3000 B.C.: Tandoor clay ovens are invented.
1500s A.D.: Punjab is conquered by ruthless but decadent ruler, Babur. He orders his chefs to remove the bones from his meat before cooking it (not a popular notion at the time). Babur's chefs begin to cook the bite-sized pieces of meat in a tandoor. It is originally called joleh, meaning 'small pieces' and Persian for tikka.
1500s-1800s: Chicken Tikka dishes develop gain popularity among all classes.
Indian Rebellion becomes a War of Independence.
(No one mentions Chicken Tikka.)
1942: Gandhi begins the Quit India Movement.
1947: India gains independence from British rule and becomes a Democratic Republic. (...still no one is talking about Chicken Tikka.)
1950s: An influx of Indian immigrants to the UK lead to Indian restaurants popping up throughout Britain.
1955: Chicken Tikka appears for the first time in the English dictionary.
2001: Chicken Tikka Masala is called 'a true British national dish' by then Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.
2012: Asian Home Gourmet Indian Tikka Masala SpicePaste© is available in thousands of supermarkets across 6 continents.
If you'd like to try your hand at your own Tikka Masala dishes, try out some of AHG's very own recipes including:
If you'd like to try your hand at your own Tikka Masala dishes, try out some of AHG's very own recipes including: Roast Tikka Masala Chicken, Herb Beef Tortilla Wraps, Grilled Tandoori Fish Kebabs and Tandoori Tuna Vol-Au-Vent