Britain’s 3 favourite curries: which one is the oldest?

By Voujon Stonnall Category: Food Comments: No comment Tags:

For many of us, there are many things we take for granted that other people didn’t grow up with. Think about: How many of you think that showers have been around forever? However, showers were a luxury item until as late as the 1960s, when they became more commonplace. What about dishwashers? They became more common in the 1970s. It’s funny how things we can’t live without are actually very modern inventions.

That brings us nicely onto curry. Today the three big hitters in the world of curry are Chicken Tikka Masala, Balti and Jalfrezi, but which is the oldest?

  1. Balti – 1977

Balti means “bucket” – which is after the type of bowl it was originally cooked it. Whilst the balti in various forms has been around for a long time, the Balti we know and love today wasn’t served in the UK until 1977 when a Birmingham curry house ‘invented’ it.

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala – 1971

Ah the Chicken Tikka Masala, the true curry symbol of the UK. It seems like it’s always been around, however, it wasn’t actually invented until 1971 in Scotland when a chef mixed tomato soup with spices.

  1. Jalfrezi – 1858 – 1947

The new UK’s favourite is also the oldest of the three. Apparently invented when mixing leftovers with onion and chilli, the spicy Jalfrezi quickly made it into the British Raj cookbooks. The British crown ruled the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947, so that definitely makes it the oldest of the list.

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