Indian Food Facts (July 2012)

News has reached the Curry Focus Team about an interesting article in the online Dhaka Courier.

The article is about a curry expo that is going to be held in October of this year.

And there are some mind boggling facts contained in the article that we would like to share with you.

We’ve known for a while that curries account for 2 out of 3 of all meals that are eaten out of the home. But the value of these meals is now reckoned to be a staggering £4.2 billion.

More than 3 million curries are served in the 12,000 Indian restaurants in a year and about 85% of the restaurants are run by Bangladeshi people (Bangladesh used to be known as East Pakistan before it became independent in 1971). As well as Indian curries, it seems that we British also love eating curries from other countries with the main curry types being Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian (a couple of us in the office are also partial to Jamaican and Singaporean curries).

And it is calculated that 1 million people UK people have a curry every day (nobody in the Curry Focus Team manages to do that although a couple of us could qualify if we put our minds to it).

Somebody has had a bit of time on their hands because they have worked out that the British Indian restaurants get through 200,000 tonnes of rice a year and 4 million poppadoms are eaten every week in the UK. Amazing numbers.

It seems that, despite the gloom and doom about Indian restaurants not being able to import Indian chefs, we still love going out for a curry.

Previously published Curry Focus blogs, titled “Indian Food – The Facts” and “Indian Food Curry Facts”, also have some interesting facts and figures about the UK’s favourite food.

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