3 Misconceptions About Indian Curry


Here at Royal Nawaab, we want to introduce as many people as we can to the authentic taste of Indian and Pakistani food and put our showstopping flavours in the limelight. After all, a lot of Western diners fail to realise how bland their own dishes are until they venture outside of their own cuisine and taste the delicacies of Indian, Japanese or even Chinese cuisine. With this said, this lack of experimentation has also led people to misunderstand particular dishes like curry. Read on as we go over three misconceptions that diners tend to have about it…

  1. A curry has to be really spicy

Indian cuisine is a lot more versatile than diners tend to realise and this is down to the influence of the Western diet. After all, we tend to use fewer spices within our dishes which can make Indian food taste a lot spicier than it actually is, particularly when the dish is authentic, which is why mild curries like Korma and Tikka Masala have hit the high-street. These alternatives prove that Indian food doesn’t have to come with a heat-warning and that there is something on the menu for every member of the family regardless of their spice tolerance.

  1. The secret ingredient is curry powder

If you were to visit India and watch an authentic curry being made from scratch, you will struggle to find ‘curry powder’ as part of the ingredients list. After all, it is a British implementation. Instead, a traditional Indian curry will use a spice mix known as ‘Garam Masala’ which can be used during the cooking process itself or at the end to give a dish a little finishing touch. It is a common misconception that curry powder is the only ingredient you need to use to bring the taste of India to your living room, however this spice mix is nowhere near as authentic.

  1. Indian curry is unhealthy

The biggest misconception about Indian food that we tend to believe is that it isn’t very kind to the waistline. After all, a takeaway can be quite calorific! With this said, a lot of these curry houses intentionally use a lot of oil in order to give the dishes a distinctive flavour whereas traditional Indian curries aren’t quite as unhealthy. In fact, Indian cuisine as a whole is often reliant on vegetables to provide essential nutrients and grains like rice rather than creamy, rich curries. That isn’t to say that curry isn’t a fundamental part of the cuisine, but rather that it is made with much more health-conscious ingredients than diners tend to realise.

Since we live in a multicultural society, there are dozens of different cuisines to sink your teeth into! As the best family restaurant around, the team here at Royal Nawaab recognise the importance of making new diners feel welcome and that is why our dishes are made with versatility in mind. After all, there is no reason why Indian food cannot appeal to the masses! To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today.