From Oakwood to Middleton and everywhere in between, Indian restaurants in Leeds are by far some of the most popular places to enjoy a dinner with family, friends or well, anyone. As beloved as any British pub or restaurant, Leeds’ Indian restaurants each offer their own pizzazz to the city’s culinary landscape. Because many Indian restaurants around Leeds feature a variety of meat-free options, the cuisine is especially popular with the city’s vegetarians and vegans. Many of the best Indian restaurants in Leeds can be found close to the city centre, but you’ll also find plenty of choices throughout the entire city.
From the years 1858 to 1947, the countries now known as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were under the the direct rule of the British crown. Although several thousand Indians made their way to the UK during the Indian Raj, as this period is known, the vast majority of Indian immigrants made their move after independence in 1947, with 60,000 arriving before 1955 and some 30,000 more arriving between 1964 and 1972 when Idi Amin of Uganda expelled some 50,000 Gujarati Indians who had made their home there. Despite some cultural differences, British Indians were able to overcome huge obstacles in order to establish themselves in the UK, establishing restaurants, grocery stores and thriving communities in cities large and small, particularly London. Indians migrants also made their way to Leeds, where they established a thriving community and contributed to the city’s cultural landscape. Over the years, they’ve made their mark on the city in more ways than one, especially culinarily. By far the favourite food of most UK residents is a fresh curry, and luckily they can be found across the city in the many Indian restaurants in Leeds.
Leeds, like so many other cities and towns across the UK, is packed with top-notch South Asian restaurants. All the bases are covered here – Leeds’ Indian restaurants come in many different styles and appeal to diners of all budgets. Northern Indian, southern Indian, Goan, Kashmiri, Kerala and fusion are just the tip of the iceberg in this multicultural city. In case you want to mix it up, many Indian restaurants in Leeds serve other South Asian specialities from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Cuisines from the states such as Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan in Northern India are the most widely represented cuisines in Leeds Indian restaurants and feature dishes served with naan or roti, vegetarian curries and plenty of the spice powder garam masala. Southern Indian food is also prevalent in many of the Indian restaurants in Leeds, with dishes like dosa, thin lentil and rice crepes stuffed with an array of fillings, and idli becoming even more popular in recent years. The cuisine of Kerala is particularly unique and emphasises the use of coconuts, seafood and cassava and is definitely worth sampling – just a quick search on Quandoo can lead you to some of the best Keralan-style Indian restaurants in Leeds.
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