Jalfrezi leaves behind chicken tikka masala to ‘top’ UK’s favourite curry list

London: Chicken tikka masala is no longer Briton’s favourite dish, having now been replaced by jalfrezi.

According to a new poll, the jalfrezi – a far hotter dish cooked using green chillies – is the most popular choice in Britain’s 10,000 Indian restaurants. The second most popular was the madras, another hot dish that contains large amounts of chilli powder. Chicken tikka masala only makes it into eighth place.

The poll by Chaat!, the in–house magazine of the British Curry Club, found that Britons were becoming far more adventurous and developing a taste for spicier dishes.

Of the 1,058 people surveyed, 21 per cent voted for the jalfrezi and 18 per cent the madras. While Rogan josh came third, with 11pc, korma could only manage 10th place with two per cent of votes.

"It’s really interesting to see that jalfrezi has topped the list. Being a spice lover myself, I think this is great news. People have been depending on the milder curries for too long now, so it’s great to see some more adventurous dishes topping the list,” the Telegraph quoted Dave Jenkins, the editor of Chaat!, as saying.

Jalfrezi is a hot curry with green chillies, peppers, onion and tomatoes, whose name comes from the Bengali word jhal, meaning spicy hot.


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