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December 25, 2014

Who owns Chicken Tikka Masala?

In 2001, British Foreign Secretary hailed chicken tikka masala as a unique British innovation and the country’s true national dish.
That’s absolutely believable given that, by 2009 Brits were consuming 25 million portions (2.5 billion pounds) of chicken tikka masala per year and 65,000 people were employed cooking and serving it. And that was just one-seventh of all the curries served in the nation. Syed Belal Ahmed’s Taste of Britain Curry Festival, hosted in Kolkata, India, in 2010, showcased over 50 distinctly British Indian dishes. Now there’s a yearly National Curry Week in Britain, a musical number written about chicken tikka masala by a nightclub owner from Newport, Gwent in Wales, and even a tinned version sold by Heinz, everyone’s number one source for goopy baked beans that make up a good part of a Full English Breakfast.
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Serve with tea no doubt.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 25, 2014 12:58 PM

Well, the whole point of the British Empire was to find decent cuisine.

Posted by: butch [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 25, 2014 5:55 PM

My uncle Louie Lozko, we all called him "Letsgo Lozko," he raised bantam chickens. The only time he was in Britain was on his way to Anzio Beach.

(The part of Europe whose ass we saved;
the other part is whose ass we kicked.)

He talked of post-war Europe: "Ven dey had no meat dey ate fish; ven dey had no fish dey ate chicken; ven dey had no chicken dey ate beans."

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 26, 2014 5:46 AM

And in Hell...

...the cooks are British.

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 26, 2014 8:01 AM

1967: student London, living in "student hotel" where shared bathroom and had breakfast each day. Never got used to serving plates of greasy fried eggs piled on one on top of another and over cooked, "bacon" only cooked on one side, black rubber like blood sausage, and burned toast.
Ate supper mainly in Paki and Chinese dirt cheap eateries--life savers they were.
Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 26, 2014 9:12 AM

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