Amazing Curry Facts!

Posted on: 25 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Tuesday November 7th

This year, all proceeds from the Day will go to the NSPCC to support their Full Stop campaign to wipe out child abuse, and to ‘Mother and Child’, a charity which funds projects to help needy women and children on the Indian subcontinent.  Since its inception in 1997, the nation-wide charity event, which is sponsored by Kingfisher Premium Lager, UK's best selling Indian lager, has raised nearly £90,000 for needy causes.

As well as raising money for charity, Kingfisher National Curry Day is designed to create a day of fun for curry lovers, and to increase awareness and appreciation of the many different cooking styles from countries of the Indian subcontinent.  Last year more than 1,000 UK catering outlets, and even offshore oil rigs and overseas curry houses, joined in the fun and the fund-raising.

To spice up the Day, many restaurants staged special attractions for their customers, with several attempting to set new Guinness records for the world's largest nans, bhajis, chapatis and samosas.

Restaurants supporting Kingfisher National Curry Day 2000 will make a generous contribution from their takings on 7 November to the nominated charities. Curry lovers can boost the fund-raising simply by buying a meal on the Day at one of the participating outlets.

To find a restaurant taking part in your area look for Kingfisher National Curry Day posters, or visit

Amazing Curry Facts!

  • 3.5 million curries are eaten in the UK every week.
  • Total annual spend in the UK on Indian food is £2.8 billion
  • More than 30 million people in Britain now eat curry frequently - and numbers are still rising
  • The world's largest curry, cooked at the Eastern Eye restaurant in Lichfield on 17 July 2000, weighed 3,106.5 kg (6,848.7 lbs) and fed 7,500 people
  • The world's largest nan bread was made for the 1999 Kingfisher National Day by the Bengal Brasserie restaurant, in Hither Green, south east London. It measured two inches thick, 66 cm (26 ins) long and 58.4 cm (23 ins) wide, and weighed 4 kg (8.81 lbs)
  • Fenugreek, an ingredient used in certain Indian dishes, contains a substance which acts in a similar way to a human's sex hormones and is recommended by Chinese herbalists to cure impotence
  • There are over 7,000 different varieties of rice - a grain known to have been cultivated as long ago as 7000BC
  • According to gypsy folklore, two chilli peppers, tied together and placed under your pillow, will stop a wayward partner straying
  • The number of Indian restaurants in the UK has rocketed from 500 in 1960 to an estimated 7,900 in 2000
  • 1,440 tonnes of pickles and chutney are consumed at UK Indian restaurants every year
  • UK curry lovers munch nearly four million popadoms a week
  • Brits devour 25 million portions of chicken tikka masala - the nation's favourite Indian dish - each year.
  • An average portion of chicken tikka masala contains 870 calories
  • There are more Indian restaurants in Greater London than in Bombay and New Delhi combined
  • Indian defence scientists have discovered the world's hottest chilli growing in Assam and are hoping to use it to develop a new tear gas. The 'naga jolokia' measures a blistering 855,000 units on the Scoville Scale, more than 50 per cent hotter than the Mexican habanero chilli, the previous world record holder


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