In a recent speech, Britain's chief foreign affairs adviser, Robin Cook, declared that chicken tikka masala is "Britain's true national dish". His critics laughed.But its no laughing matter if you really examine the eating habits of London. Fish and Chips is fast taking second place to Chicken Tikka Masala. It is not just Chicken Tikka Masala but all dishes Indian are hot favourites in London. Many a Restaurant London has seen, yet the Indian restaurants in London are the meeting places for most britishers. What pizza is to New York, Curry is to London.It has become the most common dish on menus at restaurants.Any Anglo Indian dish is served as Curry now and premixed masala (sauce) is used to make the Curry.But the authentic Indian Curry can be tasted only in an Indian Restaurant. These curries are made differently for each region in India and vary from watery to thick. Subtle differences are distinguished by chefs and gourmet Indians. British homes have also started cooking the curry with readymade mixes. But the expert Indian cook can give you the authentic stuff and any layman can make out the difference. Also if the spices are not used in a certain order and method the goodness of these spices are lost for the end consumer. When used the way it should be the ingredients inherent values are enhanced and even aid in curing ulcers, headache etc. Meals are a ritual in India and Food is considered to be God incarnation and treated with utmost respect. Herbs and spices used are to help the individuals health for mind and body. There are certain food which calms the senses certain ones which they eat only during rainy season etc. Food in an Indian restaurant is served as the course should be served and it is best to follow the instruction of learned chefs to get the best of the food you eat. All said and done its Chicken Tikka Masala which wins all the way.