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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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Some recognition for Brum’s favourite dish

Arguably, the most influential food magazine ‘Vittles’ recently published a piece on the ‘Rise and Fall of the British Curry House‘ by Sri Lankan Brummie Thuli Weerasena. Whilst critical of  politicians in the past like Robin Cook trying to ‘curry favour’ with multi culturals by lauding dishes like chicken tikka masala and also being critical […]

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King Kong, the Nightingales and Balti

All things Brummie came together in the recently aired Sky Arts documentary about talented Brummie based band ‘The Nightingales‘. Parallels were drawn with the sustaining spectre (if unfortunately not the actual statue) of King Kong and the massively talented and surviving punk influenced band the Nightingales. This was all topped off by their talented singer […]

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Spreading the word!

There are a number of ecellent websites set up for curry lovers and one  is the website for the Royal Curry Club. So, I was pleased to clarify some facts on the Birmingham Balti in a virtual interview … Curry Chaat with… Andy Munro

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Balti Lockdown

There doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for restaurants of all shapes, sizes and cooking styles so where does that leave balti? Well, as small independents, they will need a firm steer and guidelines on COVID safe measures when they reopen and not the typical half soaked Bojo advisory approach, otherwise this won’t […]

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