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

Andy Munro



SALUTE TO SALEEM'S PDF Print E-mail

It is with collective sadness that balti afficionados note the closure of Saleem's. Known for it's balti at the hotter end of the spectrum, fiery dips and some mean kebabs, this baltihouse was well loved. Its signature framed picture of their family's Pakistani wrestling 'tag team' will also live long in the memory. With its neighbours, Imran, having a full makeover, it's likely trade suffered to the extent that it was no longer viable.

Thank you Saleem Waheed for the years of great service you gave to the Balti Triangle and, of course, Birmingham's famous dish.

 
MADHUR OR JUST MAD? PDF Print E-mail

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

 
STONEY LANE TO WELCOME BACK THE GODFATHER OF BALTI PDF Print E-mail

After an absence of almost seven years, Adil is moving back to its old premises on Stoney Lane where it all began, almost 40 years ago. The restaurant will have an upstairs room for parties and is aiming to be open for business in early October.

 
RETURN OF THE LUNCHTIME BALTI PDF Print E-mail

Years ago, in the halycon early days of Balti, a lunchtime visit to a Baltihouse was a customary break from the stresses of the working week. However, as the recession bit, the Balti Triangle was generally 'closed' on a weekday lunchtime. Things now seem to be changing back to the 'good ole days' with Shabab on the Ladypool Road joining the likes of Shahi Nan Kebab House, Imran and Grameen Kadar as open for lunchtime business. Balti is a good value for money meal anyway but some of the restaurants even do a lunchtime 'special'.

 
PLANNING FOR WHAT? PDF Print E-mail

I visited one of the Balti Triangle's pioneer restaurants recently and they were depressingly downbeat due to the continued saturation of eateries in the area ... particularly fast food joints. Last time I spoke to BCC Planning Dept, they said that they were clamping down on permissions on hot food outlets across the City ... apart from the Balti Triangle. Not sure of the logic there!?

 
'RETURN OF THE FLOCK? PDF Print E-mail

One of the Balti Triangle's most popular restaurants, co-incidentally called The Popular, has undergone a makeover. This cosy restaurant has made an excellent job of the décor but, on my last visit, I'm sure that I spied a 21st Century version of flock wallpaper. What next? Black Forest Barfi?

 
EU LATEST PDF Print E-mail

The bid to secure 'Traditional Status Guaranteed' EU status rumbles on with the documentary evidence of the minimum 30 year origin rule now satisfied courtesy of the 'Balsall Heathan' magazine. Next up is another visit from DEFRA ... a genuinely helpful bunch but not helped by the pernickety Eurocrats. Apparently, a number of previous attempts by British producers for EU status have failed with the applicants giving up the ghost after many years of trying ... however, we press on. I suppose it's typical and perhaps, I should write to Nigel Farage ... or there again, perhaps not.

 
CURRY TOO HOT FOR BRUM PDF Print E-mail

Yet again, it appears that the local authority and partners have gone cool on the National Capital of Curry competition, due to be held in the Autumn. Proposals sent to the local authority, local paper, and the College of Cakes have met with that ultimate weapon of public servants ... 'silence'!

 
DISCOVERING BALTI PDF Print E-mail

I was at Shabab recently for a visit of the 'Discovery Channel' programme makers who were filming a programme about curries and wanted to cover Birmingham's famous Balti. The presenter was well known Iranian comedian Omid Djalili. I'm pleased to say that he massively (and genuinely) enjoyed his Balti Chicken and Mushroom Vindaloo. We also prepared the same dish one in genuine balti style, cooked and served up in the 'balti' using vegetable oil compared to one cooked in a frying pan in ghee and then transferred to a dish. There was a noticeable difference in taste with Omid much preferring the former genuine article.

Incidentally as part of the programme, Omid had been to a Grantham curryhouse the day before to sample (allegedly) the world's hottest curry prepared using a new hot hybrid variety of peppers. He managed one spoonful and with a paramedic on hand, his heart rate immediately doubled. Incidentally, he described the next day as 'painful'.

 
Shabab’s Quick And Easy Chicken Balti For One PDF Print E-mail

Shabab’s Quick And Easy Chicken Balti For One can be found on the Curry Guy (Dan Toombs) website at http://www.greatcurryrecipes.net/2014/02/17/quick-and-easy-chicken-balti-for-one/

 
BIRTH OF THE BALTI PDF Print E-mail

Our bid to secure TSG protected EU status for the 'Birmingham Balti' partly depends on finding a 'balti reference' from over 30 years ago. We've got one for late 1984 but need a reference from before March of that year. We know it predates that but need the evidence. So, if anyone has any bright ideas ..............

 
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