Ali Ahmed Aslam, ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ Inventor Dies At 77

Ali Ahmed Aslam, ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ Inventor Dies At 77
Ali Ahmed Aslam, ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ Inventor Dies At 77

Ali Ahmed Aslam, 'Chicken Tikka Masala' Inventor Dies At 77

Mr Aslam together with his signature dish in 2009 (Picture credit score: AFP)

A chef from Glasgow, Ali Ahmed Aslam who’s credited with inventing the ‘hen tikka masala’ has died on the age of 77. 

Ali Ahmed Aslam’s loss of life was introduced by his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, which closed for 48 hours as a mark of respect, reported The Guardian.  The eatery introduced: “Hey, Shish Snobs … Mr Ali handed away this morning … We are all completely devastated and heartbroken.”

He invented the dish by improvising a sauce constructed from a tin of tomato soup at his restaurant Shish Mahal within the Nineteen Seventies, died on Monday morning, his nephew Andleeb Ahmed informed AFP.

“He would eat lunch in his restaurant each day,” Ahmed mentioned.

“The restaurant was his life. The cooks would make curry for him. I’m not certain if he typically ate hen tikka masala.”

Ahmed mentioned his uncle was a perfectionist and extremely pushed. 

“Last yr he was unwell and I went to see him in hospital on Christmas Day,” Ahmed mentioned.

“His head was slumped down. I stayed for 10 minutes. Before I left, he lifted his head and mentioned you have to be at work.” 

In an interview with AFP in 2009, Ali mentioned he got here up with the recipe for hen tikka masala after a buyer complained that his hen tikka was too dry.

“Chicken tikka masala was invented on this restaurant, we used to make hen tikka, and in the future a buyer mentioned, ‘I’d take some sauce with that, it is a bit dry’,” Ali mentioned.

“We thought we might higher prepare dinner the hen with some sauce. So from right here, we cooked hen tikka with a sauce that comprises yogurt, cream, and spices.”

The dish went on to develop into the preferred dish in British eating places.

Although it’s tough to show definitively the place the dish originated, it’s typically thought to be a curry tailored to go well with Western tastes.

Ali mentioned the hen tikka masala is ready in accordance with buyer style.

“Usually they do not take scorching curry, that is why we prepare dinner it with yoghurt and cream,” he mentioned.

Supporters of the marketing campaign to grant the dish protected standing level to the truth that former overseas minister Robin Cook as soon as described it as a vital a part of British tradition.

“Chicken tikka masala is now a real British nationwide dish, not solely as a result of it’s the preferred, however as a result of it’s a good illustration of the best way Britain absorbs and adapts exterior influences,” Cook mentioned in a 2001 speech on British id.

Ali, initially from Punjab province in Pakistan, moved together with his household to Glasgow as a younger boy earlier than opening Shish Mahal in Glasgow’s west finish in 1964.

He mentioned he wished the dish to be a present to Glasgow, to provide one thing again to his adopted metropolis.

In 2009, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the dish to be granted “Protected Designation of Origin” standing by the European Union, alongside the likes of Champagne, Parma Ham and Greek Feta cheese.

MP Mohammad Sarwar tabled a movement within the House of Commons in 2009 calling for EU safety.

Ali leaves a spouse, three sons and two daughters.

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