Poll Reveals British Appreciation for Fiery Foods on the Rise

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27th July 2011 17:02 - Food

A new poll of 1,058 people by 'Chaat!', the in-house magazine of the British Curry Club, has discovered the current top choice of Britons in Indian restaurants.

Fiery Jalfrezi, originating from North India, is now rated as the most popular dish, replacing Chicken Tikka Masala, which has now dropped to eighth place in the survey.

In total, the majority of those polled voted for Jalfrezi as top at 21%, followed by Madras at 18% and Rogan Josh in third place at 11%. Creamy but mild Korma only made 10th place with 2% of the votes.

The Mumbai-born entrepreneur regarded as Britain's 'curry king', Ghulam Noon, commented: "People's taste buds have changed. It is not only Asian food, but Italian, Mexican and Malaysian too. Restaurants used to dole out insipid curries. No longer. Also people are used to hot curries now…(but) extraordinarily hot is never tasty."

Dave Jenkins, editor of  Chaat! Magazine, added: "It's really interesting to see that Jalfrezi has topped the list. Being a spice lover myself, I think this is great news. People have been depending on the milder curries for too long now, so it's great to see some more adventurous dishes topping the list."

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