CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

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The ori­gins of this dish are much-con­tested, with most ex­perts cred­it­ing Bri­tain with its in­ven­tion. In fact, the dish com­pris­ing mar­i­nated chicken and a creamy to­mato curry gravy is now listed among Bri­tain’s na­tional dishes. In 2001, the then Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Robin Cook fa­mously said, “chicken tikka masala is now a true Bri­tish na­tional dish, not only be­cause it is the most pop­u­lar, but be­cause it is a per­fect il­lus­tra­tion of the way Bri­tain ab­sorbs and adapts ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences. Chicken tikka is an In­dian dish. The masala sauce was added to sat­isfy the de­sire of the Bri­tish peo­ple to have their meat served in gravy.”

Be that as it may, you can sam­ple a mean chicken tikka masala at Lon­don’s In­dian neigh­bour­hoods like South­hall or Houn­slow, for fuss-free lo­cal op­tions. Vaux­hall’s fa­mous Hot Stuff has been serv­ing up some fiery chicken tikka masala since 1988, while the up­scale Wig­more, a mod­ern Bri­tish tav­ern on Re­gent Street, of­fers a chicken tikka masala pie on its lunch menu.

Don’t for­get to make a quick stop at Brick Lane where Aladin’s has made his­tory in the neigh­bour­hood for wel­com­ing Lon­don’s who’s who for its pi­quant chicken tikka masala, served with fresh In­dian bread va­ri­eties.

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