3 Indian Curries Make It To The Top 10 List

Curry, a culinary masterpiece, holds a special place in the hearts and taste buds of people across the globe. Originating from the Indian subcontinent, this delectable dish has evolved and embraced a multitude of variations throughout its journey, making it a beloved and diverse staple in countless cultures. Whether enjoyed in the bustling streets of Mumbai, the vibrant markets of Bangkok, or the cosy kitchens of London, curry's distinct flavours, vibrant colours, and irresistible aromas have captivated food enthusiasts worldwide.

This worldwide love for curry was clear through Taste Altas’ recent list of the best curries in the world. Thailand, Japan and India dominated the Top 10 with Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta and Butter Chicken Making an appearance at the fourth, fifth and sixth spots respectively. Phaenang Curry, also known as Panang Curry – known more commonly to us in India as Thai Red Curry – was the overall winner.

The Top 10 is as follows:

  1. Phaenang Curry - Thailand
  2. Khao Soi - Northern Thailand
  3. Kare - Japan
  4. Shahi Paneer - Punjab, India
  5. Malai Kofta - Northern India
  6. Butter Chicken - Delhi, India
  7. Green Curry - Central Thailand
  8. Massaman Curry - Thailand 
  9. Kare Raisu - Japan
  10. Thai Curry - Thailand

For lovers of curry, picking a favourite can also be a divisive topic. When the list was released, it was met with mixed feelings from readers. Many felt that each country’s interpretation of curry was so different that it didn’t make sense to pit them against each other. Some others noted that all the curries on the list were from North India and South India wasn’t represented at all, even though it’s historically the birthplace of curry.

The word "curry" itself is derived from the Tamil word "kari," which means sauce or relish. However, curry, as we know it today, is a result of centuries of culinary influences and cultural exchanges. Indian traders and travellers introduced the concept of spiced dishes to other parts of the world, including Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Over time, local ingredients and cooking techniques blended with Indian flavours, leading to the diverse range of curries we find today.

Despite the countless adaptations, one thing remains constant: the universal love and appreciation for curry, transcending borders and connecting people through the shared joy of savouring this extraordinary dish.