Inventor of the UK’s ‘true national dish’ dies at 77

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(CNN) — Chicken tikka masala is one of Britain’s best-loved dishes, featuring spicy chicken wrapped in a rich tomato and yogurt-based sauce.

Now the man widely believed to have invented it has died at the age of 77, his restaurant has announced.

Ali Ahmed Aslam is said to have invented the dish in his restaurant Shish Mahal, which opened in Glasgow, Scotland in 1964, and was widely hailed as one of the world’s top curry doen.

Aslam once told AFP news agency that his epiphany moment came in the 1970s. That’s when a customer complained that the chicken he tikka was too dry and needed sauce. Aslam served the meat with a yogurt-based tomato sauce.

In 2001, chicken tikka masala overtook fish and chips on the list of favorite British dishes.

In a speech on the concept of Britishness at the time, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook described curry as “a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of how It is.” Britain absorbs and adapts to outside influences. ”

“Chicken tikka is an Indian dish. The masala sauce was added to satisfy the British desire to have the meat served with gravy,” he added.

“Reconciling multiculturalism as a positive force for our economy and society has important implications for understanding Britishness.”

A bid to obtain EU protected status for the curry, backed by local MPs and its Glaswegian origins recognized, failed in 2009, claiming another restaurant invented the dish.

Born in Pakistan, Aslam arrived in Glasgow as a child when his family moved.

The restaurant, which closed 48 hours after his death, shared the news in a Facebook post on Dec. 19.

His funeral was held the next day at the Glasgow Central Mosque. The restaurant had posted that any restaurant fan could join.

Christopher Cameron has been voted Scottish Curry Enthusiast of the Year and, as the Glasgow half of Trumpy and Trump curries, is a blogger and leader of curry dining clubs across the city, according to CNN. told to start. “

Cameron has been a regular since he was two years old, and his father started dining at the restaurant in the 1960s.

“It really feels like a family business. Sometimes I don’t go there for over a year. When I join, people still call me Mr. Cameron and ask me about my family and brothers,” he said, adding that the restaurant is now in Glasgow. When we moved, “everyone went along. The food and service were always excellent.”

Above: Ali Ahmed Aslam is said to have invented the chicken tikka masala in his Glasgow restaurant in the 1970s. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

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