Arun Vajpey

Apr 21, 2009
The impression I got was that 'curry' was in the UK not very common in the UK till the 1950s and 1960s except in those families like mine where someone returned to the UK after experience of India.
You could be right. Till the mid 60s, Curry was probably not uncommon in the UK due to the Indian Raj connections. But then it faded a bit; when I came to the UK in 1985, curry was not very popular and when I asked for coriander at the local Sainsbury's, they looked at me as thought I was a Martian. But today, it is a popular herb with the local English people who seem to indulge in their own version of the curry.

Going back to my original question, I was under the (maybe wrong) impression that eating rice was considered beneath their upbringing for the upper classes. Since curries are usually eaten with rice, I assumed that they did not usually figure at rich folks' tables.

Jim Currie

Apr 16, 2008
Funchal. Madeira
In fact, Curry became popular with students in Glasgow from the late 50's onward. There was a restaurant named the Taj Mahal which I visited when on leave. At that time, I was navigator on Anchor Line passenger ships running from the UK to Bombay (Munbai). The food was great and as near to what I ate in India as could have been.