3.5 million curries are eaten in the UK every week.
Total annual spend in the UK on Indian food is £2.8 billion
More than 30 million people in Britain now eat curry frequently - and numbers are still rising
The world’s largest curry, cooked at the Eastern Eye restaurant in Lichfield on 17 July 2000, weighed 3,106.5 kg (6,848.7 lbs) and fed 7,500 people
The world’s largest nan bread was made for the 1999 Kingfisher National Day by the Bengal Brasserie restaurant, in Hither Green, south east London. It measured two inches thick, 66 cm (26 ins) long and 58.4 cm (23 ins) wide, and weighed 4 kg (8.81 lbs)
Fenugreek, an ingredient used in certain Indian dishes, contains a substance which acts in a similar way to a human’s sex hormones and is recommended by Chinese herbalists to cure impotence
There are over 7,000 different varieties of rice - a grain known to have been cultivated as long ago as 7000BC
According to gypsy folklore, two chilli peppers, tied together and placed under your pillow, will stop a wayward partner straying
The number of Indian restaurants in the UK has rocketed from 500 in 1960 to an estimated 7,900 in 2000
1,440 tonnes of pickles and chutney are consumed at UK Indian restaurants every year
UK curry lovers munch nearly four million popadoms a week
Brits devour 25 million portions of chicken tikka masala - the nation’s favourite Indian dish - each year.
An average portion of chicken tikka masala contains 870 calories
There are more Indian restaurants in Greater London than in Bombay and New Delhi combined
Indian defence scientists have discovered the world’s hottest chilli growing in Assam and are hoping to use it to develop a new tear gas. The ‘naga jolokia’ measures a blistering 855,000 units on the Scoville Scale, more than 50 per cent hotter than the Mexican habanero chilli, the previous world record holder
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