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Helena Fairfax: “Going for a Ruby”: Why Chicken Tikka Masala is England’s National Dish

I love curry. Thai green curry with coconut milk is my fave, but I’m not sure I’ve ever met a curry I didn’t like.  Until recently, I had no idea how popular curry is in the UK. Helene Fairfax is here today to explain the whole thing to us. Don’t forget to check out Helena’s book, A Way from Heart to Heart. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, I’m probably giving something away!

Helena:

Curry in EnglandI live in the north of England, near the city of Bradford – a city which for the past four years has been crowned the so-called Curry Capital of Britain. Curry is one of the most popular dishes in the UK, and also one of my favourite meals. It seems a bit of a cheat to choose a loose term like “curry” for my favourite food, since there are thousands of different types of curry, and this is just a generic term for spicy food originating in Asia. In the US, I believe a curry restaurant is called an Indian restaurant, but in reality curries come from many different countries, each with their own specialities. In the Bradford area, most curry chefs are from Pakistan, and in my particular area, they are mainly from the Bangladesh region. Continue reading

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