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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Indian food

Sake Dean Mahomed opened Britain's first Indian restaurant on the site of 102 George Street, Marylebone, London in 1810. He stated that the Hindoostane coffee house was for “the Nobility and Gentry where they might enjoy the Hookha with real Chilm tobacco and Indian dishes of the highest perfection.” Mahomed was declared bankrupt in 1812, although the restaurant carried on until 1833 under different owners.

Christian X, the King of Denmark between 1912 and 1947, was the first person to regularly drink lager with curry. The king had grown fond of Veeraswamy, an Indian restaurant in London. As his favorite Danish lager, Carlsberg, was not available in England, he had some shipped over in a barrel, thus enabling the Danish monarch to have his preferred drink with his favorite meal.

Although it's origins are hotly disputed, chicken tikka masala did not originate in India, and likely to have originated in Glasgow, but is now sold in almost every Indian restaurant in the world.

Chicken tikka masala is now the UK's most popular restaurant dish. It accounts for one in seven curries sold in the UK.

Aakash Restaurant in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England is the largest Indian restaurant in the world. It seats about 860 guests at a time and is housed in a 19th century chapel. 

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