Tributes paid to curry king who created UKs favourite dish as he passes away
Tributes have poured in for the man who supposedly invented the iconic chicken tikka masala dish after he sadly died earlier this week.
Mr Ali Ahmed Aslam, known to fans simply as Mr Ali, passed away on Monday (December 19) at the age of 79, it has been confirmed.
Mr Ali founded Glasgow's legendary Shish Mahal restaurant in Gibson Street back in 1964, where some claim the much-loved dish was first invented in the 1970s, forever changing the course of British curry culture.
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Shish Mahal shared the sad news of Mr Ali's passing on its social media accounts, GlasgowLive reported.
The popular restaurant tweeted: "Mr Ali #shishmahal just passed away this morning we are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken."
Soon after the announcement, friends and curry enthusiasts alike chimed in with their own tributes – with many claiming that Shish Mahal was the place where they tried a proper curry for the very first time.
One faithful customer wrote: "I am sure Mr Ali was serving that Friday lunchtime in the summer of 1981 when I had my first proper curry with vegetable pakora, chicken dopiaza & chapatis.
"It was the start of my love affair with curries. My deepest sympathies to all his family and friends."
Another added: "Very sad news, a Glasgow legend of Indian cuisine."
Meanwhile on Facebook, a third curry fan said: "Best Indian restaurant in Glasgow. First curry I ever had was there," while another wrote: "So very sad, my condolences to Mr Ali’s family. I have many treasured memories of time spent at the Shish in the 70s. My first curry experience."
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It is thought the chicken tikka masala was dreamed up when a customer complained that their more traditional chicken tikka was too dry.
In response to the critique, Mr Ali's chefs reportedly whipped up a new sauce using a winning combination of spices mixed and a can of Heinz tomato soup – and the rest, it is claimed, is history.
Curry fanatics of Glasgow were clearly quick to spread the word as Shish Mahal's creation quickly swept the nation – and has since unofficially been declared the UK's favourite dish.
The restaurant even tried to get the dish recognised as their own, as several other UK eateries have also laid claim to the popular takeaway classic.
In 2009 Shish Mahal tried to get the dish Protected Designation of Origin status, meaning restaurants across the world would have had to change their menus to call it a Glasgow Tikka Masala.
But with other UK establishments also claiming they had invented the tikka masala, the bid was unsuccessful.
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