The Indian food even though considered to be a bit heavier on wallet in Australia than places like UK but has gained popularity in Australia with many Indian restaurants and fast food outlets selling Indian food.
The land down under has quite love and passion for Indian restaurants and Indian cuisine. It’s nothing to be surprised about that Indian cuisine fan base is growing slowly from the 1960s, the time when the Aussies had just begun their travel to India.At present Indians in Australia are present in big numbers from earlier ears; the numbers only seem to grow bigger as time is passing by. The Recent census data reveal that Australia’s Indian population is 5,00,000 and is seen to have multiplied over the past six years, making us the fourth biggest community of migrants to Australia.
Australian loves Indian dishes and finds Indian food delightfully colorful and intense. Australians nowrealizethat each place of India has its own flavor and style of cooking and here are a few of their favourites
Chicken Vindaloo, Tandoori chicken, Chicken Tikka, Biryani,Rogan Josh, Potato Bhaji, Potato curry, Chicken kebabs, Egg plant curry,Carrot halwa, Cardamom chai, Mango lassi, dosa, and Palakpaneer!
Most "Indian" fast food shops sell rice with curries and Naan bread. The curries that are sold are usually labelled with "mild", "medium", "hot", as well as their proper name. So you can see "Butter Chicken - Mild" (or can be "Very Mild"), "Vindaloo - Hot", and so on. Usually there are around eight different varieties of curries, ranging from mild to hot. Butter chicken is most popular among all, especially for Anglo Australians who are not used to hotter curries.
The celebrity of Australian chef Curtis Stone, a reality TV show ‘Take Home Chef’ was quoted to have said, “Australian cuisine is very relaxed and has multicultural influence including that of Asia, Europe. Indian cuisine has complexity, and balance of spices, for particular dishes, particular regions are a major factor in India."
Some of the finest and most popular Indian restaurants in Australia are:
This fine restaurant is the right spot to stop by if you’re looking for some fancy high class Indian cuisine along with some fine local and international wines. Aki’s restaurant makes the best crab podimas and iddiappam; a must-order dish at Aki’s would have to be the Kerala chilli-beef!
It is highly recommended that you should do the advance booking of tables if you’re looking to go to Annapurna which is one of Hobart’s most favorite eateries. Annapurna offers both South Indian as well as North Indian dishes of top quality!
Zaaffran, an Indian Restaurant in Sydney, and is outstanding with its innovative and also authentic Indian curries. Not only is the food spectacular but also is the view of Sydney’s favorite entertainment destination, Darling Harbour, as you are served your meal.
Darwin’s most recently opened Indian restaurant, Saffrron, offers a promising dining experience that is not just contemporary but intimate. Saffrron’s menu offers almost every Indian dish you want, from Kerala lamb curry, butter chicken masala to various Indian sweets like the famous Indian ice cream, kulfi.
Flavour of India is Sydney’s “most awarded Indian restaurant” which has been offering top Indian dishes for over two decades. Its specialty is Chicken Tikka masala and also offers some interestingly rare dishes such as Tandoori prawns, and Taj chicken salad.
These are just a few examples of the numerous options that are ready to dazzle you with the flavor of home!
The popularity of Indian food is not only in Australia, but also the world-over is mostly due to the interest of English’s and introduction of our dishes to the western world. This is what the world mainly recognizes till the date as “Indian food”; all these years, however, people have developed more awareness of the variety of our dishes and got that, the Indian cuisine is about more than just curry.