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An Indian-style dish of small pieces of meat (typically chicken) in a creamy sauce mildly flavoured with spices.‘an enticing plate of chicken tikka masala’count noun ‘we got some garlic naan, two tikka masalas, and the basmati rice’
1970s: from tikka + masala; although influenced by Indian cuisine, the dish is thought to have originated in South Asian restaurants in Britain.
A dish of meat (usually chicken) cooked in a sauce of mixed spices, influenced by Indian cuisine but originating either in the United Kingdom or United States; (also) the sauce itself. Frequently as postpositive, esp in "chicken tikka masala".
1970s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From tikka + masala.
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