James Martin seems a decent bloke but this celebrity chef got it badly wrong when he cooked a supposed Balti as part of his feature on Birmingham in his current Great British Adventures series. So what did he get wrong? You can apparently cook a proper Balti in a frying pan and serve up in a separate dish (WRONG!!). You can use ghee (WRONG!!). It’s Indian cooking (WRONG!!). It takes around 25 to 30 minutes to cook (WRONG!!). Using coriander is controversial (WRONG!!). You need to add sugar as it can be slightly bitter (WRONG!!).
Programme Researchers if you haven’t been sacked yet …. a proper Balti is fast cooked in under 10 minutes using vegetable oil and is a Brummie Pakistani invention that uses a thin pressed steel bowl to both cook and serve up in. Coriander is traditionally sprinkled on the balti before serving and it has a sweeter taste without the need for sugar due to caramelisation that occurs over a high flame.