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MADHUR OR JUST MAD? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andy   
Monday, 13 October 2014 20:48

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 we would want to visit.' It's a shame that a culinary icon like Madhur has to stoop to these levels, coincidentally when she's bringing a new book out. Eitherway she's got her culinary knickers in a twist on this one for the following reasons...

  • Balti is Pakistani Brummie, it's NOT Indian.
  • it is a 'craze' that's lasted nigh on 40 years and the word 'craze' aptly describes its popularity which is nothing to be ashamed of.
  • authenticity is about the development and/or invention of food not dates... one wonders if all Madhur's recipes were being prepared and cooked in exactly the same way in India 300 years ago.
  • her insult to Birmingham re the origins might have amused Cheltenham's retired colonels as they enjoyed their 'authentic' kedgeree but it was a cheap shot by somebody who should know better.

Regards

Andy

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 20:55