A friend recently passed me some interesting facts that he had heard while waiting for a train at Victoria Station.
We all know that the UK has fallen head over heels in love with Chicken Tikka Masala and that it is now widely recognised as the UK’s favourite dish. There are lots of tandoori and tikka recipes on the Curry Focus website.
You might be amazed to see just how much of this delicious curry is eaten in the UK nowadays – at home and in the over 9,000 curry houses.
For instance, 18 tonnes of Chicken Tikka Masala are sold by Marks & Spencer every week, Sainsbury’s sells over one million portions of Chicken Tikka Masala every year and one in seven curries sold in Indian curry houses is Chicken Tikka Masala.
And Chicken Tikka Masala is not even an Indian dish! Chicken Tikka (skewered pieces of chicken cooked in a tandoor oven) is an Indian dish but a sauce (masala) was made for it in the UK because some people found Chicken Tikka too dry. And now, believe it or not, the UK now exports tons of Chicken Tikka Masala to India every year.
So next time you have Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner, you know that you are enjoying a tasty meal that is also loved by millions of people.