Shortage of Curry Chef Debate Hots Up

With the Bangladesh Caterers Association UK claiming that every week, a couple of Curry Restaurants are closing down, the debate on addressing the shortage of curry chefs boiled up again (See Birmingham Mail 30 Oct 2017). The new West Midlands  Mayor, Andy Street, has called for more home grown youngsters to be trained to join […]

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The Great Curry Out

According to a survey by OnePoll.com it now seems that curry is back at the top of the most popular takeaway choice and within that category the ubiquitous Chicken Tikka Masala. Apparently the fearless Glaswegians like it the hottest (no surprise there!) but the Brummies order the most. Let’s hope that it’s not a case […]

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Andy’s review of the Merrymaid on Moseley Road

Situated on the edge of the Balti Triangle this lively pub does a roaring trade. Whilst ‘balti’ is on the menu, it’s best known for it’s gargantuan mixed grills. So, whilst I love my authentic balti, occasionally I have a longing for a sizzling mixed grill. Service was friendly if a little slow but when […]

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Knights of the Raj exhibition (but not Balti Knights)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a free exhibition which tells the story of the Bangladeshi community’s major contribution  to the much loved British Curry. It has some realistic ‘mocked up’ kitchens and dining areas although a trifle disappointingly the wallpaper isn’t of the flock variety. Some fascinating facts includes the statistic that Birmingham has the […]

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Best of the Balti

I’m often asked about my favourite places to go for a Balti in the Balti Triangle so here’s my current favourites and my reasons. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order so as not to upset any sensibilities! AL FRASH, Ladypool Road Al Frash has won a number of awards and favourite customers included the late Sir […]

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You say Bolti, I say Balti!

This week, Radio 5 (the Thinking Man’s Talk Radio?) featured a Bolton curry house who were marketing the ‘Bolti’ … supposedly their take on the Best Balti ever. In the interests of the BBC’s worldwide reputation on fairness, they invited a Balti Triangle restaurant to provide the Brummie perspective. Fair play to the Bolton restaurant (the Royal […]

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Balti beginnings … A brand new “theory”?

A new restaurant has opened in Kings Heath called the ‘Punjabi Dahaba Grill’ and as I quite like Kings Heath and of course with my personal penchant for ‘Indian’ food, I decided to take away one of their menu leaflets for future reference. There’s vegan soya alternatives … quite apt given the building used to […]

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The Curry Guy – Book Review

The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home (Hardback at Waterstones) – Dan Toombs (author) Dan Toombs tome (now there’s a tongue twister) ‘The Curry Guy’ (@TheCurryGuy) is an excellent insight into BIR (British Indian Restaurant) cuisine. This is a book short on pomposity but long on valuable hints and […]

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Rip off curry?

A recent episode of TV’s ‘Rip off Britain‘ highlighted the substitution of other meats for lamb in a comparatively high proportion of UK Curry houses. In fairness, it wasn’t horse, rat or rhinoceros but either beef or mutton. Now if I was a Hindu then beef would be a religious insult so I can understand […]

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