BBC Balti Baloney

Many years ago the BBC (and particularly Radio 4) could be relied upon to do their research thoroughly and provide accurate and objective reporting. Unfortunately last week’s Radio 4 Food Programme report is anything to go by, those days are long gone. Under the heading ‘Birmingham’s  Beloved Balti’ their reporter Yasmin Khan proceeded to angle her report […]

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Bygone Baltis

In the heart of the Balti Triangle was a popular restaurant called Sher Khan and, as the photo shows, it is now in the act of disappearing having remained derelict for a number of years. One of the slightly ‘posher’ baltihouses, it used to be opposite another longstanding favourite, the ‘Grand Tandoori’. It was famous […]

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Streetwise?

I recently paid a return visit to one of the Balti Triangle’s top exponents of a ‘proper’ balti, the Shahi Nan on Stratford Road. Always offering excellent food and friendly service, if I had one grumble, it would be that following a refurbishment  a few years ago, dining in the restaurant was like having a […]

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The Naany State

Recent reports in the paper suggest that the Government are on the cusp of introducing new legislation to make food manufacturers, takeaways and restaurants declare the calorific value of their food. Whilst to some extent that might be helpful on sweet and chocolate packaging maybe things are going too far. Firstly, will it make any […]

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Paella Punked and Balti Blagged!

There was a recent article in the Guardian lamenting the lack of availability of ‘real’ paella and the growth of pretenders purporting to be the real thing. It struck me that there is a striking similarity to the position on authentic balti not least because paella takes its name from the cooking pan which is […]

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Sauce of concern?

A recent Spanish medical study of around a thousand women suggested that the  women who ate meals made with pre prepared sauces were three times more likely to develop the most aggressive form of breast cancer. In addition forty per cent were more likely to be affected by any form of breast cancer. Now , […]

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Endangered Species?

I recently accompanied acclaimed photographer and journo Dan Homer on a tour around the Balti Triangle and his article on the site ‘atlasobscura’ suggests the ‘real’ Balti is in a crisis. This is partly because of the Government’s continuing fantasy that there are lots of young people in the UK willing to graft in a hot kitchen […]

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Having a right wine!

There have been a few articles recently from the ‘experts’ about what wines to have with a ‘curry’ and the general message is that white is better than red and the favoured tipple is the much recommended ‘Gewurtztraminer’. Rose is also mentioned although seen by many as lightweight and frivolous. Eitherway, gone are the days […]

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River Korma or Balti Brook?

A recent report in a national newspaper revealed that a river in bradford had turned yellow because of discharges from local curryhouses. Its not happened yet in the balti triangle but maybe a balti brook could become a big tourism attraction!

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Taking back the Street (food)?

If a proper Balti is a culinary invention that many enjoy, I suppose it doesn’t really matter if the burgeoning ‘street’ food scene is the genuine article or really nouveau Indian tapas in disguise and, to be honest, I enjoy my turmeric and masala chips as much as the next curry lover. However, taking this […]

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