It’s official – Indian takeaways make us happy!
2,100 lucky volunteers took part in the study to find out what takeaways boosted their mood most and it was found that curry increased their mood by a staggering 83%! The experiment used the ‘Brief Mood Introspection Scale’ (BMIS) and it saw the volunteers’ mood shoot from 142 to 260 on the scale after they had eaten the dish. The study took place over four weeks to find out which takeaways boosted our serotonin levels the most. Serotonin is the hormone that makes you happy – the higher the level, the happier we are!
Any takeaway is going to increase your mood – just the thought of not having to do the dishes will bring a smile to anyone’s face! But what makes curry such a mood-lifter?
Why is curry so good?
What’s so good about a cheeky Rogan Josh, or a tasty wee tandoori that keeps us coming back for more?
Curries have been part of the British diet since as far back as the 18th century. It started to become popular however when Queen Victoria discovered her love for Indian food and because the upper and middle classes loved to copy Victoria whims, curry took off in a big way!
The Indian takeaways that we all know and love today appeared on the culinary scene after World War II, when many South Asians migrated to the UK after fighting for the allies. Soon shops were opened that served traditional British fare alongside curries. As time went on, the food became engrained into the British culinary landscape and we’ve never looked back since!
Curries are obviously tasty, and that is fundamentally the reason why they are so popular and make us happy when we have one winging their way to us, but the real work is done in the dish by that old favourite spice – turmeric. This is the ingredient that is used to give your fave curry its distinctive bright colour. Turmeric is said to improve your mood as well as your memory and mood, according to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
One of the main elements of turmeric is the compound curcumin which is also seen to be a great anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties and anecdotally is said to be a reason why countries that have a high consumption of the spice, such as India, tend to have a lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease. The spice is great for cognition and the brain in general!
What is Curry made of?
Don’t know the difference between a Biryani and Korma?
The traditional cooking methods of curry can differ greatly depending on what region the dish comes from, but here’s a handy guide to what are some of the main kinds of curry available and what to expect when you order them, and how hot your curry might be!
What is Bhuna?
- Made from tomato and tamarind with plenty of onions and sautéed slowly over a low flame. Bhuna is a medium to hot curry – 6/10 in the spiciness scale.
What is Biryani?
- A really popular kind of curry and found all over India. It’s another tomato-based dish with rice with meat or vegetables. Another medium curry on the heat scale – 5/10
What is Jalfrezi.?
- A dish that includes red peppers, sweet peppers, coconut, tomatoes and spices all cooked together. Originating from Kashmir where the word “Jalfrezi” means stir-fry. This is defiantly one of the hot curries from an Indian takeaway – 8/10 on the heat scale.
What is Korma?
- A korma is as mild as it gets. Made from coconut, almond, and saffron. Tasty but very easy on the palate – 2/10 in heat.
What is Madras?
- Named after a region from southern India, it includes tomato with coriander, cumin and fenugreek. Madras tend to be hot and spicy – 8/10 spice level.
What is Pasanda?
- Rich and creamy, made from almonds and coconut. it is similar to Korma with the difference being that Korma It is a sweet dish without too much heat. Nice and mild – 2/10 in the heat stakes.
What is Rogan Josh?
- Another Kashmir dish with a distinctive red sauce made from tomatoes, cardamom and Kashmiri chillies. Not too spicy, but the dish has loads of great flavours to enjoy – 4/10 spice level.
What is Tandoori and Tikka?
- Tandoori and tikka are very similar dishes. Tikka generally refers to boneless, marinated chicken while Tandoori has the bone in. Both dishes are marinated in yoghurt and spices and cooked in a tandoor – a cylindrical clay or metal oven that can get as hot as almost 500 Celsius! More of a medium spice dish – 5/10.
What is Tikka Masala?
- Tikka Masala is a British invention that combines the above tikka tomatoes and onions cooked with spices (masala). Another medium dish that is very popular, especially in UK Indian takeaways.
What is Vindaloo?
- Vindaloo is very often the spiciest item on the menu at any Indian restaurant or Indian takeaway. It is made from tomato, cumin, and most crucially – chilli! Should only be tackled if you like your dishes hot, hot, hot! We’d give it a 9/10 on the heat scale.
Where can I get the best curry in Inverness?
Looking for the best Indian Takeaways in Inverness? Look no further than getzz app – the local Inverness takeaway app that’s find the ‘best Indian takeaway near me’ in a flash!
On getzz, they only have the best local food delivered to your door or prepared fresh for collection. You can order some fantastic curries in Inverness, from old favourites to tasty new flavours from great local restaurants like:
Sam’s Indian Cuisine Inverness – serving curries in Inverness since the ’80s, Sam’s has a great range of spicy to mild dishes that’s sure to tickle everyone’s fancy!
Georges Thai & South Indian Restaurant – George’s has the most unique offerings of dishes with its Thai and South Indian inspired cuisine. A place you can order from every day of the week and not get tired of their distinctive menu.
Kool Runnings – Scotland best Jamaican restaurant has some great curry options. They offer traditional British fare alongside some fantastic Caribbean dishes that leave you smiling from ear to ear!
Download the getzz takeaway Inverness app now to see what’s on the menu and get yourself a plate of happiness!