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The Stars Come Out for the British Curry Awards!

It is the time of the year when awards are given out and the British curry industry is no exception.

On 26th November the 14th annual British Curry Awards, once described by David Cameron as ‘the Curry Oscars’, were presented at The Battersea Evolution in London.

Comedian and impressionist Jon Clegg hosted the event and the stars came out in force to support it.  Amongst those attending were comedian Russell Brand, ex-international footballer David Seaman, comedian Hardeep Kohli, TV personalities Kirsten O’Brien, Nina Myskow and Pat Sharp, MPs Sir Vince Cable, Chris Grayling, Brandon Lewis and Baroness Verma, singer Patti Boulaye, DJ Neev Spencer and a clutch of The Apprentice contestants.

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A Rainbow of Curries from Around the World!

I have mentioned before that curried dishes are found all over the world.  Here is a selection of some of the more colourful, and occasionally unusually flavoured, curries, in no particular order:

1.Pink curry veggie wrap.  This features lettuce, tomato and cucumber but it gets its colouring from the key ingredient which is beetroot.

2.Thai yellow curry.  A popular mild but tasty dish made with nutmeg, ginger and coconut milk.

3.Black curry.  A Japanese speciality, it incorporates norikuro which is a black type of seaweed.  The dish is served with often served with a poached egg.

4.Orange halibut curry.  The halibut is chopped into cubes and cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, mustard, orange rind and anchovies to provide an extremely ‘fishy’ tasting curry.

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Weather Too Hot?  Cool Down with a Curry!

Our long hot summer continues with just the odd drop of rain.  However, it is not everyone that enjoys the soaring temperatures and many of us are looking for ways of cooling down.

When it comes to eating you might think that a salad or cold soup is the sensible answer but you would be wrong.  Believe it or not, the best food to eat if you want to stay cool is a spicy curry.

This is because of an anomaly in the way our body reacts to spicy food.  The heat of the spices make you sweat and sweating cools you down.

Think about drinking a long cool drink swimming with ice on a hot day.  It gives you an instant feeling of refreshment and does initially cool you down.  However, the sensation is short-lived.  You have cooled down too quickly and your body compensates by heating up again, dropping you into a vicious circle.

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Curries from Around the World!

I know that curry is usually accepted as a traditional Indian dish but it is also true that variations have been created for many years all around the world. 

Here’s a quick whistle stop tour of some of the worldwide types of curry:

•Burma.  Burmese chicken curry closely resembles a Punjabi style curry but is made without tomatoes or peppers.

•Ethiopia.  The Ethiopian curry is called wat and includes vegetables and any meat other than pork.

•Indonesia.  The famous national dish called rending is a dry curry, the type which has its sauce simmered down to a minimum.

•Japan.  Japanese curry was invented in 1912 and typically incorporates onions, carrots and potatoes.

•Malaysia.  Curries made in Malaysia involve use of traditional spices and ingredients such as chillies, coconut milk, garlic, ginger and turmeric.

•Nepal.  The Nepalese dish called masu is spiced or curried meat and gravy served up with rice.

•Sri Lanka.  There are three common types of curry; white, using coconut milk, red, incorporating plenty of chillies and black which is made with dark roasted spices. 

•Thailand.  They have numerous types of curry in Thailand including gold curry, green curry, jungle curry, khao soi, massaman curry, panang and red curry.

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Gordon Ramsey Insults all of South India!

I know Gordon Ramsey is not one to curry favour or mince his words but a recent tweet of his appears to have upset an entire country.

Ramsey invites people to send him photos and descriptions of dishes they create.  In turn he gives them a review which, it is hoped, is amusing but can also be quite scathing.

To this end a Twitter user known as Rameez submitted a picture of a dish called Medu Vada, a traditional breakfast meal comprising deep fried spiced lentils served with lentil curry and coconut chutney.  Rameez asked Ramsey to rate his dish and received the response “I didn’t think you can tweet from prison”.

Rameez appeared satisfied by the comment, responding that his “mission had been accomplished”.  Others, however, were far from amused.

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National Curry Week is Coming!

It is that time of year again when we can look forward to National Curry Week in the UK.  This year it falls between 9th and 15th October and celebrates its 20th anniversary.

National Curry Week has the obvious object of promoting the great variety and diversity of curry dishes available throughout the country.  People are encouraged to visit their local curry houses or make their own versions of the dish at home.

At the same time, the aim is to raise funds for various charities concerned primarily with battling hunger, poverty and malnutrition.  People are encouraged to join in, engaging with fun challenges and events, and making donations. 

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Combat Bowel Cancer with Hot Curries!

The Journal of Clinical Investigation has published a study which suggests that a chemical compound found in spicy curries can help prevent the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Capsaicin is what gives chilli peppers their heat.  In an experiment it was given to mice by scientists.  It triggered a pain receptor in cells in the lining of the intestines which resulted in a reaction reducing the likelihood of developing colorectal tumours.  In fact it was found to extend the life of the subject mice by up to 30%.

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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.  

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