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    Glasgow 'invented' Tikka Masala

    Glasgow 'invented' Tikka Masala


    Chicken Tikka Masala is said to have been created in Glasgow

    An MP has called for Glasgow to be officially recognised as the home of Britain's favourite curry, the Chicken Tikka Masala.

    The dish is one of the most popular in the UK.

    Mohammad Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central, said he wanted the city to be given EU Protected Designation of Origin status for the curry.

    He has tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons calling for other politicians to back his campaign.

    It has previously been suggested that the mild curry was created decades ago in a Glaswegian kitchen by Asian immigrants catering to Western palates.

    Mr Sarwar claimed the dish owed its origins to the culinary skills of Ali Ahmed Aslam, proprietor of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Park Road in the west end of the city.

    He is said to have prepared a sauce using spices soaked in a tin of condensed tomato soup after a customer said his meal was too dry.

    Glaswegian twist

    The restaurant owner wants the dish to have the same legal protection as other famous Scottish foods like Arbroath smokies.

    Mr Sarwar said: "Glasgow's contribution to popular cuisine deserves to be more widely recognised.

    "Tikka Masala is perhaps one of the earliest examples of the modern fashion for '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."

    He added: "I am very hopeful that the EU will give Chicken Tikka Masala the official stamp of Glasgow origin."

    Mr Sarwar's campaign is being backed by Glasgow City Council.


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    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    You could try Mrs Babirs Mrs. Bablir's - Indian Food - Restaurant Bangkok Thailand- Cooking Glass and Catering

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    And Birmingham invented the Balti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    And Birmingham invented the Balti.
    Tell me about it ! TELL ME ABOUT IT!!! Used to go to a Paki(not being racist) place in Balsall Heath that was bloody wonderful .
    Bowl full of Balti and an unlimited supply of Roti for 2 pounds - strictly Muslim so no booze sold but the waiter would pop down to the 'offy' run by his equally Muslim father and get what you wanted !



    This was 10 - 15 years ago - I wonder if it is still there ?


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    Some of the finest curry houses on the planet in Birmingham mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    I always thought an English style curry house would do well in Bangkok, it'd have to do delivery and shut at a proper hour though. None of this closed at 10 pm rubbish, it needs to catch the after bar crowd so got to be open until 4-5am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Chicken Tikka Masala is said to have been created in Glasgow
    Good job Tud is not posting now - we would nave never heard the end of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjyflhol
    I always thought an English style curry house would do well in Bangkok
    A proper English style Curry house would do well in Pattaya also mate.

    I have been to the all of the English Boozers here trying to find a traditional English curry and it is always a letdown.........not even close.

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    I was told that Balti means dustbin

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy
    Some of the finest curry houses on the planet in Birmingham mate
    Yep, tomorrow night I'll be heading out in Brum to stuff myself silly with booze and curry

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    I had a great chicken curry today for lunch, my Indian next door neighbour cooked it!

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    Glasgow invented the forehead to nosebridge kiss. Possibly in an Indian restaurant.

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    scotland invented the world didnt they? just ask Tud...

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    paki not being racist hmm!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    Something I too would like to know. Ever since Malaysia Auntie closed up shop on Sukh 8 it's been pretty much Pahurat or forget it, and Pahurat is a bit of a pain to get to as far as I'm concerned. The joint that replaced Auntie's has OK food, and the owner is good guy, but it's wildly overpriced IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    No. They're all crap compared with a proper UK curry.

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    No way that curry pictured in the OP is a Chicken Tikka Masala; it's the wrong colour.
    Everyone knows that a proper Chicken Tikka Masala should be a flourescent, glow-in-the-dark red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    what about the place in 11/1 ?
    I got a take away from there a few years ago that was satisfying in my inebriated state at the time.

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    Didn't the Scottish also invent the fried Mar's bar?

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    Nah...that was Aberdeen

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    You can,t beat it 10 pints of Tennants Lager and a Curry to follow, no hangover in the morning as long as you take your Irn-Bru in the morning.
    The breakfast of champions along with the left over curry from thr night before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    what about the place in 11/1 ?
    Nope. Crap. (Why are Aussies allowed in this thread anyway?)

    Actually, isn't that Mrs Balbir's?

    The only semi-decent one I had was in the Kashmir Restaurant near the gas station on Suk at the corner of Soi 23. But, we did threaten the chef with castration if it wasn't done like a real English curry.

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    4 years living in brun and the main redeeming feature was the cheap and frequent curry house forays
    hard to find a bad un,
    manchester's rusholme stretch is equallyt as good though
    they are pretty much all shit in bangers
    balbirs is ok but stupidly expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Is there anywhere in Bangkok where you can have a proper curry? I have never been fully satisfied
    Something I too would like to know. Ever since Malaysia Auntie closed up shop on Sukh 8 it's been pretty much Pahurat or forget it, and Pahurat is a bit of a pain to get to as far as I'm concerned. The joint that replaced Auntie's has OK food, and the owner is good guy, but it's wildly overpriced IMO.
    Pahurat is good, but difficult to get to. A place there has an all you can eat veggie buffet for B65. Even the Scots wouldn't complain about prices like that.

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