The Popularity of Indian Cuisine in the UK

February 24, 2020

According to research, the first Indian restaurant in the UK opened in 1809 and was a huge hit with locals looking for dishes that were considered exotic. In fact, there are now thought to be over 9000 establishments offering an authentic experience of Indian cuisine for locals throughout the country. Here at Royal Nawaab, we recognise the important role that Indian food plays in the UK. After all, curry is our national dish! Read on as we go over three reasons why Indian cuisine is so popular…


History shows that the UK has a long-standing connection with India that dates to the East India Company in the 17th century. In fact, many British colonisers would travel to the sub-continent for the trading of spices and bring back Indian cooks to serve in their households. Over the years, society allowed immigrants to become British nationals and the Indian cooks would take advantage of the love of Indian cuisine by opening their own restaurants for locals and visitors alike.


It is safe to say that curry is a well-known dish and one of the most popular aspects of Indian cuisine. After all, it can be cooked in large quantities, paired with staples like rice and used to in order to feed dozens of people in one go. As a result, it has become one of the most affordable dishes in the UK as people can purchase a hearty meal without breaking the bank. In fact, it is thought that this quality contributes significantly to the popularity of Indian cuisine in the UK.


In comparison to western food, Indian cuisine utilises exotic flavours and spice combinations that continue to excite the taste buds of Brits all over the country. After all, a well-balanced and authentic Indian curry is often more flavoursome than any Friday fish and chips! As a result, curry has been the UK’s favourite dish for almost two decades after foreign secretary Robin Cook referred to the Tikka Masala as a ‘true British national dish’ in 2001.

Here at Royal Nawaab, we want to give our diners an authentic taste of India which is why all our dishes are made using traditional flavours, spices and techniques. After all, there is nothing more disappointing that a lacklustre imitation of the real thing! To find out more information, get in contact with the Royal Nawaab restaurant and book a table at our Manchester or London locations today!