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A selection of news articles by Andy about the Balti and the Balti Triangle ...

Andy Munro



BALTI BREXIT? PDF Print E-mail

After six years of trying it seems likely that the Birmingham Balti is going to join the Lincolnshire Sausage in being turned down by the Eurocrats, for Food Protected Status.

Andy, who has led a consortium of genuine balti restaurants said:

"We spent the first three years developing the application and steering it successfully through the UK process and objection period. However, since then we have been asked to provide further information on an almost continual basis by Brussels officials. Every time, we have responded satisfactorily, they've found something else to pick holes in.

In the final analysis, they don't 'get' that balti is a method of cooking rather than a recipe albeit that every restaurant uses the same base ingredients then overlaying this with spices of their own choice. It's a nonsense when you consider the Neapolitan Pizza has the mark when it's just pizza dough, tomatoes, cheese and basil. It's all a bit disappointing especially when the UK  government were happy with our application!"

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BALTI BOWL BREAKTHROUGH PDF Print E-mail

A growing shortage of quality Balti Bowls may become a distant memory as negotiations with a local Birmingham manufacturer continues. Andy Munro says 'Balti is an intrinsically Birmingham dish so it will be befitting if we can start to get them made again in their ancestral home!'

 
NOT STRICTLY BALTI! PDF Print E-mail

Apparently Channel 4 are looking for passionate foodies and are targeting Brum. Due to our 'currylinary' heritage, anybody who reckons they can cook a mean curry, could be in with an opportunity to impress ... see below for details.

 
CALIFORNIA DREAMING (BALTI STYLE) PDF Print E-mail

In San Francisco, there's a fabulous food purveyor called Trader Joe's which rivals Waitrose in its eclectic selection of quality and seasonal foods. However this month, Trader Joe has let himself down by trying to bring the Balti to the West Coast of the USA in the shape of the ubiquitous 'Balti Pie'. To paraphrase Harry Enfield's Mr. Angry, 'Oi! Trader Joe, No! Stick to Pumpkin Pie!

 
TRUE MAHARAH CARDAMOM BEER PDF Print E-mail

Beer seems to be the 'new wine' these days with talk of flavours, aromas etc etc but, in fairness, a proper ale has a lot going for it as an accompaniment to spicy food. Consequently, I was keen to see how the new 'True Maharajah Cardamom Beer' stood the test of 'going for a balti'.

My days of drinking beer with a balti are more sporadic as I often find a robust red wine is a good match. However, I still like a decent beer and it so happens that Cardamom is one of my favourite spices.

Testing it out with a spicy Balti Chicken Jalfrizies, the beer certainly held its own. It's edgy without being bitter and the Cardamom taste is distinctive but subtle. Light and lively on the palate, it was a refreshing drink without having the overpowering gassiness of lager. Definitely a welcome addition to the 'beer with balti' ranks. Brewed by Leicester based Modha Ales, it should soon be available in the Birmingham area.

 
BALTI AND THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW PDF Print E-mail

Thanks to an invite from Birmingham City Council Markets Dept, Al Frash represented the Birmingham Balti with cookery demos on the Bull Ring Market stand. Dishes cooked (and eagerly sampled!) included Balti Garlic Chilli Chicken, Balti Chicken Achari and the restaurant's signature dish, Balti Aphrodisia. A range of pakoras also tempted the audience including mushroom, chicken and the world's first (??) sweet potato pakora. It was significant that a vast proportion of the audience had never had a genuine balti before.

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Good Food Show

 

 
DANISH DELIGHT PDF Print E-mail

Shabab recently hosted a visit from Kim Wiesener, a Danish journalist charged with writing the 21st edition of Denmark's definitive tourism guide to England and Wales. Stopping off in the Balti Triangle, after a short tour, he polished off a Balti Chicken and Mushroom and declared it 'delicious'.

He reckoned his starter of Sheehk Kebab was nine out of ten and the Chicken Tikka got the 'Perfect Ten'! With an estimated 15,000 Danes visiting our City, this could represent some serious Balti business.

 
BALTI, THE GREAT BRITISH FOOD PDF Print E-mail

Shabab hosted a visit of the Great British Food magazine who couldn't resist a balti when they came to enjoy the increasing delights of Brummie cuisine.

 
BALTI BLARNEY PDF Print E-mail

Sir Terry Wogan recently paid a visit to top baltihouse Al Frash and used a shamrock shaped nan to mop up his Irish themed Balti!

 

 

 
BALTI AND THE BROADSHEET PDF Print E-mail

Good to see a chef of Glynn Purnell's talent keeping to his roots by highlighting Balti Godfather 'Adil' as his favourite restaurant 'pick'. He was one of forty top chefs choosing their favourite restaurant for the Observer Food monthly.

 
Going for a Balti The Story of Birmingham’s Signature Dish PDF Print E-mail

The Story of Birmingham’s Signature Dish is a new book by Andy Munro

The Birmingham Balti has received world wide recognition and acclaim from the New York Times to the travellers’ bible, The Rough Guide, but more than anything else, it holds a place in the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of avid baltigoers everywhere. Going For A Balti traces back the story of this unique dish from its birth, through its boom years to the present day.

This is the inside track on Birmingham’s signature dish, as never told before, through the eyes of ‘Baltiholic’ and Champion of all things uniquely Birmingham, Andy Munro.

AUTHOR NOTE Andy Munro was born and bred in the Balti Triangle and, as a passionate Brummie, has championed the Birmingham Balti to the extent of working with the restaurants to apply for a European Food Trademark of Authenticity. Recently semi-retired after ten years leading the regeneration of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, he continues to be involved in championing his home city.

Details of how to get a signed copy from this site:

'Just out, the Definite History of Birmingham's iconic dish!

Going for a Balti

A great present for Balti Lovers everywhere! (Published by Brewin Books)

Order your signed copy of this definitive history of the Birmingham Balti by sending a cheque for £7- 50p (inc postage and packing) made out to Andy Munro and send to 11 Orchard Way, Hollywood, Birmingham, B47 5NH.'

Or you can get your copy online by clicking this link or on Amazon.

 
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