Not a Frash in the pan!

Al Frash in the Balti Triangle is in my top five for a ‘proper’ balti so on my recent visit, I was interested to see the menu proffered the option of having my balti cooked in organic coconut oil for a £1-50 premium. Usually, this sort of thing is a fleeting fad but I have […]

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A Load of Naansense!

The local paper have just run a piece on a ‘Biggest Naan’ completion. Usually these famous ‘table’ naans are usually only possible if the restaurant has a metal tandoor. Now there’s nothing like a spot of naan sharing but here’s my advice. They look great but never have the lovely doughy consistency of a normal […]

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What a curry on!

The Daily Telegraph published an article, just a couple of days ago, about the state of our curry houses. The Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation, Yavar Khan, was intimating that in the next ten years one in two curry houses were likely to close. Most are Bangladeshi owned and the Chairman of the ACF […]

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Bringing home the Balti

After a hiaitus of over 20 years, the iconic pressed steel baltibowls are about to undergo production at AE Harris in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. Even better, these bowls will be unique in being stamped with the legend ‘Made in Birmingham. Home of the Real Balti’. For more information, contact Andy Munro through this website. […]

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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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