British Food: Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka MasalaSo, what do we Brits eat? Of course, the full English breakfast, also known as the fry up, is very popular at the weekend, as is the Sunday roast, bangers and mash and fish and chips.  For desert, we are keen on any type of pudding with custard. However, it is now believed that the UK’s favourite dish is the chicken tikka masala (CTM).

Many people think this dish was invented in India or Bangladesh but according to a well-respected historian it was actually invented in Britain. So, even if you mistrust this fact, the following information will tell you just how popular this dish is in the UK:

  1. The department store, Marks and Spencer, sells 18 million tonnes of CTM every week.
  2. Over 23 million portions of CTM are sold every year in the UK’s Indian restaurants.
  3. Sales of CTM finance most schools and charities in the Bangladeshi city of Sylhet.
  4. CTM accounts for around 15% of the half a million curries consumed daily in the UK.

Fancy making a CTM? No problem, here’s a popular recipe

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