You are going to read an article about chicken tikka masala.
Before you read, see how many of these things you know:
Now read the article. Find out exactly what chicken tikka
Marks & Spencer sell 18 tonnes a week of it. Indian restaurants
sell 23 million plates of it a year. A British food company
produces 10 tonnes of it every day. Hundreds of schools in
Bangladesh depend on money from sales of it. If all the plates
of it sold in one year in the UK were put on top of one another
they would build a tower 2770 times taller than the Greenwich
Incredible, isn't it?
an article in The Daily Telegraph in November 1999, journalist
Amit Roy called it "a dish which does not exist in Indian
cuisine". So just what, exactly, is "chicken tikka
masala"? And where does it come from? Is it Indian? Or
is it from somewhere else?
As Amit Roy says, the dish, in fact, does not come from India.
It was specifically created by some very clever restaurant
owners in order to meet British tastes.
tikka masala was possibly invented almost by accident. One
story says that it was created when a Bangladeshi chef produced
a dish of traditional Chicken Tikka only to be asked "where's
my gravy?" by a traditional British client. The chef
responded by adding a can of tomato soup and a few spices
- and the 'masala' element was born.
different chefs claim to have invented it, but none has any
evidence, so the mystery remains. Sultan Ahmed Ansari, who
owned the Taj Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, claims he invented
it as long ago as the 1950s. Amin Ali, owner of The Red Fort
and Soho Spice in London's Soho, remembers serving chicken
tikka masala when he first arrived in London in 1974. A waiter
at the time, he remembers wondering what the dish was.
But what exactly is chicken tikka masala? "Tikkas"
are the bite-sized pieces of chicken. These are marinated
and cooked in the tandoor oven. The "masala" part
is where things become difficult. "Masala" means
"spices" but no exact recipe for these seems to
exist. It can be yellow, red, brownish, or even green and
can be very creamy, a little creamy, chilli hot or quite mild.
In restaurants it tends to be a creamy sauce - not too hot,
a bit tomatoey, very smooth and, all too often, quite sweet
and very red.
generally include yoghurt, tomatoes, cream and spices as well
as the chicken pieces. If you find a version that you like,
then stick to it!
Chicken tikka masala was most certainly invented in Britain,
probably by a Bangladeshi chef, and is so popular it is even
being served in some hotel restaurants in India and Bangladesh.
It does not come from the Raj or the kitchens of the Moghul
Emperors, but millions of people enjoy it every year. Perhaps
that is all the history it needs.
After reading: comprehension
Choose what you think would be the best heading for each section.
a. Important statistics/Is it or isn't it?/Marks & Spencer
b. A mysterious origin/ An interesting mix / An ancient speciality
c. A recipe/But what exactly is it?/Masala
d. Bangladesh/Conclusion/ Just enjoy it!
if the following statements are true or false.
a. Large amounts of chicken tikka masala are produced and
sold in the UK
b. A journalist wrote that chicken tikka masala is not from
c. Chicken tikka masala was invented by accident.
d. Chicken tikka masala was invented to meet British tastes.
e. Several different chefs claim to have invented it.
f. There is a recipe for the dish.
each of the four paragraphs in the article in one sentence.
Vocabulary: food. Look at these words to describe
the way things taste.
a. Which of the words are nouns that have become adjectives?
b. How can we make a noun into an adjective?
c. Write down a different type of food that each word can
a list of other words to describe the way things taste.
of a food that you really like. How would you describe the
Bite sized chicken in a tomato curried sauce. 3ii. a, b, d,e
3.i a-Is it or isn't it?, b- A mysterious origin 4.a-cream
& tomato, b-add -y
c- But what exactly is it?, d-Just enjoy it
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