Despite our ongoing petition to have it abolished, Monday has arrived again. But don’t despair — this Monday will certainly be better than last Monday, and not just because you might keep from spilling an entire coffee onto your iPad. This Monday is different. This Monday is the first day of Curry Week. And any week that revolves around food (particularly rich, spicy, hearty, belly-warming food) is inevitably a good week in our book.
Thanks to science, you now have more reasons to eat curry than just a hankering and mild to medium hangover. According to a recent German study, curry is good for your brain health. Well, aromatic-turmerone is a t least, and it’s a compound found in turmeric. It has been linked to nerve cell growth in lab rats, and scientists are hoping they can make the same link in humans — which could potentially spur advancements in Alzheimer-related research.
See, we told you this Monday would be different!
In honor of this delicious and cranium-nutritious food, we’ve rounded up ten downright currific recipes from some of the UK’s best food bloggers.
Chickpea Curry – Tinned Tomatoes
Vegetarian and vegan cooking bloggess Jacqueline got this recipe from her yoga friend, Craig. We don’t know who Craig is, but this straightforward, well-seasoned dish is an absolute delight — so he gets brownie points by proxy. Jacqueline also served it with flour tortillas instead of naan, an idea we quite like (despite our devotion to naan).
Caramelised Onion, Coconut and Egg Curry
Confession: we’ve never had an egg curry before. Now that we know it’s glory, however, we can never go back. And since eggs = breakfast appropriate in our minds, we also love this dish as a morning wake-up call.
Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup – A Mummy Too
Perfect for those chilly days when you’re feeling a bit under the weather and could use a kick in the sinuses, this green curry soup is simple and scrumptious. While this particular recipe is vegetarian, we’re all for chucking some chicken or shrimp into it.
Baby Aubergine Curry (Bagara Baingan) – The Tiffin Box
Rich purple aubergines against a bright yellow sauce make this dish an absolute beauty to serve. Go on and impress everyone at your next dinner party.
Turkey Curry – English Mum
English Mum’s unmistakable tone is rapid, no-nonsense and makes you feel a bit like she’s standing in the kitchen with you, demanding to know why you haven’t crushed those peppercorns properly. Needless to say, we can’t wait to whip up her turkey curry come Boxing Day.
Beef and Lentil Hot Pot – Domesblissity
The only thing we don’t like about lentils is how dasterdly long it takes them to cook properly. We don’t get it — they’re so tiny! In any case, this slow cooker recipe is easily something you can let stew over night, or all day.
Thai Prawn and Pineapple Curry – Crumbs
We’re so pleased to have found this gem on Crumbs! The sweetness of the pineapple paired with the spice of the rest of the dish gives it a unique and surprising flavour profile. And since it’s a bit lighter, it’s also a good meal option for the transitional summer to autumn season.
Bunny Chow with Peach Curry – Ms Marmite Lover
Don’t worry — Bunny Chow is a South African street food dish, not a meal of Mr Cottontail. It’s also served in a small bread bowl, which makes it a curry sandwich of sorts. Kerstin gives an interesting and informative background on this dish too, so pop over to Ms Marmite and have a look.
Achaari Chicken – Butcher Baker Baby
With a flavour profile similar to sweet and sour chicken, this easy dish is packed full of spices, and delightfully filling.
Rhubarb and Lentil Curry – I’ve Mostly Been Eating
We’ve got to hand it to Jenny Chandler: this dish is an unexpected pairing of foods (lentils and rhubarb?!) and also incorporates sprouts. Sprouts, we tell you! It’s a melange of textures and flavours that manage to balance each other beautifully.