Aug 052013


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Curries are traditionally associated with India and with good cause. However, it must be said that many different countries around the world have their own version of this extremely popular dish, which typically involves adding various spices and plenty of heat. Here is a quick look at some of the more popular curry dishes from around the world.


Indian Curry

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If you’ve ever travelled to India you will realise that eating curry is not a treat, but is typically served for every meal. The dishes range from meat and fish to various vegetable curries. Certain parts of northeast India are also influenced by the bordering countries of Burma and Nepal and it’s not unheard of to eat a Yak curry. The country is also extremely well-known for its various breads, such as nan, roti, paratha, etc.


Chinese Curry

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Chinese curries tend to be far milder than their Indian counterparts. They are typically yellow in colour, which is probably down to the use of turmeric, as is the case with most curries from anywhere in the world. A Chinese curry will most often be served with meat, such as beef, lamb or chicken, but you may also want to feast on either a prawn or vegetable curry. Chinese curries are most often eaten with rice or noodles and an accompaniment of assorted vegetables.


Japanese Curry

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Firstly, you should be aware that curry actually made its way to Japan because of the British. A Japanese curry will typically be served with various pickled vegetables and rice. Japan is also extremely well-known for its curry bread, which is simply deep fried bread which contains curry inside.

South-East Asia


Southern-Eastern Asian Curry Image Source: Flickr

The vast majority of countries in south-east Asia are well-known for their curry dishes. Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have their own versions of Rendang curry which is produced with a mixture of meats, such as water buffalo and goat, and seafood, including prawns, clams and squid. Singapore is also famous for its curry that is made from fish heads. As disgusting as this may sound, the head contains a huge amount of flavour and is often used to produce soups.

We can’t visit south-east Asia and not mention Thailand. Thai curries have become extremely popular in the UK over the past few years and are usually available in red, green and sometimes yellow varieties. Thailand is also famous for their Massaman curry, which combines meat and potatoes.


Caribbean Curry

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The Caribbean is also known to produce a mean curry and in fact Jamaica hails its signature dish as curry goat. Once again, Caribbean curries are extremely flavoursome and have many different spices to get the taste buds tingling.

As mentioned, even though various countries from around the world produce and create curries, the favourite in the UK is without doubt is the Indian curry. Ever since the first Indian restaurants opened in the UK during the 1950s the Indian curry has gone from strength to strength. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that the curry, Chicken Tikka Masala, was named as the “National Dish of Great Britain” by the Foreign Secretary of the time, Robin Cook. No matter what your taste-buds prefer most people will agree, you can’t beat a good curry!

The author of this post, Neena James, works as a sous-chef at Aladin Brick Lane, an award winning Indian restaurant in London. She is really passionate about food and enjoys writing blog posts that reflect her love for food.

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