Much has been said of the Tikka Masala. From debates about its origin, to be being named Britain’s National dish, it’s certainly had its ups and downs. Unfortunately, it’s never quite been able to reclaim its former glory. A recent poll by Just Eat proved that the Tikka Masala is no longer Britain’s favorite curry.
In fact, it was usurped by none other than the Korma, which took 29 percent of the vote, leaving Tikka Masala to languish as the first loser. Bronze went to Rogan Josh, Jalfrezi took fourth while Biryani (which FYI is NOT a curry) claimed the fifth spot.
The origin of Britain’s second favorite curry is also steeped in mystery. Much like a Christopher Nolan film, it’s open to interpretation. One of the most popular anecdotes comes from Pakistani chef, Ali Ahmed Aslam, who owns the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow and claims to have invented the dish in 1971.
His son, Asif Ali, told the BBC in 2013: “On a typical dark, wet Glasgow night, a bus driver coming off shift came in and ordered a chicken curry. He sent it back to the waiter saying it’s dry.
“At the time, Dad had an ulcer and was enjoying a plate of tomato soup. So he said why not put some tomato soup into the curry with some spices.
“They sent it back to the table and the bus driver absolutely loved it. He and his friends came back again and again and we put it on the menu.”
While there may be guesses as to why the Korma has taken Tikka Masala’s esteemed place (hint: it’s not that spicy) there’s no denying that Tikka Masala has been on the decline for a while now.