I love the way non-Indians write about India and Indian things. The way Marcus Bell describes the curry is fascinating. You have to figure out how the phrase came about.. kare raisu sounds so much like Kannada more than Telugu, some one said its' Tamil. You have a surprise in this, the British think it came from France. Wah bhai wah, Bharat ne duniya ko kya kya diya hai! Mera Desh Mahan hai!
From India To North Korea, Via Japan: Curry's Global Journey
Katsu curry: The British navy brought its anglicized interpretations of Indian cuisines to Imperial Japan in the 19th century. By the end of the century, the Japanese navy had adapted the British version of curry.
I hadn't been in Japan more than a few weeks before I was hooked on Japanese karē raisu, or curry rice. It was the rich, unmistakable smell that seeped under doorways and filled the undercover shopping markets of Osaka that first caught my attention.
I followed the scent down an alley and into a tiny eatery not large enough for more than a half-dozen customers. Behind the wooden counter perched two large vats — the source of the seductive aromas. In one, the potbellied chef told me, is spicy curry. In the other is sweet curry. Perhaps noticing my indecisiveness, he picked up two small, wooden bowls and dished out a ladle of spicy into one bowl and a ladle of sweet into the other. "Try," he commanded.