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The Magnificent Seven – Curry Facts & Myths!

The internet is a wonderful tool, as we all know.  Here are seven interesting facts and myths about curry that I have come across in my googling.

1.    The earliest known curry is believed to have been made in Mesopotamia in around 1700BC.

2.    The word ‘curry’ is thought to have derived from the Tamil word ‘kari’ meaning spiced sauce.

3.    Korma is probably the most misunderstood curry in the world.  The word means slow cooked or braised rather than the British understanding of it as a mild curry.  Indeed, it can be very mild or fierily hot, depending on the ingredients used.

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Amazing Meal Deals including Free Bottle of Wine!

We have a couple of fantastic offers for you at the moment.

Firstly, we are running a great Meal Deal every day.  Here’s how it works:

1.    We provide a splendid starting platter for one comprising onion bhaji, shish kebab, chicken pakora, meat samosa, chicken tikka and lamb tikka.

2.    Following that you can choose a main dish from over 100 featured on our menu, complete with a portion of rice.  And if you are still hungry after that, you can choose a further main dish for free! 

Our chef prepares all our delicious dishes using fresh and locally sourced products wherever possible.

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School Kids Grow Their Own Curry!

I am pleased to announce that for the second year the British Curry Club are helping primary school students to grow their own curry ingredients.

Selected schools have already received packets of seeds supplied by Sutton Seeds.  The hope is that the chosen schools will form gardening clubs and post news of their crops on their respective websites or social media pages.  

50% of Curry Houses to Close within the Next 10 Years!

I was shocked to read a report in The Daily Telegraph quoting Yawar Khan, chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF).  He forecasts some 17,000 Indian restaurants will disappear from our High Streets in the next 10 years – that equates to one in two of the restaurants existing today.

I have talked before about some of the problems besetting our industry, including chef shortages and rising costs, but Khan identifies other factors too; failure to respond to changing customer demand and to keep up with modern technology.


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Kingfisher Beer – the Real Taste of India!

I know a lot of people like a glass of wine with their curry or even a jug of water but the majority seem to prefer beer and Kingfisher is renowned as one of the most popular brands of Indian beer in the world today.

The origins of stretch back to one of the oldest established and best breweries in India.  Castle Breweries first began brewing beer in 1857 in the magnificent city of Mysore.  Carts drawn by bullocks carried the huge barrels of beer, known as hogsheads, through the narrow streets.  In time Castle allied with four other brewers to become United Breweries.

In the 1970s United Breweries began to concentrate on exporting their beers to other countries and it is now found in over 50 countries around the world.  The Kingfisher brand was launched in 1978.  The premium lager is brewed in the UK to the same authentic Indian recipe.

Today United Breweries are recognised as the leading brewer in India, with around 50% of the home market.  Kingfisher Strong is the largest selling beer in the country and one in every three beers sold in India is a Kingfisher.

Kingfisher is heavily involved in sports sponsorship including their own F1 team, Force India.  They are also a sponsor of several Indian cricket teams.