CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
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.