Chicken Tikka Masala in House of Commons
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 18:35
London: The delectable Asian curry 'chicken tikka masala', a favourite in UK, entered the House of Commons after a lawmaker made a strong bid to get Glasgow officially recognised as the home of the dish.

Mohammad Sarwar, of Pakistani origin and Labour MP for Glasgow Central, tabled an early day motion in the House seeking EU protected 'Designation of Origin status' for the curry.

Sarwar claimed that the dish was invented in the Scottish town of Glasgow by Ali Ahmed Aslam, proprietor of the Shish Mahal restaurant in the seventies, in the town's west end.

The place is also three times winner of the 'curry capital of Britain' award.

It is also believed that mild curry was created decades ago in a Glaswegian kitchen by Asian immigrants catering to Western palates.

Sarwar told the BBC "Glasgow's contribution to popular cuisine deserves to be more widely recognised. Tikka Masala is perhaps one of the earliest examples of 'fusion' cuisine."

"Glaswegians loved the flavour of Asian spices but still wanted a bit of gravy on their meat. The Shish Mahal pioneered great Asian food with a Glasgow twist."

Sarwar said he is hopeful that the "EU will give Chicken Tikka Masala the official stamp of Glasgow origin."

Glasgow City Council is backing his campaign.

Meanwhile, Birmingham City Council is seeking a similar status for ‘Balti’ range of dishes on the ground that they were invented by immigrants from the Indian sub-continent in the city.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 18:35

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