Tastes and Flavours: The Curry Road
Curry is undoubtedly the most popular spice blend on the planet. We can trace the roots of this blend back to the Tarkaris of South-East India, where it was first found in various simmered, spiced dishes that were totally unknown in the rest of the country. It is in this region, in Madras more specifically, that the English established their first colony in the 18th century. We don’t have all the details, but we can imagine the effect these dishes had on the British taste buds of the day, which were used to a cuisine renowned for its lack of, well, flavor. The enchantment was immediate, and the infatuation continues, centuries later, as curry is now officially Britain’s national dish.