With its fiery taste and variety, the curry has long been the nation's alternative national dish.

But scientists have discovered the humble curry may be doing more good than just inflaming tastebuds.

According to reasearchers from Singapore, curries may boost brian power and stave off Alzheimer's.

Scientists looked at curry consumption in 1010 Asians aged between 60 and 93 and unaffected by Alzheimer's and their thinking ability was compared.

Participants who ate curry once or more in six months, or more than once a month, had better results than those who "never or rarely" ate it.

Dr Tze-Pin Ng, from the National University of Singapore said: "One only needs to consume curry once in a while for the benefits."