Everyone has their favourite curry, whether you love spice or not, thankfully there is something for everyone in the Indian cuisine. The questions Indian restaurants are most frequently asked when customers are ordering is “how spicy is it?”. Some Indian takeaways have even taken to coding their menus with little chillis to inform customers of the level of spice.
We understand the struggle of ordering a curry with the right amount of spice and many people stick to ordering the same thing when they have found one that they like. However, there are so many other dishes that you need to try, so, we have ranked all of the most popular curries from hottest to mildest so you know which to order next time from your local takeaway delivery.
When it comes to the top of the list of hot curries, nothing sits above the Phall. This curry isn’t for the faint-hearted, it is the hottest curry you’ll find on most Indian restaurant menus, even though it wasn’t actually created in India. It is a British Asian dish originating in Birmingham. This spicy flavour is made with a mix of ginger, fennel seed and a combination of chilli peppers.
This is probably the most well known incredibly hot curry. It actually comes from a simple Portuguese dish, carne de vinha d’alhos, which roughly translates as ‘meat in garlic wine’. After being introduced to Goa in India, ginger, spices and much more chilli powder has been added to this recipe, making the pork, beef or lamb dish one of the spiciest curries available.
The Jalfrezi is a straight-up, no-nonsense hot curry. Its Bengali translation is ‘spicy food’, so it is no surprise that this curry is up there with the hottest on the menu. This dish originally entailed frying up leftovers in fragrant herbs and spices and it is now made by stir-frying peppers, green chillies, coriander and onions to make a dense, hot sauce that coats the meat.
This is one of the most commonly ordered hot curries from an Indian takeaway. However, it is a less traditional dish meaning, flavour and consistency can differ depending on the chef’s preferences. A madras is made up of a tomato base, resulting in a tangy yet spicy sauce and it is usually cooked with beef. If you like the taste of this sauce but it is too much for you don’t worry, many people stir yoghurt into it to reduce the kick.
Bhuna comes from the Urdu word for ‘fried’, this is because all of the spices are fried in oil during the cooking process. Traditionally this dish only uses these spices and once the meat is added it is served, however, nowadays it is more than likely that your bhuna will be served accompanied with a thick sauce made with tomato, onion and red pepper making it less spicy.
Brits love a tikka masala and it is often an automatic go-to dish for a takeaway order. We would call this a middle of the road dish, the spicier ingredients, such as chilli peppers, are balanced with yoghurt and cream. To make this dish, boneless chicken is baked in a tandoor oven before being coated in the creamy tomato sauce.
This is a controversial dish, is it really a curry? We think so. Unlike the other curry dishes mentioned, a Biryani is a mix of meat with rice rather than just meat alone which can be accompanied by rice by choice. This curry has more of a tomato base rather than a creamy yoghurt base and is therefore preferred by some people.
A pasanda is a safe bet if you are trying to avoid spice. The mild flavour of this dish comes from a rich mix of cream, coconut yoghurt and almonds. Peppercorns, garlic and cumin, are commonly used as the seasoning to give the curry some flavour.
Originating in northern India and Pakistan, the Korma curry is traditionally made from yoghurt, coconut milk and almonds, it is one of the mildest curries you will find on the menu. It is flavoured with coriander and cumin and, there is a noticeable absence of chilli, but the lack of spice doesn’t mean a lack of taste.
Choosing your curry
No matter what your spice threshold may be, when you order a takeaway online you are guaranteed a delicious meal when you pick any one of these curries. If you are looking for the perfect restaurant to order your online takeaway delivery from you need to visit ChefOnline. We can help you find your local restaurants, provide you with the menus and give you a quick and easy way to order your food.