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Is it fair to say that food in India is VERY different to in British Curry houses?

From my experience in India, you could very rarely find a curry like in British Curry houses. You could sometimes get ‘Chicken Curry’ or ‘Goat Curry’, but it seemed to be a very simple sauce. Then the rest of the menu was full of (delicious) stuff unseen in British curry houses. Does this reflect most people’s opinions?

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7 Responses to “Is it fair to say that food in India is VERY different to in British Curry houses?”

  1. Johnka says:

    Most curries used in UK were invented in India for the British colonists and bear little relationship to what Indians heat. Their curries tend to be milder than we might expect and more subtle.

  2. Dave says:

    Oh yes, its very different. In fact British curry houses, despite claiming to serve Indian dishes are more closely associated to Pakistani meals. In India there’s far more tofu, thinner spicier and drier sauces and the chicken tends to be on the bone e.g chicken legs in the curry. The English dishes have been altered for our taste buds, juicer chicken usually breast and thicker, richer sauce. Though this may be the same in India if they had the money for it!

  3. Lucy says:

    Yes! British curry house food isn’t really Indian, it’s nowhere near as hot and tailore to western tastes. In these curry houses the indian chefs wont eat the food they serve they will make fresh dishes which are very different, and the cut of meet is also very different.

  4. S says:

    Yes most curry houses are Bangladeshi. We rarely get the wonderful food of South India in Britain. Goan and Keralan food is very different.

  5. Ashley says:

    It’s true, "indian" food we get over here is nothing like what they eat.. if we ate "indian" food over here every day, we’d be so unhealthy! They eat their stuff every day and how many large indian people do you see?

  6. Lynne says:

    Not all curry houses have altered their recipes to suit british tastes. In leicester one called bobbys is proper authentic vegetarian south indian food. Its on curry mile and also a few in dagenham. I find if indian people eat there and you see the staff eating the food too then generally its authentic. South indian food is milder and vegetarian where as gujrati style is hot, meat still on the bone and in a gravy like sauce.

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