Gloucestershire celebrates national curry week - nominate your top restaurant
TASTE buds are being tickled by something a little hotter this week as Gloucestershire’s curry lovers celebrate the ever-popular cuisine.
National Curry Week, which began yesterday, is being championed by county restaurants and takeaways.
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The British-invented chicken tikka masala might have lost out to the chicken stir fry last year when it came to being named Britain’s favourite dish, it seems many restaurants in the county believe it is still the nation’s number one.
Cholan Dharumalingam, manager at Aroma restaurant, in Gloucester’s Southgate Street.
He said: “I must have served millions of them in my 13 years in this industry. People love the creamy flavours.
“You won’t find it in India but who knows maybe this British dish will catch on there one day.
“People love a good curry. It really is the staple food of the nation.
“Things are going very well for us and Gloucester certainly has a good scene for curry. There’s a real market for it here and things can only get better.”
National Curry Week involves restaurants, caterers and fans of the food across the UK celebrating the cuisine with record breaking attempts, raffles, auctions and all manner of events designed to help combat poverty across the South Asian continent and worldwide.
The celebration, now in its 16th year, will see one city crowned the ‘curry capital’ of the nation.
TK Maji, manager at Cheltenham’s Spice Lodge, which serves both Indian and Thai curries at its Montpellier Drive restaurant, agreed chicken tikka masala was still their customer’s favourite choice.
He said: “We serve more chicken tikka masalas than anything else. It is a bit different to other curries and is the product of 200 years of trying curries from all over India.
“We do Thai curries too but I’d say 70 per cent of the dishes we serve are Indian. They are certainly more popular but we do have some lovely Thai curries too.”
Bristol Road has been heralded Gloucester’s answer to Manchester’s ‘curry mile’.
Hasina Miah, owner of the newly opened Blue Ginger restaurant there said: “The favourite dish has got to be chicken tikka masala. It is full of protein and it is healthy and there are so many ways to cook it.
“People also love their garlic naan and chicken tandoori.
“We have got a lot of curry restaurants around here now which is great. There is a whole community and lots of places for people to choose from.”