When you have a day, week or month to celebrate or raise awareness of everything from diseases to foods it can be easy to overlook some of the very best ones. National Curry Week is currently being celebrated and is into its 16th year with more and more people getting involved by going out to their local restaurants or even trying their hand at making their own curries for family and friends.
National Curry Week began in 1998 in an attempt to promote the huge variety of foods, and also to raise money for charities focusing on hunger and poverty particularly across South Asia. Its hoped that people will dine out at a restaurant taking part in the initiative so that they can experience a range of curried food and give generously to the cause.
Organisers have come up with three great ways in which you can get involved with the weeks activities, starting with dining out at any of the restaurants participating in National Curry Week; doing a Come Dine With Me style curry week with five of your friends in which you all make different dishes and donate the money that would go to the winner to the cause; and supporting the event by buying products from schools, universities and other organisations forming links with Curry Week.
Curry is renowned for being one of the most popular dishes in the UK, with many actually seeing meals such as Chicken Tikka Massala as the national dish of the UK over things like roast dinners. Such is the popularity of curries, many have even developed right here in the UK with people making their own versions of the traditional meals in their own homes using herbs and spices that might otherwise remain in the back of the cupboard for years to come.
If youre going to get involved, dont just restrict yourself to having your favourite dish in your favourite restaurant, go a little bit out there and take this opportunity to try something new. For instance, if youre a big fan of Chicken Madras, why not try the lamb alternative. If youre a bit skeptical about trying a new curry, make one yourself before you have it in the restaurant or give our Halal Bombay Chicken sandwich a try on your lunch break to see what you think of something a bit spicy!
Let us know what your favourite curry is, or even send us your Curry Week pictures using our social media pages, wed love to see how creative you guys are!