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Spicy row erupts over chicken tikka masala

A spicy row has erupted between food historians in Scotland and India, after the British nation claimed chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow.
Indian culinary experts slammed "as preposterous" Scottish attempts to have the famous dish recognised as a "local" speciality , responding that its true origins were in India's Mughal period hundreds of years ago.
The row began after a Register in an attempt to make curries more palatable to locals.
"Chicken tikka masala was invented in this restaurant. We used to make chicken tikka and one day a customer said, 'I'd take some sauce with that, this is a bit dry,'" said Ahmed Aslam Ali, 64, founder of ShishMahal.
A Glasgow MP took the claims further, pressing for the European Union to recognise the dish as a local specialty by giving it "Protected Designation of Origin" status, similar to that given to champagne, Parma ham and Greek feta cheese.
But Zaeemuddin Ahmad, a chef at Delhi's Karim Hotel, which was established by the last chef of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, said the recipe had been passed down through the generations in his family.
"Chicken tikka masala is an authentic Mughlai recipe prepared by our forefathers who were royal chefs in the Mughal period," he told London's The Telegraph.
"Mughals were avid trekkers and used to spend months altogether in jungles and far off places. They liked roasted form of chickens with spices."
Himanshu Kumar, the founder of a Delhi food group, backed up the claim that the dish had been in India for years.
"Patenting the name chicken tikka masala is out of the question. It has been prepared in India for generations. You can't patent the name, it's preposterous," he said.
Rahul Verma, a Delhi street food expert, said: "It's basically a Punjabi dish not more than 40-50 years old and must be an accidental discovery which has had periodical improvisations."
smh.com.au and wires

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