Apr . 6 . 2016
20 Facts about Indian Food in UK you Probably Don’t Know – Infographic

Did you know we spend more than £250m a year on Indian food in UK? This infographic shows more interesting facts like this about Indian cuisine.

  • There are more than 12,000 curry houses in the UK
  • The first curry house in the UK opened in 1809 in London. It was called ‘The Hindostanee Coffee House’ and was owned by a migrant called Dean Mahomed.
  • We spend more than £250m a year on Indian food in the UK.
  • Queen Victoria had Indian food cooked everyday, just in case she had an unexpected guest from India.
  • One in seven curries sold in the UK is a chicken tikka masala, making it the UK’s most popular Indian dish.
  • The largest curry in the UK was made by a UK chef, Abdul Salam, in 2005, and weighed10.3 tonnes.
  • Before it referred to food, ‘curry’ meant a way to prepare leather or the parts of an animal slain in a hunt that were given to the hounds.

    20 Facts about Indian Food in UK

    20 Facts about Indian Food in UK

  • The highest tower of 1,280 poppadums was piled up in Northampton to celebrate Curry Week in 2012. It was 5ft 8in high.
  • There are more Indian restaurants in London than in Mumbai and Delhi combined.
  • One of the hottest curries ever made is the ‘Chicken Naga’, made with ‘naga chillies’ that are 100 times hotter than jalepeno peppers.
  • The UK Indian food industry (that’s not just restaurants but includes supermarket ready-meals, frozen meals, chutney manufacturers etc) has an annual turnover of £1.8 billion.
  • 85% of Indian restaurants are run by people of Bengali origin not
  • Indian restaurants in the UK serve over three million meals a week.
  • Over 70,000 staff are employed by Indian Restaurants in the UK.
  • Indian food is without a doubt the UK’s favorite cuisine. According to a recent survey, retail sales accounted for 42% of total sales of ethnic foods
  • Nottingham Trent University studies show that people begin to crave for a curry mainly due to the fact that the spices arouse and stimulate the taste buds.
  • The ratio of Indian and Chinese restaurants in the UK is two Indian to one Chinese.
  • Two thirds of all take away meals in the UK are Indian food
  • The first commercial curry powder appeared on the market in the UK in 1780.
  • The origins of the word ‘curry’ can be traced back to the Tamil word ‘Kari’, meaning spiced sauce.
  • Ancient healers often used curry spices, particularly turmeric, to heal inflammatory ailments.
  • In July 2014, the world’s largest ever naan bread was made by Hampshire firefighters for charity measuring 3.79m (12ft 5in) by 1.4m (4ft 7in).
  • The world’s largest curry weighs 15.34 tonnes (33,838.9 lb) and was achieved by the Indian Chefs and Culinary Association (Singapore), in Singapore, on 1 August 2015.

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