There are not many self respecting Brits who don’t love a curry, whether it’s vegan inspired street food, a comforting BIR takeaway, a trip to a Balti House for a sizzling bowl of caramelised spice or the challenge of cooking a curry from scratch at home, where spice is concerned, us Brits can’t seem to get enough.
According to a survey by the telegraph earlier this year, curry is the nation's number one dish to make at home, so it seems fitting that a spice inspired gift is certain to please many a friend or relative for Birthdays or Christmas.
A plethora of Indian cookbooks are of course a must have for any self respecting curry fan... but where gifts are concerned, there’s always a chance they'll have it, or if my cook book shelf with spice stained pages is anything to go by, enough of them already! We’re taking a look at some gift alternatives to delight the spice fans in your life...
- Masala Dubba Tin- These beautiful and traditional tins are a must for anyone who loves to cook a curry at home. Turn your cooking process into art with your spices beautifully presented and on hand to make you look like a true pro in the kitchen. Made by award winning family company The Spice Kitchen.
- A Curry Kit Subscription- Yes such a brilliant thing does exist! Curry with Love offer a range of subscription packages between 3-12months and from £45 for 4 curries a month. Each month 4 delicious expertly blended curry kits will drop through your door, filling your home with sensual spice aroma and making a mid week curry dinner a breeze. Made by family run company Curry With Love.
- A cookery course! Dan Toombs 'The Curry Guy' is a top selling Curry author and UK authority on the BIR (British Indian Restaurant) cooking style. Dan runs a range of classes and course both from his ‘curry cave’ in North Yorkshire and at workshops nationwide and in France!
- An Authentic Balti bowl- designed and made in Birmingham, home of the Balti. Hand finished by expert craftsman and made to last for life. For the curry cook who has (almost!) everything, our specialist bowls bring authentic Balti cooking into the home kitchen.
- Curry by Liz Collingham. The definitive history of curry. A must have book for anyone interested in the history of one the UK’s favourite dishes.
- They’ve got the curry book, spices to make the dish and the bowl to cook it in but what they need are some awesome zingy chutney's to go with! We love Cheeky Chutney’s range of hand made chutneys in bright packaging and lip smacking flavours such as smelly garlic and messy mango made from handed down Indian family recipes.
- Chocolate and Spice go together like curry and naan, right? The Mexicans were onto something with their Mole sauce and spiced hot chocolate and so is British Chocolatier Paul Tomlinson of Cocoa Hernando with his sublimely decadent range of chocolates inspired by his travels. Milk chocolate Masala discs anyone?