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WHAT A CURRY ON! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andy   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:09

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 intimated that the restaurant community were both insular and complacent.

So where does the Balti Triangle stand on the issue?

Well, firstly, the shortage of Asian chefs is a real disincentive to open new restaurants and also is a negative for existing ones. Maybe, one of the few good things to come out of Brexit might free up movement from the Indian sub continent. Luckily, most balti houses are family affairs because most young aspiring chefs don't see fast cooking a traditional balti with traditional ingredients, over a high flame, or risking wrist burns in the tandoor as an exciting or creative culinary career.

The other issue is that these Pakistani restaurants (not unlike those that are Bangladeshi owned) think that sticking to tried and tested ingredients is the safest business proposition. This is particularly frustrating in the case of Balti which is a method of cooking rather than exact ingredients. How about a Duck Balti with Mango or Balti Lamb and Date or Balti Paneer with Fig? The list could be endless and maybe such developments might be Balti's eventual saviour although a properly cooked Balti with that unique caramelised flavour will hopefully survive the impending curry doomsday forecast by Mr Khan.

ANDY MUNRO

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:16
 
BRINGING HOME THE BALTI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 14:47

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it through this website.

 
'THE HAIRY BALTIERS' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:25

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 celebs to add to the growing list of celebrity Balti ambassadors!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:29
 
BE A CURRY KING! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:01

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 a Curry King.

It goes without saying that this is a great team building event for any business. Whilst aimed mainly at corporates and businesses , there are also some limited individual places. To book a table or for more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:41
 
'CURRY 'CAPITAL' ...BUT ONLY THANKS TO THE BIRMINGHAM MAIL! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:27

Given the City's usual poor showing in putting in a robust bid to become the 'Capital of Curry', it was good to see the local paper, at least, recognising the importance of the dish to the local populace. It certainly caught the imagination with over 10,000 votes!

Even better was the fact that the Balti Triangle, in the shape of 'Shabab' scooped the most prestigious award of 'Best Curry House for Big Night Out'


Awards

Best Curry House for Big Night Out
1. Shabab (Balti Triangle)
2. Jeera (Castle Bromwich)
3. Jilali (Sheldon)

Best Local Curry House
1. Chutney Express (Shard End)
2. Shabab (Balti Triangle)

Best Takeaway
1. Lime Pickle (Castle Bromwich)
2. Chutney Express (Shard End)
3. Toby Indian (Castle Bromwich)

 
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