The chicken tikka masala: roots that run deep
Why such love? From where does this almighty bond stem? Well, likely a few reasons, Great Britain’s ties with India being probably the first. Curry and Great Britain is a relationship that’s grown and grown over many, many years, but Glasgow specifically has definitely done its bit, for here was the birthplace of the chicken tikka masala. Ah, chicken tikka masala, a dish that is now one of the most eaten in the entire United Kingdom and without doubt towards the top of the menu at every Indian restaurant in Glasgow. Though, we must admit, this story is disputed by some naysayers, it goes that in 1971 a Pakistani chef, Ali Ahmed Aslam, who owned an Indian restaurant in west Glasgow, improvised the tikka masala sauce from yoghurt, cream, spices and tomato soup after a customer complained that the curry he’d originally ordered was too dry. It then ended up on the menu of Aslam’s restaurant and from that point on, boomed in popularity. Coming up to 50 years down the line, it’s as well-loved now as it was then.