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Andy's Curry Room 101 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:55

  • fluorescent sauces that could glow in the dark
  • poppadoms that bend but don't break
  • baltis served up in silver bowls
  • microwaved pakora dessicated to death
  • aniseed sweets instead of after dinner mints
  • obsequious waiters
  • foil takeaway containers that leak
  • spongy thick naan breads like stale madeira cake
  • rock hard kulfi ice cream that needs a pneumatic drill
  • curries with the consistency of cream of tomato soup

Going for a Balti PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2015 08:34

The Story of Birmingham’s Signature Dish is a new book by Andy Munro

The Birmingham Balti has received world wide recognition and acclaim from the New York Times to the travellers’ bible, The Rough Guide, but more than anything else, it holds a place in the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of avid baltigoers everywhere. Going For A Balti traces back the story of this unique dish from its birth, through its boom years to the present day.

This is the inside track on Birmingham’s signature dish, as never told before, through the eyes of ‘Baltiholic’ and Champion of all things uniquely Birmingham, Andy Munro.

AUTHOR NOTE Andy Munro was born and bred in the Balti Triangle and, as a passionate Brummie, has championed the Birmingham Balti to the extent of working with the restaurants to apply for a European Food Trademark of Authenticity. Recently semi-retired after ten years leading the regeneration of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, he continues to be involved in championing his home city.

Details of how to get a signed copy from this site:

'Just out, the Definite History of Birmingham's iconic dish!

Going for a Balti

A great present for Balti Lovers everywhere! (Published by Brewin Books)

Order your signed copy of this definitive history of the Birmingham Balti by sending a cheque for £7- 50p (inc postage and packing) made out to Andy Munro and send to 11 Orchard Way, Hollywood, Birmingham, B47 5NH.'

Or you can get your copy online by clicking this link or on Amazon.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 08:36
Bluffer's Guide to Balti PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 August 2010 21:44
Everybody likes to be a chef or a foodie expert these days and now you can show that you're hot stuff in the kitchen with this Bluffer's Guide to preparing that Balti for someone special...
  • Impress with your knowledge ... balti isn't an Indian dish but a Pakistani one invented in Birmingham.
  • Use the authentic pressed steel bowls and cook with panache over a gas flame.
  • Measure the spices beforehand onto a white plate ... they'll look great and you can impress as you throw them into the balti bowl with casual aplomb!
  • Use  ready made ginger and garlic straight from the jar but put in a small dish to pretend it's been freshly pureed.
  • Use plenty of coriander as it's rumoured to be good for staying power between the sheets.
  • Sprinkle chopped leaves over the finished Balti for that restaurant finishing touch! 
  • Use plenty of fenugreek (methi) if appropriate, as it's supposed to boost the 'fairer' sex in the 'Jordan' stakes.
  • Share a naan and ditch the cutlery - nothing's more sensual than doing a bit of naan ripping and dipping!
  • Make it a garlic naan so you're left alone together and don't use those puny supermarket mini naans!.
  • Chew a piece of cinammon afterwards if you need to lose your garlic breath in a hurry.
  • Have a few glasses of wine beforehand and don't start cooking until 15 minutes before serving - it's fast cooking by a top Balti Chef....YOU!!
Last Updated on Monday, 23 August 2010 21:49
Tornado Triangle PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 August 2010 21:29
At 2.30pm on July 28th 2005, the Balti Triangle was hit by Britain's worst recorded Urban Tornado. Lasting just four minutes and travelling at speeds of up to 130mph, it caused £40m worth of damage but miraculously no one was killed with only 20 people requiring hospital treatment.
One thousand trees were uprooted with 700 buildings damaged and 90 cars damaged beyond repair. Almost stranger than fiction, the last recorded Urban Tornado in Britain of this magnitude was in the 1930s in exactly the same area - nicknamed Bertha!

Local worker Tabriz Hussain said, 'I was queuing up for my fish and chips when suddenly everything went dark. There was an enormous rushing sound and suddenly a tree crashed through the plate glass window. I suffered cuts and bruises but still managed to finish my chips' - a Local Hero!

On a more serious note, many people were made homeless and had to be relocated whilst their houses were rebuilt and repaired. Many local businesses suffered in the same way but the area has now recovered with the trauma thankfully a distant memory to many of those who suffered. The City Council provide a great deal of support in terms of money and resources without a single penny of help from Her Majesty's Gov' wonders if that would have been the case if a similar Tornado had hit Oxford St or Picadilly Circus!
Bibliography PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 July 2010 19:55


Balti Curry Cookbook by Pat Chapman


Going for a Balti: The Story of Birmingham’s Signature Dish

Published by Brewin Books; ISBN Number 9781858585314

Order your signed copy of this definitive history of the Birmingham Balti by sending a cheque for £7- 50p (inc postage and packing) made out to Andy Munro and send to 11 Orchard Way, Hollywood, Birmingham B47 5NH.

Balti Curry Cookbook by Pat Chapman
Balti Curry Cookbook by Pat Chapman; the first Balti cookbook to burst onto the scene in the 1990s. Written by probably the foremost Curry expert and founder of the legendary 'Curry Club',it has a wide range of recipes.
100 Best Balti Curries
100 Best Balti Curries by Diane Lowe and Mike Davidson; a really authentic book with recipes gleaned direct from named restaurants and their chefs in the Balti Triangle area. They include some real classics from the height of the Birmingham Balti boom such as Kirran's Fish Starter handed down through generations.
Balti Britain by Ziauddin Sardar
Balti Britain by Ziauddin Sardar; more cultural than cuisine based - an entertaining take on the British Asian experience but sadly flawed in its references to Balti.
Curry by Lizzie Collingham; an excellent reference book on the history of curry with the bonus of some interesting recipes.

Eating For Britain by Simon Majumdar - his enthusiasm for the food - and its producers - is infectious. Highlights the best of Britain in culinary terms and quite correctly includes a chapter on Balti.
The Essential Street Balti Guide by Andy Munro The Essential Street Balti Guide by Andy Munro; a slightly irreverent take on the Birmingham balti scene at its height of popularity.
Note: Some of the above are out of print and may only be available second hand.



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