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Chicken tikka masala inventor dies at 77

Update : 22 Dec 2022, 13:59

The Glasgow restaurant owner and chef, who credited with inventing chicken tikka masala has died at the age of 77 on December 19. 

Ali Ahmed Aslam born in Pakistan in 1945 and he moved to Glasgow in the late 1950s. Later, he opened the Shish Mahal restaurant in the Scottland's Glasgow.

The entrepreneur invented the chicken tikka dish by improvising a sauce made from a tin of tomato soup at his restaurant Shish Mahal in the 1970s.

In an interview with AFP in 2009, Ali Ahmed Aslam said he came up with the recipe for chicken tikka masala after a customer complained that his chicken tikka was too dry.

"Chicken tikka masala was invented in this restaurant, we used to make chicken tikka, and one day a customer said, 'I'd take some sauce with that, this is a bit dry'," Ali said.

"We thought we'd better cook the chicken with some sauce. So from here, we cooked chicken tikka with the sauce that contains yoghurt, cream, spices."

The dish went on to become the most popular dish in British restaurants.

Although it is difficult to prove definitively where the dish originated, it is generally regarded as a curry adapted to suit Western tastes.

The news of Ali's death was shared to the public via Shish Mahal's own social media accounts.

On Twitter, Shish Mahal wrote: "Mr Ali #shishmahal just passed away this morning we are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken."

Tributes have flooded in since the announcement, with many citing Shish Mahal as the place they first ever tasted a proper Indian curry.

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