Curry   -   The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish

Curry - The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish

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Author: Shrabani Basu
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 189
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129117601


In 1810, an enterprising Indian called Sake Deen Mahomed opened the Hindostanee Coffee House in London, laying the foundation of a unique British institution – the curry house. The curry industry has grown rapidly over the years.

There are over 8,500 Indian restaurants in Britain today and London Claims to be the Curry Capital of the world. While Chicken Tikka Masala has been has been officially recognized as a British dish, Britons eat their way through 200 million poppadums and 50,000 tons of rice a year. The industry has an annual turnover of over $2.5 billion and employs over 56,000 workers.

The taste for Indian food is continually evolving. Indian restaurants have broken the Michelin barrier and have made their mark among other covered London restaurants. The popularity of curry continues to soar and its future looks bright. The book traces the genesis and evolution of the curry industry, and pays tribute to those who put ‘curry’ on the British map and made it a universal favourite.



1. On the Spice Trail
2. The Street Where It All Began
3. Curries on Shelves – The Supermarket Story
4. The Very Pukka Pathaks
5. The Story of a Curry King
6. From Muzaffarpur to the Midlands
7. Ruling the Restaurants
8. Invading the Pubs
9. Balti and Beyond
10. On the Curry Bus

Conclusion - The Road Ahead
Restaurants in London – A Select Guide