Who invented chicken tika masala?
Amit Roy was quite correct to observe that the dish does not hail from India and that it was specifically created to appeal to the British palate by some very astute restaurateurs. This much is not in doubt but when one moves on to the history of the dish, fact becomes fiction and depends on just who one talks to.
No ‘Indian’ chef seems to have produced any real evidence that he or she first invented the dish and it is commonly thought that its invention came about almost by accident. Journalist and restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab claims it was created when a Bangladeshi chef produced a dish of traditional Chicken Tikka only to be asked “where’s my gravy?”. The response was, supposedly, a can of cream of tomato soup and a few spices and the ‘masala’ element was born. Top food writer Charles Campion refers to CTM as “a dish invented in London in the Seventies so that the ignorant could have gravy with their chicken tikka”. Several chefs have made claim to the invention of CTM but none with any evidence or witness support so the mystery will have to remain. The descendents of Sultan Ahmed Ansari, who owned the Taj Mahal in Glasgow claim he invented it in the 1950s but there is no other evidence of the dish at this early date or of the tandoor in Glasgow.
Or here's Wikipedia's version:
My grandfather invented it!!!
My mother has the original recipe so suck on that Glasgow bullshxtters!!!
It really angers me they try to take credit for his work.
My grandfather is Bengali, and in the 1970s invented Chicken Tikka Masla while working at a restraunt. I bet these liars in Glasgow don't have the real reciepe!!!
bloody liars :@
My grandfather died a few years ago so he can't admit it now but I remember how proud he was! I have no idea why he didn't put his name to the dish though.
I know 100% who made it but I do no have any proof to back it up.
I can infact tell you that his name was Moslehuddin and he invented the dish in the early 1970's in Birmingham. The original recipe was passed down to his only daughter.
my grandad invented it
he lived in Birmingham in the 1970's
he was bengali
and his name was Moslehuddin
my mother has the orignal reciepe
so Glasgow can stop bullshxting