• Dr. Mohan Dewan assisted by Adv. Shubham Borkar

When it comes to food, the name of a dish holds meaning beyond just identification. The name of a dish can give insight into the history behind it, the ingredients used, or even the cultural significance it holds. In this series of blogs, we will explore the history behind famous Indian dishes.

Indian or Scottish?

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Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular Indian-inspired dish that has become a staple of many restaurant menus around the world. While it is often associated with Indian cuisine, the origins of Chicken Tikka Masala are actually quite surprising – it is believed to have originated in Scotland!

According to one popular theory, the dish was invented in the 1970s in Glasgow, Scotland, by a chef who was looking to create a new dish that would appeal to British diners. The chef, who was of Indian origin, was experimenting with a traditional Indian dish called Chicken Tikka, which is made by marinating chicken in spices and grilling it over charcoal.

The story goes that one day, a customer complained that the Chicken Tikka was too dry, and the chef decided to create a sauce made from tomatoes, cream, and spices to moisten the chicken. The dish was an instant hit, and soon became a staple of British Indian cuisine.

Another theory suggests that Chicken Tikka Masala was actually invented in India, but only gained popularity after it was introduced in Scotland. According to this theory, Indian chefs in Scotland began experimenting with the traditional Chicken Tikka dish, adding a creamy tomato-based sauce to appeal to British diners, and the dish became a hit.

Regardless of its origins, there is no denying the popularity of Chicken Tikka Masala in Scotland and around the world. It is now a beloved dish that is served in Indian restaurants and takeaways across the UK and beyond.

To this day, Scotland remains a hub for Indian cuisine, and Glasgow is considered by many to be the curry capital of the UK. The city is home to a range of Indian restaurants, many of which serve their own unique take on Chicken Tikka Masala.

In recent years, there has been some controversy over the origins of chicken tikka masala, with some claiming that it is not an authentic Indian dish. However, many argue that the dish is a testament to the way that food can evolve and adapt as it travels across cultures and borders.

Whether it was invented in Scotland or India, there is no denying that Chicken Tikka Masala has become an iconic dish that is loved by many. It is a perfect example of how food can bring people together and create new culinary traditions that are celebrated around the world.


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