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Not Currying On?

A recent news article in the Birmingham Mail featured Bangladeshi Shahab Uddin who owns Streetly Balti. He makes the valid point that 30% of curry restaurants will probably have to close partly because their owners lack the ability to secure government support that they are eligible to claim. I agree that cutting through the bureaucracy is […]

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Balti Bounce Back?

I’m missing my Balti fix and, to be honest, the takeaways I’ve had just don’t compare with the real thing. So, with the possibility of restaurants reopening in July or August, I thought that I’d get a view from one of the leading Balti restaurants, Shababs. Shababs Zaf, their owner, told me that they had […]

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Flavours of History … but maybe not Balti

Peter and Colleen Grove have been legendary amongst the curry cognoscenti for many years with their curry guides and their National Curry Week which has raised thousands for charity. Although I think that Peter may sadly be no longer with us, their legacy lives on so I enjoyed reading  their ‘Flavours of History’ book  However, without […]

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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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