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’. […]
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, […]
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 […]
Shabab hosted a visit of the Great British Food magazine who couldn’t resist a balti when they came to enjoy the increasing delights of Brummie cuisine.
Sir Terry Wogan recently paid a visit to top baltihouse Al Frash and used a shamrock shaped nan to mop up his Irish themed Balti!
Good to see a chef of Glynn Purnell’s talent keeping to his roots by highlighting Balti Godfather ‘Adil’ as his favourite restaurant ‘pick’. He was one of forty top chefs choosing their favourite restaurant for the Observer Food monthly.
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. […]
There’s a great opportunity for those who can cook a mean curry and fancy themselves in the Master Chef category for South Asian cuisine. A TV Company is looking for nine chef contestants to compete for a head chef position at an Indian restaurant in Chiswick, London. This is part of a BBC Primetime series […]
It is with collective sadness that balti aficionados note the closure of Saleem’s. Known for it’s balti at the hotter end of the spectrum, fiery dips and some mean kebabs, this baltihouse was well loved. Its signature framed picture of their family’s Pakistani wrestling ‘tag team’ will also live long in the memory. With its […]
The Daily Mail, reporting on the Cheltenham Literature Festival (surprise surprise!), quoted Madhur Jaffray as saying, ‘balti is a craze that will die out as diners move on to more authentic Indian cuisine’ …. she dismissed balti, thought to have been invented in a Birmingham curry house in 1977 as ‘having origins in no place […]