Celebrating curry culture

November 24 2021

CURRY houses in Kingswood, Staple Hill and Downend are commemorating the forefathers who introduced millions of Britons to a taste of the subcontinent.

British Curry Day has been launched to mark those who came to Britain from the 1960s - opening restaurants and takeaways – and to show support for the industry today.

Businesses taking part will donate £1 to good causes for every Tikka Masala sold on Wednesday, December 1. 

Naseem Talukdar, whose parents ran Rupali restaurant in Kingswood in the 1980s, said: “British curry has been a key culinary and cultural contribution made by migrants from the Indian subcontinent. “In turn, it has helped to support future generations in the industry - as well as doctors, teachers, engineers and other professions which help their communities.”

Curry Kings in Two Mile Hill Road in Kingswood, Curry Supreme and Arjee Bhajee in Staple Hill and Tikka Raz and Rajastan Royal in Downend have signed up to take part. 

Enam Ali, event founder, said: “Tragically we are losing many of the country’s first curry restaurateurs, who are now elderly with severe underlying health issues, to the pandemic.

“These people came to a strange foreign land at the invitation of the British government. Through their own endeavours and willingness to work anti-social hours, they built a special industry, which is now an integral part of British society.”

British Curry Day coincides with 50 years of independence for Bangladesh. A national holiday will be held in the country on December 16.