Ahmed Aslam Ali, the proprietor of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, is pictured with a plate of Rooster Tikka Masala. (Andy Buchanan
Andy Buchanan / AFP)
- A chef who claimed to have invented the curry dish rooster tikka masala has died on the age of 77.
- The dish went on to turn out to be the most well-liked dish in British eating places.
- The person initially from Pakistan, moved along with his household to Glasgow as a younger boy earlier than opening Shish Mahal in Glasgow’s west finish in 1964.
A chef from Glasgow, who claims to have invented the curry dish rooster tikka masala, has died on the age of 77, a member of the family instructed AFP on Wednesday.
Ahmed Aslam Ali, who invented the dish by improvising a sauce produced from a tin of tomato soup at his restaurant Shish Mahal within the Seventies, died on Monday morning, his nephew Andleeb Ahmed mentioned.
“He would eat lunch in his restaurant every single day,” Ahmed mentioned.
“The restaurant was his life. The cooks would make curry for him. I’m not positive if he typically ate rooster tikka masala.”
Ahmed mentioned his uncle was a perfectionist and extremely pushed.
“Final yr he was unwell and I went to see him in hospital on Christmas Day,” Ahmed mentioned.
“His head was slumped down. I stayed for 10 minutes. Earlier than I left, he lifted head and mentioned you ought to be at work.”
In an interview with AFP in 2009, Ali mentioned he got here up with the recipe for rooster tikka masala after a buyer complained that his rooster tikka was too dry.
Rooster tikka masala was invented on this restaurant, we used to make rooster tikka, and in the future a buyer mentioned, ‘I would take some sauce with that, it is a bit dry’. We thought we might higher cook dinner the rooster with some sauce. So from right here we cooked rooster tikka with the sauce that accommodates yogurt, cream, spices.
The dish went on to turn out to be the most well-liked dish in British eating places.
Though it’s troublesome to show definitively the place the dish originated, it’s usually thought to be a curry tailored to go well with Western tastes.
Ali mentioned the rooster tikka masala is ready in line with buyer style.
“Often they do not take sizzling curry, that is why we cook dinner it with yogurt and cream,” he mentioned.
Supporters of the marketing campaign to grant the dish protected standing level to the truth that former overseas minister Robin Prepare dinner as soon as described it as an important a part of British tradition.
“Rooster tikka masala is now a real British nationwide dish, not solely as a result of it’s the most well-liked, however as a result of it’s a good illustration of the way in which Britain absorbs and adapts exterior influences,” Prepare dinner mentioned in a 2001 speech on British identification.
Ali, initially from Punjab province in Pakistan, moved along with his household to Glasgow as a younger boy earlier than opening Shish Mahal in Glasgow’s west finish in 1964.
He mentioned he needed the dish to be a present to Glasgow, to present one thing again to his adopted metropolis.
In 2009, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the dish to be granted “Protected Designation of Origin” standing by the European Union, alongside the likes of Champagne, Parma Ham and Greek Feta cheese.
MP Mohammad Sarwar tabled a movement within the Home of Commons in 2009 calling for EU safety.
Ali leaves a spouse, three sons and two daughters.