Currywurst is a German dish. It is a hot pork sausage (German: wurst), sliced and covered in a curry sauce (usually ketchup or tomato paste blended with curry) and generous amounts of curry powder.
Currywurst is often sold as a take-out/take-away food, Schnell-Imbisse, at diners or "greasy spoons," on children's menus in restaurants, or as a street food.
Plaque at the site of Herta Heuwer's stall
Berlin legend says that Herta Heuwer, from Königsberg, invented the currywurst sauce by experimenting at her stall in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1949.
People from the Ruhr-area say that the sauce was accidentally invented by a sausage stall owner in Essen, who dropped a can with curry powder into some ketchup.
Early in his career German pop singer Herbert Grönemeyer, raised in Bochum, wrote a song, in the Ruhr dialect, to currywurst.
Although Berlin claims currywurst as its invention and "national dish", all over Germany, there are more than 20 different types of currywurst.
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Plaque in Charlottenburg, Berlin, where Herta Heuwer is said to have invented the currywurst
Konnopke's Imbiss (Fast Food Stand) in Berlin. It was the first Imbiss to sell currywurst in East-Berlin in 1960.
Currywurst - served sliced
A "Taxi Teller" is a plate of fries served with currywurst, shashlik sauce, mayonnaise, gyros meat, and tzatsiki
German currywurst as heated dinner