Going Quackers for a Balti

Duck Balti Thanks to Zaf at Shababs, I had the chance to see if duck cut the Balti ‘mustard’ instead of chicken or lamb. He cooked one duck breast marinated and then seared over charcoal and another with mango and pomegranate purees. Both were skinned and chopped into chunks before getting the Balti treatment.  The problem […]

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Balti Banter

There’s a website called the Food Review Club with apparently nigh on 300,000 followers so when they contacted me about doing a piece about balti I was happy to accept. The likeable couple behind the initiative are young and not from Brum so just the sort of foodies that need to know what the difference […]

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Bargain Balti

I’m not a great one for balti sauce mixes but for a quick balti at home then there’s nothing wrong as long as all the ingredients are fast cooked and served up in the same balti pan. Mind you most of the sauces masquerading as ‘balti’ are one dimensional and very sugary sweet. So I was […]

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The Popular Balti … and richly so!

Popular Balti After a COVID influenced absence of many months I finally returned to the Popular Balti, one of the best kept ‘secrets’ on the Ladypool Road. It’s had a minor makeover to complement its leatherette seating and booths but the one thing that they thankfully haven’t changed is the quality of food served. Crispy Poppadoms […]

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Back of the net!

When I go up to see friends in Formby, we often have a takeaway but on principle I never order a ‘pretend’ pseudo balti. The upside is that it gives me a chance to try different sorts of curries.So this time, having perused the menu of the modestly named ‘Curry House‘ in Birkdale, I ordered […]

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Each to their own?

Well known Brummie chef Aktar Islam has been bemoaning the stereotyping of ethnic chefs as only being good for cooking their own type of cuisine.  I can understand his view as a very talented and versatile chef although there is a flip side certainly in marketing terms. Most prospective diners visit a restaurant which they […]

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Bish Bash Balti Knockout!

After a shameful 30 year absence, I finally made a trip to the Khyber Pass in Alum Rock. The very geographical description might conjure up a bleak setting but the welcome at the restaurant allayed any of those fears. The warm wooden decor was how I remember this cosy restaurant and it’s just been given some […]

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Mad Jaffrey?

It’s amazing what you can pick up at a car boot sale and perhaps it is fitting that the Madhur Jaffrey’s vintage ‘Balti Serving Set’ was unearthed at one such event recently!  Containing some shiny silver serving dishes it sadly is a complete misrepresentation of the real thing. Am I imaging it but does Madhur’s facial […]

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Nisha’s ‘curry tour of Great Britain’

Nisha Katona, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons ITV’s ‘This Morning’ featured another episode of Nisha’s ‘curry tour of Great Britain’. Now Nisha Katona is undoubtedly a talented chef but in my brief contribution I made the point that balti was a method of cooking and that a true balti had to be served up […]

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Curries and COVID

Leading British Asian web magazine ‘DESIblitz’ recently interviewed a host of restaurants about coping with COVID and their future prospects. Pleasingly this included Balti and it’s worth looking at the video link below kindly provided by courtesy of DESIblitz.com Video Courtesy of DESIblitz.com

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