Chicken Tikka Masala was touted as the UK’s favourite dish a couple of years back – topping the traditional Sunday roast and proving what we already know; everyone has the hots for a good curry.

The preferred curry house in which we salivate over our best-loved Asian dish is a subject of great discussion but the first ever Irish Curry Awards in association with Cobra Beer is aiming to recognise the country’s favourite curry emporium – North and South – and it needs your vote to do so.

If you would like to nominate your treasured curry house, chef and even front of house staff for the first ever Irish Curry Awards, which will take place in Belfast this October 24, visit irishcurryawards.com. Entries close on August 31.

Just ahead of the closing date for entry to this grand gastronomic awards’ event we list our top ten curries. Did your dish cut it?

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

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Legend has it that this dish actually originates in the UK – some argue Birmingham and others say Glasgow. Wherever the origin, there’s one thing we can agree on; this tomato based mildly spiced dish hits the top spot.

2. Chicken Korma

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Appealing to the milder palate, who can resist this creamy coconut-based variation?

3. Chicken Madras

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One of the spicier varieties, chicken doused in Madras is a firm favourite among curry lovers.

4. Lamb Rogan Josh

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A medium spiced tomato-based curry that works perfectly with the melt-in-the-mouth texture of slow cooked lamb is a dinner winner.

5. Chicken Jalfrezi

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A gentle heat with a sweeter accent, the Jalfrezi is a tomato based dish packed with peppers and other hearty veg.

6. Chicken Balti

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A sizzling dish that is often cooked quicker than its slow-cooked contemporaries, the Balti is presented with aromatic and audio drama thanks to the metal dish in which it is served.

7. Chicken Rogan Josh

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As above but with chicken.

8. Chicken Dhansak

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A traditional Parsi dish with lentils, this dish packs a medium punch in terms of heat.

9. Prawn Korma

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Seafood and creamy curry – what’s not to love?

10. Vegetable Balti

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Expect chunky green, red and yellow peppers as well as onions depending on where you chose to order from.

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