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16th February 2017

The Origins of Chicken Tikka Masala

There are many curries to choose from here at Spice Lounge Kitchen, we pride ourselves on the variety of delicious dishes that we have on offer daily. However, there are a few dishes that we know our customers love more than anything else. One such dish is the classic chicken tikka masala.

So, how did this dish become so popular in Britain and where exactly did it come from?


One of the most interesting facts about the tikka masala – especially considering our location in the heart of Scotland – is that it apparently originates from Glasgow! The origin of the dish is disputed hotly, every person you ask having a different explanation for the origin of this beloved dish.
Many have claimed ownership for inventing this beloved dish, but no food historian has managed to pin down the exact origin story. Whatever the case, it is indisputable that it originated from the British Bangladeshi community sometime in the past century. A dish created in Britain and beloved by people countrywide.

The Dish

Chicken tikka masala itself is a mouth-watering mix of chicken and spices, combined with spices and yoghurt to create that unforgettable orange colour we all know and love. It is baked in a tandoor oven to infuse this spices into the meat. The masala (sauce) is typically a mix of tomato and coriander, but throughout Britain variations of the recipe exist. The ingredient that is common in all the various tikka masala recipes, however, is chicken. Although, even this varies as chef’s use lamb, fish or even paneer to add a twist to the dish.

A British Classic

The popularity of the dish in Britain has meant that many people consider it to be a national dish. A celebration of the cosmopolitan cuisine that modern Britain is becoming known for, so much so that this dish is also enjoyed worldwide in places such as North America.

It has even become one of the best-loved dishes for Brits to cook in their own home – alongside other foreign cuisine classics such as the Chinese stir fry. It is safe to say that this is a dish that people enjoy at home, in a restaurant and anywhere else in between.

Whether you are in the mood for a British classic like the tikka masala or want to try something new, there is something for every diner here at Spice Lounge. We have a vast selection of dishes that you can choose from our menus, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to book your reservation today!