Finns love this takeaway dish year after year

One portion is overwhelming when Finns order food from an Indian or Nepali restaurant.

The popularity of the butter chicken dish shows no signs of waning in Finland, according to food delivery service Foodora’s sales statistics. Indian food is the most ordered of the service, right after pizza and hamburgers. The most popular dish in Indian cuisine is butter chicken, in addition to which the chicken tikka, which has more kick, also sells to Finns.

Indian and Nepali dishes are especially tasty to women, says a study conducted by Foodora. Women also eat more vegetarian dishes than men. About half of the orders include vegetarian portions.

– Spicy food is trending around the world, and here in Finland it has its own consumer base. Although the most popular dishes are chicken, a huge number of vegetarian dishes are sold. In 2022, up to 58 percent of orders had at least one vegetable portion, and in 2023, vegetable portions were found in 46 percent of orders, says Einar ToivonenHead of Commercial Foodora in a press release.

Indian food is sold through Foodora the most in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere and Kouvola.

If you want to save money, you can also conjure up Indian delicacies in your home kitchen. For example, try these even more wonderful naan breads or the popular easier version of butter chicken.

Did you know?

In the beginning of November, Hindus celebrate Diwali, or the festival of lights. Diwali is the biggest festival of the Hindus, and an official calendar holiday not only in India and Nepal, but also in, for example, Fiji, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia and Singapore.

Diwali is based on the victory of good over evil and reminds us that good days are ahead. The light is believed to attract wealth and good energy. Before Diwali and during Diwali, everyone should follow a vegetarian diet from August, when they should not even eat eggs. Dairy products are allowed.

– Diwali is very similar to Christmas. We clean and decorate our home with lights and candles, give gifts, eat well and spend time with our loved ones. The party is based on the joy of giving, good mood and helping others. Food is a very important part of celebrations, says the chairman of the India-Finland Society Shefali Arora in the bulletin.