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Scottish chef who invented Chicken Tikka Masala, Ali Ahmed Aslam, dies at 77

A chef & an inventor of chicken tikka masala, Ali Ahmed Aslam, a Scottish chef, who moved to Glasgow from Pakistan in 50s died on 19 December, he was 77 years old. Mr. Ali created his signature dish 'chicken tikka masala' after his customer asked him to tweak his chicken tikkas. His chicken tikka masala has been regarded as Britain’s favorite curry.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: One of the most liked recipe from India to Scotland is Chicken Tikka Masala. Scottish chef Ali Ahmed, who invented it, died on Monday. After his death, the famous restaurant of Scotland was closed for 48 hours. Ali invented the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe on the request of a customer, which became so famous due to its taste that it became a favorite of people in most countries of the world.

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Actually, Ali Ahmed Aslam was known as “Mr. Ali” in Scotland. He was asked by a customer in 1970 if he had a way to make chicken tikka less dry. Then Ali invented the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. Ali later explained that he created one of Britain’s favorite dishes for his customers, who “didn’t usually have hot curries.”

The news of his demise was announced by his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow. Taking it to Twitter the restaurant wrote, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (Verily we belong to Allah, and truly to Him shall we return) Rest In Peace Mr Ali #shishmahal #ripmrali #mrali”

Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in 1970
Ali died on Monday at the age of 77. After his death was announced, his Sheesh Mahal restaurant was closed for 48 hours as a mark of respect. The Scottish Curry King, who claims to have cooked the world’s first chicken tikka masala, invented this dish in the 1970s. He invented this after a customer complained about the drying of the meat.

Ali followed in the footsteps of his father Noor Mohammed and established the Green Gates Indian restaurant in Glasgow in 1959. Ali pictured in 1979 in front of his Sheesh Mahal restaurant, which he opened in 1964.

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