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Curry Week to celebrate Indian restaurants’ 200th birthday

By Becky Paskin , 18-Feb-2009

National Curry Week 2009 is set to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Indian restaurant in Britain

The dates for 2009’s National Curry Week (NCW) have been announced, as the nation celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first Indian restaurant in Britain, the Hindoostanee Coffee House.

From 22-28 November 2009, Britain will once again be celebrating its ‘national dish’ with a series of events held to raise money for NCW’s chosen charity.


This year will see restaurateurs and curry fanatics alike raise funds for newly created charitable fund, The Curry Tree , which aims to ‘alleviate the plight of the malnourished, starving and poor of South East Asia and the world.’


NCW founder Peter Grove will along with trustees Enam Ali MBE and Cyrus Todiwala MBE, target the 23 million people that eat out each year to pledge just £1 each to the cause. “This year we are trying to pull the national curry family together to have some fun and help as many disadvantaged as possible,” he said.


Joining the successful ‘Can You Handle The Heat Challenge’ that was last year won by Alun Sperring of The Chilli Pickle in Brighton, are the pakora/ samosa creation challenge and a national signature dish competition.


For more information on how to get involved, visit , or email Peter Grove at .