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Indian Chicken Tikka Masala: A Timeline

Indian Chicken Tikka Masala: A Timeline


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.

1857:                The 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.

Though hotly contested, the Chicken Tikka Masala dish we know today is said to come from a restaurant in Glasgow, where people started asking for sauce on their dry Chicken Tikka.

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:


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