Today sees the launch of the 16th National Curry Week, which runs from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13.
The aim of the campaign is to celebrate curry in Britain and raise much needed money for those less fortunate.
Some 23 million people eat curry on a regular basis in Britain each year. Despite the recession, the numbers of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants in Britain has varied little in recent years and curry lovers still have a choice of over 9,000 establishments in which to enjoy their favourite food.
The annual National Curry Week survey (of 4,700 respondents) still puts Chicken Tikka Masala as the number one with 19% of the votes. But ‘Other’ now comes in second at 16% underlining the greater knowledge and regional choices of the public. The top ten are: Chicken Tikka Masala, Other, Chicken Jalfrezi, Biryani, Balti, Chicken Dhansak, Meat Madras, Rogan Josh, Korma and Butter Chicken.
As regards the style of curry, the top choice is Bangladeshi with 31% of the votes, followed by Punjabi and South Indian, both at 19%. Next is Kashmiri, followed by Pakistani, Hydrabadi, Moghul, Rajasthani, Evolved and Parsi.
This year’s Curry Week is supported by Sainsburys, Patak’s and takeaway specialist hungryhouse.co.uk and will see special events taking place in restaurants, pubs and homes all over the country.
Bradford is hosting the first ever ‘Poppadomathon’ to raise money for charity and 20 cities are waiting to see which one has been judged to be Curry Capital of Britain 2013.
Peter Grove, founder and organiser of the event, said: “We’re looking forward to yet another record-breaking year of fun and fund-raising. Curry is a great common denominator and helps to bring people together in a pleasure shared.”
Details of all the events and participating restaurants are on www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk.