The hairy baltiers

The Balti Triangle and Brum’s iconic dish were in the limelight again when the Hairy Bikers visited Shabab on their Chicken and Egg culinary sojourn. On peak time TV, it was great to see them tuck into a ‘proper’ balti and you could see that they genuinely enjoyed their spell of naan dipping. Another two […]

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Be a curry king

On October 14th, the Charity ‘Love Brum’ is hosting Birmingham’s first ever black tie dinner at the ICC where making a curry is an integral part of the proceedings. Backed by sponsors like East End Foods, this is a great chance to have some fun, make money for a worthy local charity and be crowned […]

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Balti Brexit?

After six years of trying it seems likely that the Birmingham Balti is going to join the Lincolnshire Sausage in being turned down by the Eurocrats, for Food Protected Status. Andy, who has led a consortium of genuine balti restaurants said: “We spent the first three years developing the application and steering it successfully through […]

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Balti bowl breakthrough

A growing shortage of quality Balti Bowls may become a distant memory as negotiations with a local Birmingham manufacturer continues. Andy Munro says ‘Balti is an intrinsically Birmingham dish so it will be befitting if we can start to get them made again in their ancestral home!’

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Not strictly Balti

Apparently Channel 4 are looking for passionate foodies and are targeting Brum. Due to our ‘currylinary’ heritage, anybody who reckons they can cook a mean curry, could be in with an opportunity to impress … see below for details.

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True maharah cardamom beer

Beer seems to be the ‘new wine’ these days with talk of flavours, aromas etc etc but, in fairness, a proper ale has a lot going for it as an accompaniment to spicy food. Consequently, I was keen to see how the new ‘True Maharajah Cardamom Beer’ stood the test of ‘going for a balti’. […]

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Balti and the BBC good food show

Thanks to an invite from Birmingham City Council Markets Dept, Al Frash represented the Birmingham Balti with cookery demos on the Bull Ring Market stand. Dishes cooked (and eagerly sampled!) included Balti Garlic Chilli Chicken, Balti Chicken Achari and the restaurant’s signature dish, Balti Aphrodisia. A range of pakoras also tempted the audience including mushroom, […]

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Danish delight

Shabab recently hosted a visit from Kim Wiesener, a Danish journalist charged with writing the 21st edition of Denmark’s definitive tourism guide to England and Wales. Stopping off in the Balti Triangle, after a short tour, he polished off a Balti Chicken and Mushroom and declared it ‘delicious’. He reckoned his starter of Sheehk Kebab […]

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