Indian curry!

Here in UK they call any Indian masala based item as curry 🙂 and just like how in blr we guys generally go out to have pizza for a treat, here they go to have “a curry” … its seriously that popular!

I was walking down a street, and was hungry… passed a Thai restaurant, it looked hopelessly empty with the proproitar sorrowfully sulking at the aisle. Here all eateries put up the menu outside itself… so I looked at the menu under Vegetarian dishes, and the first item was “Rice with Oyster sauce”. I walked on… and passed a chinese one, this one too was quite empty and then a fast food joint, even here there was just one chap. I was wondering what bad business it must be for them, since it was the evening and it shouldve been peak hour. Then I stopped at an Indian restaurant named “Oh Calcutta!” and peered in… and what a contrast!! This place was JAM packed!! I walked in, no place to sit, anyway I just packed up some rice and some bhindi or something and took it home. At home when I tried it out, it seemed like they had used up half a kilo of chilli powder!! My eyes started streaming in no time, my standards for tolerance to khaara food is best left unsaid. When I opened the raitha, hoping for some cool curds and cucumber, even for that they had added a lot of chilli powder!

Heres an article I came across today… (like the way these chaps don’t hesitate to make fun of themselves!)


Chili out

Curries didn’t exist until the British decided to invent them. On arriving in India and sticking their flags in the ground, the British decided to investigate the local cuisine, and on discovering that the Indians had far more dishes and culinary skill than the entire United Kingdom, the British decided to hide this fact by calling every dish ever created by an Indian “curry”. In this way the Victorians could perpetrate the myth that the Indians weren’t as cultured as they were because they only had one national meal, the curry, where the British had two, namely roast beef and fish ‘n’ chips.

A curry is generally accepted to be unspecified meat or prawns, smothered in a hot sauce and boiled in a large pot for days, possibly weeks. In this way the meat loses all its flavour and takes on the flavour of chillies, cardamon, garam masala, turmeric, coriander and bay leaves. If you visit the original home of the curry, your meal will often come with a side order of food poisoning to aid digestion.

The English tend to eat their curries hotter than anyone else. This is for one of two reasons: (a) it’s one way to warm yourself up in what the English laughably call a temperate climate and (b) it is a test of manhood to be able to eat a chicken vindaloo without crying. This latter act has been celebrated in many parts of English culture, the most famous of which is the chorus of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit ‘Save a Prayer’ (‘Don’t say a prayer for me now, save it ’til the morning after’).

Source: H2G2 Guide

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