Chicken Tikka Masala is apparently the UK’s favourite curry. That’s as maybe, but it’s not one of mine. I prefer the Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala as served by the excellent Cinnamon Lounge in Ripponden. Notice the difference? You will when you eat it!
Apparently the Chiken Tikka Massala was invented in Glasgow by an industrious chef who, when asked for some sauce by a customer who’d ordered Chicken Tikka without knowing what it was, mixed some spices together with a can of Heinz Tomato Soup.
So what is Chicken Tikka Masala (or “CTM” as it is sometimes known)?
It is basically chucks of Chicken Tikka marinated in yoghurt in a spicey tomato masala sauce. Masala pretty much means a “mixture of spices”, so there are many many different versions of this classic curry, some of which are great, but in my experience they are usually at best average.
The other issue is that we curry snobs in the know say its not a proper curry etc etc. And we are of course correct, it isn’t a proper curry.
It is the devil’s own spume of spew and bile and was solely invented to pacify drunk jocks 🙂
(Just a little tip, I wouldn’t search for the that term on Google images unless you are a man who prefers the company of a man…)
But I’m glad to say that even the most anal curry snob such as myself would agree that’s not case with the Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala at Ripponden’s Cinnamon Lounge.
I first tried the Cinnamon Lounge’s Chicken Tikka Chilla Masala over Christmas when we went there with some friends. I saw it on the menu and was tempted by the chillis, but was put off by the Tikka Masala element. Anyway, one of our party ordered it and we all had a try and I have to say it was fantastic – I normally like curries slightly hotter and the Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala certainly was that….
Last weekend Mrs Currytastic and I decided to have a take out and opted for the Chilli Masala from the Cinnamon Lounge and I’ve got to say I’m glad we did. Rich, full of flavour and spicey enough for the very spicey people I wasn’t at all disappointed.
Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala Currytastic Official Score: 4.0 out of 5 – That’s Currytastic!