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The Fascinating Story Behind the Word 'Curry

Among the myriad of dishes that grace Madras Cafe's menu, the concept of "curry" holds a special place, weaving together history, culture, and flavours in each serving.


But where does the term 'curry' originate, and how has it come to define the culinary experiences offered at places like Madras Cafe? Let's explore the roots of this globally cherished term.





The Origins of 'Curry'

The word 'curry' traces back to the Tamil word 'kari,' which means 'sauce' or 'relish for rice.' It's a term that encapsulates the essence of a vast array of dishes, characterised by their rich, spiced sauces that have become a staple in Indian cuisine and beyond. This linguistic journey from 'kari' to 'curry' is a reflection of the cultural exchanges between the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the world, particularly during the era of British colonialism.


A Global Culinary Phenomenon

As 'curry' made its way into the English lexicon, it evolved to represent a wide variety of dishes, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries. From the streets of South India to the heart of Glasgow, 'curry' has come to symbolise a culinary experience that is both diverse and inclusive. At Madras Cafe, this diversity is celebrated daily, offering a menu that caters to the tastes of our local clientele while staying true to the essence of Indian culinary traditions.


Where Every Dish Tells a Story

At Madras Cafe, 'curry' is more than just a dish; it's a celebration of flavours that brings people together. Whether you're a long-time fan of Indian cuisine or eager to explore new tastes, our curries are designed to offer something for everyone. It's a reflection of our commitment to creating meals that are both delightful and accessible, ensuring that every guest leaves with a story to tell.


The word 'curry' embodies a world of flavours, history, and cultural connections. At Madras Cafe, we invite you to be part of this ongoing culinary story, where traditional and innovative dishes meet to create unforgettable experiences. Join us in the heart of Glasgow, and let's explore the world of curry together.



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