National Curry Week - Korma, Madras, Jalfrezi, and Vindaloo ... just some of the most famous curries!
National Curry Week involves curry restaurants, caterers and curry lovers across the UK celebrating the dish with diners, record breaking attempts, raffles, auctions and all manner of events designed to help combat poverty across the South Asian continent and worldwide.
I must admit the thought of a vindaloo makes me want to grab the nearest jug of water but for me nothing beats a dopiaza or tikka masala.
With so many different varieties of curry, you could use National Curry Week as an opportunity to explore a new curry recipe every day of the week! And there certainly are lots to try.
Dishes can be made with chicken, lamb, beef, fish and vegetables. They can come from a wide range of countries and each region has different tastes, but not all curries are super hot and spicy.
I have travelled to India on lots of occasions and absolutely love the food on offer. A few years ago I went to Goa and each day the hotel I was staying in served curry from a different region of India - the food was absolutely delicious and for the duration of my stay I ate Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner - fantastic! For breakfast my favourite has to be a Masala dosa with coconut chutney washed down with a tall glass of coconut water - so delicious! I also love Dhal - it's so wonderful and aromatic.
But if you're one of those people who are terrified at the very thought of a curry because you think it is going to be so spicy it is going to burn your mouth - well, most restaurants are very open to providing advice on the best dish to suit your individual tastes. So, if you view curries with a little bit trepidation remember, you are sure to find something on the menu to your liking.
As for the curry lovers among you why not try a new curry dish? Stop sticking to the same old curry; try something completely new or try a little twist on the old favourites. And don't forget the accompaniments; naan bread, chutney, poppadums, rice and a Cobra beer, of couse!October › National Curry Week