Ahmed Aslam Ali, the owner of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, holds a plate of chicken tikka masala in his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, where he claims to have come up with the dish in the 1970s. Photo: AFP
Ahmed Aslam Ali, the owner of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, holds a plate of chicken tikka masala in his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, where he claims to have come up with the dish in the 1970s. Photo: AFP

‘The restaurant was his life’: chicken tikka masala inventor dies aged 77

  • Ahmed Aslam Ali, a Punjabi chef who grew up in Glasgow, is widely credited with inventing the popular curry dish in the 1970s
  • Ali came up with the recipe at his restaurant Shish Mahal after a customer complained that his chicken tikka was ‘too dry’

Ahmed Aslam Ali, the owner of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, holds a plate of chicken tikka masala in his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, where he claims to have come up with the dish in the 1970s. Photo: AFP
Ahmed Aslam Ali, the owner of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, holds a plate of chicken tikka masala in his Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, where he claims to have come up with the dish in the 1970s. Photo: AFP
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