pork vindaloo by flavorrelish
pork vindaloo, a photo by flavorrelish on Flickr.

What do you get when you have Indian food cooked by a Bengali or Pakistani in Great Britain? You’ve got BIR (British Indian Restaurant) food, and it’s a cuisine unto itself. Dishes are taken from their native land, then brought to the UK and transformed to suit local tastes and ingredients. This is what many Brits would consider “comfort food” (with Chicken Tikka Masala being hailed as Britian’s “new national dish”), above such regional specialties as bangers and mash and toad-in-the-hole. According to one food blogger, an authentic British curry is saucy, greasy, spicy, mid-brown to red in color, and contains millions of calories (which is why it tastes so good).

Some expats, longing to relive the experience of eating at their favorite curry house on a rainy London evening, have spent countless hours attempting to concoct the perfect BIR curry in their own kitchens. So here are a few ways you Britophiles can make this peculiar cuisine at home. Consider it a beginners’ guide to BIR curry:

Vegetable jalfrezi  by hlkljgk
Vegetable jalfrezi , a photo by hlkljgk on Flickr.


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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

This article has 6 comments

  1. Amateur Cook Reply

    Seems quite involved for something that isn’t ‘authentic‘. I bet many Indians would contest that they could achieve the same flavour with half the ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep this in my curry recipe archive.

  2. Abby Rogers Reply

    Thanks for stopping by, Amateur Cook! I would certainly appreciate a delicious curry recipe that doesn’t have six dozen ingredients!

  3. John Reply

    Can you tell me, if you know, what happened to thecurrysauce.com. The website has disappeared and was brilliant for recipes. Especially the BIR section

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