If I was to ask you the
question what is the most popular food in England? You would more than likely
answer Fish and Chips, Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding or even Sausage and
Mash. I am afraid to tell you that
you would be wrong, oh yes, wrong!
The answer is actually Indian food.
Indian food has now been
favored by the British for quite some time with Chicken Tikka Masala believed
to be one of the most favorite National Dishes, so much so that the British
army recently replaced its customary steak and kidney pie lunch with the dish.
It is claimed that there is
now in excess of 10,000 Indian restaurants up and down the country, some of
which have been recognized by the Michelin Guide, which is an inventory of outstanding
European restaurants. The Indian
food Industry is valued at a whopping £3.2 billion in Britain
alone, almost ¾ of all dining out in the country. The curry house has replaced the fish and chip shop in many
of Britain’s towns and cities. Samosa's.
Tandoori’s and Biryanis are now sold at every Sainsbury’s or Marks and Spencer’s
stores. British airways and Virgin
Atlantic even serve fragrant curries on their flights.
Indian restaurants have had an upgrade
in latter years with designer inspired interiors and smooth service. For years
Indian food was known as a quick cheap meal after a night out of socializing
with friends, but this is not the case any longer. Indian restaurants are now one of the chic places to be
The minute the plane touches down in
England, for my family and I the countdown begins. How many Indian restaurants can we dine at during this visit
home, will we ever tire of Indian food, no I can honestly say I don’t think we
It was only since moving to the States
that I have started to cook Indian food at home, I just love the aroma of all
the fragrant spices blending together.
I guess for many years I just shied away from making curries, often
believing that my talents were not up to the challenge, but I am so pleased to
say that with patience and practice I am getting there. I have found so many delicious recipes
on this site and of course there is many more to try, one of the reasons why
Friday’s are now Indian nights.