Author Archive | Andy Munro

Britain’s Top Takeaways

In this TV series, the vacuous Sarah Cox presents a competition which recently featured ‘Indian’ takeaways from different parts of the country … Edinburgh, Bradford (billed as the curry capital!), London and Newcastle. Notice the usual big city name missing and to rub it in the groups of diners judging were Manchester based. The one consolation is that […]

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Balti Buffs!

Misty Ricardo and Andy Lees This week saw a gathering of curry royalty at Shababs, in the form of Richard Sayce aka curry author Misty Ricardo and Andy Lees who set up the highly successful Facebook page ‘The Balti Club ‘with a multitude of loyal followers. They were given access to the kitchen and under […]

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A Brummie Balti Birthright?

The quest to preserve the authentic Balti and to educate the public, particularly those born in the noughties onwards, goes on. Balti Bowl In adding a chapter to a proposed new reprint of my book ‘Going for a Balti’, I commissioned a survey amongst Brummies about their awareness of the authentic dish. Alarmingly, less than […]

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A Balti Banner?

Well known Brum artist Andy Slater recently did a brilliant take on designing flags for different districts of the city. Great idea and good to see the one for Sparkbrook featuring a balti bowl in a triangle. If I had a grouse I would make the colours more Pakistani than Brazilian but it would be […]

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Balti Bizarre?

I made a trip to Stirchley’s Balti Bazaar and it was a more than decent meal with one dish presented like  it had been cooked by the winner of Master Chef! Friendly service brought some excellent dips and crispy paid for poppadoms. Starters were a tender chicken tikka and a meat samosa … the latter […]

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Recognition at last!

The birthplace of balti, the Balti Triangle has at last been recognised thanks to Network Rail’s new signage at Birmingham New Street Station. It also recognises other truly unique areas of the second City featuring places such as Bournville, Chinatown, and the Gay Quarter. Fair play to the oft criticised Network Rail for treading where City […]

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A sort of Balti Blasphemy!

I thought that I’d  seen everything in terms of the corruption of the word ‘Balti’ but Sharwoods have surpassed them with their ‘slow cooked,’ balti sauce.  Slow cooked … NOT a balti: cooked in a pot … NOT a balti: serves four … NOT a balti. No wonder it was a quid a sachet in […]

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Xmas Baltis

Just finished helping my daughter at the craft market in Brum’s Cathedral Square and lots of takers for balti bowls for Santa’s sleigh. However, it was interesting that the other products on sale included hand painted tiffins and amusingly(and worryingly) quite a few people thought they were baltibowls!  This just illustrates how important it is […]

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The Nanny of all Balti’s

For some years I’ve banged on about making Balti ingredients more diverse and thanks to top Balti chef Zaf, owner of Shababs, I’ve.started the experimental process A few weeks ago we used duck from fresh but I must have been quackers because it was not only a bit tough but its consistency meant that the duck […]

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