The origin of chicken tikka masala is widely debated, as there are several variations on the story and its beginnings were accidental.
Rahul Verma stated that the dish originated in Punjab during 1971 and said it is a Punjabi dish not over 40-50 years old, even though it is most popular in the Western world. The ingredients and techniques used for cooking the dish all originated from Indian cuisine.
The chicken tikka masala dish's origins are debated everywhere. Some believe that it was created in the 1970s by a Bangladeshi chef in Glasgow, Scotland. A chef from Glasgow's Shish Mahal, Ahmed Aslam Ali, claims that he made the curry dish and urged the European Union to give it Protected Designation of Origin status. Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar requested the parliament to recognize Glasgow legally as the home of chicken tikka masala.
There are several variations on the above story; however, all agree that its beginnings were accidental improvisation. Due to its difficult-to-trace history, its general adoption, and its preparation diversity, the dish's exact origin remains unclear.