Ahmed Aslam Ali, who invented the dish by improvising a sauce created from a tin of tomato soup at his restaurant Shish Mahal within the Seventies, died on Monday morning, his nephew Andleeb Ahmed mentioned.
“He would eat lunch in his restaurant every single day,” Ahmed mentioned.
“The restaurant was his life. The cooks would make curry for him. I’m not positive if he typically ate hen tikka masala.”
Ahmed mentioned his uncle was a perfectionist and extremely pushed.
“Final 12 months he was unwell and I went to see him in hospital on Christmas Day,” Ahmed mentioned.
“His head was slumped down. I stayed for 10 minutes. Earlier than I left, he lifted his head and mentioned you ought to be at work.”
In an interview with AFP in 2009, Ali mentioned he got here up with the recipe for hen tikka masala after a buyer complained that his hen tikka was too dry.
“Hen tikka masala was invented on this restaurant, we used to make hen tikka, and sooner or later a buyer mentioned, ‘I might take some sauce with that, this can be a bit dry’,” Ali mentioned.
“We thought we might higher cook dinner the hen with some sauce. So from right here we cooked hen tikka with the sauce that incorporates yogurt, cream, spices.”
The dish went on to turn into the most well-liked dish in British eating places.
Though it’s tough to show definitively the place the dish originated, it’s usually considered a curry tailored to swimsuit Western tastes.
Ali mentioned the hen tikka masala is ready in keeping with buyer style.
“Often they do not take sizzling curry, that is why we cook dinner it with yogurt and cream,” he mentioned.
Supporters of the marketing campaign to grant the dish protected standing level to the truth that former international minister Robin Prepare dinner as soon as described it as a vital a part of British tradition.
“Hen tikka masala is now a real British nationwide dish, not solely as a result of it’s the most well-liked, however as a result of it’s a good illustration of the best way Britain absorbs and adapts exterior influences,” Prepare dinner mentioned in a 2001 speech on British identification.
Ali, initially from Punjab province in Pakistan, moved together with his household to Glasgow as a younger boy earlier than opening Shish Mahal in Glasgow’s west finish in 1964.
He mentioned he wished the dish to be a present to Glasgow, to offer one thing again to his adopted metropolis.
In 2009, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the dish to be granted “Protected Designation of Origin” standing by the European Union, alongside the likes of Champagne, Parma Ham and Greek Feta cheese.
MP Mohammad Sarwar tabled a movement within the Home of Commons in 2009 calling for EU safety.
Ali leaves a spouse, three sons and two daughters.