony taking place on 28th November. They’re a celebration of Britain’s love of curry… but what are our favourite Indian dishes? Here at Spice Lounge Kitchen, we decided to take a look at the top five, as voted for by Chaat! Magazine readers.

1. Jalfrezi

This curry house favourite uses a mixture of both Chinese and Indian cooking techniques, and its name literally means “quick fry” or “dry fry”. This spicy dish is usually cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and green chillies – try it with prawns or chicken.

2. Madras

Originating from the southern Indian city of the same name, the madras is a fairly hot curry. It can be made with a huge variety of meats or vegetables, and features the tropical flavours of southern India: think coconut, coriander, black pepper and curry leaves.

3. Rogan Josh

This recipe actually originates from Persia, and is popular in the Kashmir region of India. It involves cooking meat (generally lamb) in a gravy of yoghurt, onions, ginger, garlic and various spices, with its rich red colour coming from dried Kashmiri chillies. It’s usually a medium hot option.

4. Bhuna

The bhuna first came to us from Bengal: spices are fried in oil to enhance their flavour, with meat also added. It’s a medium hot curry with plenty of flavour, but one that is traditionally fairly dry with a thick sauce. Often, you’ll find it garnished with chopped onions and fried green peppers.

5. Balti

It’s thought that the balti first arrived in Birmingham in the 1970s. Its name means “bucket”, and refers to the steel pot in which it is served. It’s a fairly dry curry, with the ingredients cooked together quickly over a high heat, much like a stir fry. The name refers to the cooking vessel, and the recipe varies: in Indian restaurants, though, it’s often packed full of green peppers and coriander.

These five curries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the options available, but they’re firm favourites with the British public! Which is your favourite?

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