Top tips for curry fans this National Curry WeekHere's how to enjoy the tastiest curry

10 October 2011

National curry week

National Curry Week runs from 9 – 15 October, aiming to promote the cuisine in Britain. Whether you're cooking from scratch or eating out, here are our top curry tips.

With 70% of the nation enjoying the dish, National Curry Week is in its 14th year. Follow our tips for a great week of cooking, ordering and enjoying curry.

Make your own curry paste

Ditch the takeaway menus and ready-made sauce jars in favour of making your own curry paste - made easier with the help of a mini chopper. 

The small size of these kitchen gadgets makes them well suited for whizzing up your favourite curry paste in a few seconds. We've got 12 mini choppers on test in our food processors review, with prices starting under £15.

Curry, but not in a hurry

Sales of slow cookers have soared by 20% in the past year - fuelled by people cooking at home more, wanting healthier meals and using cheaper cuts of meat. They take the hassle out of cooking and deliver tasty results without too much effort. 

Grab the recipe book and set your slow cooker going while you're out and about - one of our slow cooker Best Buys will produce a great-tasting curry on your return home.

Re-use your leftovers

Leftover curry paste or any extra curry you make can be frozen and used at a later date. A decent microwave will evenly reheat those frozen leftovers to help you get the best out of your batch. 

We've tested over 100, and evaluate how well each microwave defrosts food, and how consistent a temperature your microwave heats your meal to.

Eat in for less

We've also spotted these bargain takeaway and supermarket offers to help you enjoy curry for less.

  • New customers ordering through online takeaway website can get 15% off their first order (courtesy of MoneySavingExpert).
  • Ocado is offering a curry, rice and Cobra bundled meal deal for £10 until 1 November.
  • Tesco has a 'three for two' offer running on selected items from its fresh Indian ready meal range.
  • Sainsbury's is offering Patak's curry pastes for £1 (saving 99p) as part of National Curry Week.
  • Marks and Spencer has an Indian takeaway 'deal for two' for £10 in stores this week.

Eat out

If all else fails, search for a local curry restaurant rated and recommended by Which? members by heading over to Which? local. We've got hundreds of restaurant reviews on the site, along with maps and contact details.

More on this…

  • Kitchen appliances for batch cooking tried and tested by Which?: slow cookers, food processors and microwaves
  • Recommend a curry house near you - head to Which? local to review your favourite local restaurant.
  • Want more recommendations for eating out? The Good Food Guide is the UK's best-selling restaurant guide.