Author Archive | Andy Munro

Curryona Virus

Normality has gone out of the window for everybody and that includes baltigoers who hanker after the real deal served up sizzling at their table. However, it is still possible to get a curry fix of sorts as many restaurants are keeping open for takeaways. So in pursuit of my chilli fix , I phoned […]

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Naan but the Best!

Top foodie writer, Tom Parker-Bowles wrote about his recent visit to Brum to sample some of its finest, in this Sunday’s Daily Mail. It was heartening to see that  a man of his many tastes could equally enjoy both the ‘humble’ Balti and also top notch dining at the Michelin acclaimed Opheems in the City’s […]

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A Balti Gem

Popular Balti In my continuing search for the authentic Birmingham Balti, I found that there are at least six ‘Indian’ restaurants in Moseley and Kings Heath with Balti on the menu. However, the Poplar (in Poplar Road) is the only one I’ve found to date of those that do a proper one. Great prices, homely and unlicensed […]

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Curry … A Global History?

Just finished reading yet another ‘definitive’ book on curry called ‘Curry … A Global History’. In fairness the book is fairly innocuous covering all types of curry worldwide. However, the American author Coleen Taylor Sen is another curry historian who gets Balti all wrong which is summed up by the picture of shiny serving dishes. Never mind […]

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Goa-ing for a curry

I spent almost a fortnight in South India so how was the curry? To be frank, many were almost cloyingly sweet, if fiery, and that is probably down to an apparent increasing influence of Chinese cuisine. Yet strangely enough, despite being normally a meat eater, the highlight was a fabulous Paneer and Cashew Masala Curry, all […]

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A nice nod to a Balti

Stu Deeley As a Birmingham City fan I’m not used to Brummies winning things so it was nice to see Stu Deeley take the Master Chef title and at the same time acknowledge the influence of going for a balti with his parents over the years. In doing so he accompanied one of his winning […]

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Christmas Curry?

Christmas Curry? A recent survey conducted by Subway of all people, suggests that around a quarter of the population now prefer a curry to the traditional Christmas turkey.  In fairness, this is reflected in Christmas Day now being a very busy time for Balti houses and curry restaurants alike although Balti Turkey with Brussel Sprouts […]

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Is it now the Balti Rectangle?

With the closure of the iconic Al Frash, I ventured a bit further out from the Balti Triangle to Akram’s in search of another authentic balti experience. The restaurant located on the Pershore Road was packed with regular diners and Xmas Parties galore … a good sign. Poppadoms were paid for but accompanied by a superb […]

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It’s all (Fenu) Greek to me!

It’s been recently reported in the newspapers that a study by the Institute of Women’s Health suggests fenugreek is just the thing to restore a woman’s ailing sex drive. Now before their partner starts ordering balti methi gosht I should point out that the same herb was apparently used back in the day as an […]

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Pushing out the Balti Boundaries

Balti Bazaar in Stirchley With the sad closure of Al Frash in the Balti Triangle, I decided to seek out a  ‘proper’ balti further afield. Last time I’d been to the Balti Bazaar in Stirchley was over 20 years ago so here’s my thoughts after the visit. Staff were friendly and attentive  and although the […]

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