Indian restaurant menus explained – which food is the hottest, which curry is mildest and which dish is most popular?

But have you ever wanted to try something new on your next order? Here's our guide to which curries are the hottest and the most popular on the menu.

Which curry is the hottest?

Phaal, Vindaloo and Madras are some of the hottest curries available.

Phaal is actually a British Asian Indian curry dish, which originated in Indian restaurants in Birmingham and is  one of the hottest forms of curry regularly available, even hotter than the vindaloo, using a large number of ground standard chilli peppers, or a hotter type of chilli such as scotch bonnet or habanero.

Typically, the dish is a tomato-based thick curry and includes ginger and optionally fennel seeds.

Madras' served in restaurants can vary in spice and are usually hot or very hot, red or brown, a hotter version of a plain curry or quite rich in tomatoes.

It is seen as a standard hot curry.

Vindaloo, in many restaurants, is seen as a pumped up version of a madras.

Which curry is the mildest?

Korma and pasanda are usually the two mildest dishes on the menu at an Indian restaurant.

The former usually contains ground almonds, coconut and thick cream.

It is often described as being very mild but a good korma should not be bland.

Pasanda is very similar to korma as it also contains ground almonds and cream but is seen to be milder in flavour.

What is the most popular Indian dish in Britain?

Chicken tikka masala is the all time most popular dish on the Indian restaurant menu and is somewhere in the middle of the spice scale.

The nations love for the dish means many seek perfection.

Chicken tikka pieces should be aromatic and slightly smoky from the tandoor.

The masala sauce should be well spiced but not hot, rich and creamy and have a hint of coconut. Tikka masala usually has a deep red colour, gained from the use of artificial food colourings.

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