New research carried out for National Curry Week 2015 reveals that Chicken Tikka Masala is still the nation’s favourite – but only just – as curry fans become more and more aware of regional dishes. Of the specified dishes, Jalfrezi has now moved into second place, indicating the desire for slightly hotter dishes but Vindaloo does not even make the top ten.

Top Indian Dishes

Chicken Tikka Massala      19%
Other                                    16%
Jalfrezi                                  13%
Biryani                                  13%
Balti                                      10%
Chicken Dhansak                 9%
Rogan Josh                           6%
Meat Madras                        6%
Karahi Ghost                        6%
Korma                                   1%

When it comes to favourite regional cuisines it is not surprising that Bangladeshi comes out on top as over two thirds of Britain’s Indian restaurants are Bangladeshi owned or operated. The growth in South Indian cuisine is shown by its joint second place with Punjabi food and Kashmiri food ranks surprisingly high in the table.

Top Indian Regional Cuisines 

Bangladeshi                   35%
Punjabi                           18%
South Indian                  18%
Kashmiri                         10%
Pakistani                           5%
Hyderabadi                       5%
Mogul                                3%
Parsi                                  3%
Rajasthani                         2%
Evolved                              2%

When it comes to poppadoms, which lie very much at the heart of National Curry Week, it seems two plain poppadoms per person is still the norm, coming top with 37%, although 27% say they go for more than this. Spicy poppadoms are still less popular, with just 13% of respondents opting for two per person and 7% one.

When compared with all other favourite cuisines, Indian comes in second with 14%, followed by Thai, third with 10%. The clear favourite is that vague ‘Other’, underlining the huge variation of cuisine available in Britain.

Favourite Cuisines

Other                                  62%
Indian                                 14%
Thai                                     10%
Italian                                    4%
British                                   3%
Chinese                                 3%
Caribbean                             1%
Mexican                                1%
Spanish                                 1%
Greek                                     1%

The 18th National Curry Week takes place from 12-18 October 2015.