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Curry restaurants turn up the heat for charity

The first National Curry Week was held in 1988 Credit: ITV

National Curry Week is underway, and due to finish on 13 October.

The first National Curry Week was started in 1988 by the late Peter Grove, a journalist and food enthusiast, in an attempt to achieve three key objectives: to honour the nation’s favourite cuisine; to celebrate and support the Indian restaurant industry; and to raise money for poverty-focussed charities.

Over the past 20 years, the official charity behind National Curry Week, ‘Curry for Change’, has been helping to combat malnourishment in rural communities throughout Asia and Africa. They provide families with the means to grow their own food and give access to information on nutrition and health.

One of the dishes being cooked this week Credit: ITV

To date, Curry for Change has supported 16,500 families who were suffering from hunger. They say just £110 can help a group of women in India to set up a small business.

The charity’s success will never be short of support . Last year it was reported that curry overtook fish and chips, spaghetti Bolognese and the traditional Sunday roast as Britain’s favourite home-cooked dish.

There are several ways to get involved and support the cause from hosting your own curry night, purchasing their recipe book or by heading out to your local participating restaurant.

You can find more information here.