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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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RIP The Balti Butterfly

It was with real sadness that I learned that legendary balti restaurant Al Frash; with its iconic butterfly logo, has closed its doors for the final time.  A restaurant with an enviable reputation, it was lauded by the quality press food critics and visited by celebrities like Sir Terry Wogan.  From its legendary Balti Aphrodisiac […]

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Best of the Birmingham Balti

Here’s a few top baltis in which to indulge in a bit of naan dipping … Balti Chicken and Spinach at Shababs, Ladypool Road, the Hairy Bikers‘ favourite balti and also the top choice of regular customersBalti Lamb and Aubergine in organic coconut oil at Al Frash, Ladypool Road, a restaurant featured in the Guardian […]

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