Published On: Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018

Tracing Back How Britain Loves Indian Curry

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The United Kingdom’s obsession with Indian food can be traced back to the time of the British Raj. India was a part of the British Empire from 1858 to 1947.

Tracing Back How Britain Loves Indian Curry

The fusion between Indian food and British culture is inescapably intertwined. Some of what now falls into the category of Indian food was developed by British expatriates in India, while other dishes have come about as a result of Indian immigration to the UK. Most of the dishes referred to as Indian are, to one extent or another, a fusion of Indian and British cuisines.

Curry Powder

Curry (or Masala) powder, a pantry staple throughout Britain and North America, is an innovation that harkens back to the days of British colonialism in India. It is an approximation of an Indian spice blend called garam masala.

There are a number of variations in the recipe for curry powder but it will typically contain turmeric, coriander, chilis, cumin, mustard, ginger, fenugreek, garlic and cloves. The ratios may vary and other spices may be included, depending on the recipe. The end result is a yellow powder with a fairly standardized flavour. Fortunately, curry powder is readily available, so most people will never need to know the recipe.

Indian Takeaway

When people in the UK hanker for a curry, they head for the local Indian takeaway. Indian restaurants are about as common in Great Britain as pizza parlours and sub shops are in North America. Indian restaurants often feature great variety on a huge menu, but certain dishes are common across the board.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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