There are, according to the experts, 25 things you must do in the British Isles before you die and one of them is to visit Birmingham for a balti.
The Rough Guides’ verdict on life-affirming experiences may not be to everyone’s taste but then it isn’t as exhausting as watching a sunset from the top of Everest either. So what prompted the authors of one of the world’s best known travel guides to make recommendation number 15: “Get lost in Birmingham’s Balti Triangle”?
Birmingham claims to be the curry capital of the nation and the birthplace of the balti, a Pakistani dish introduced to the city by its large Kashmiri population. In addition to The Balti Triangle – the areas of Sparkhill, Balsall Heath and Moseley in South Birmingham – there are plenty of award-winning Asian and Indian restaurants if you like your food spicy. This area is a huge pull for people from all over the country who visit to sample the exceptional cuisine. Each restaurant offers its own take on the dish and the authentic recipes – closely guarded secrets – are what makes eating in The Balti Triangle a memorable experience.
The word balti means bucket, but in reality it is a round bottomed wok with side handles which was originally used by the people of Baltistan in Pakistan. Balti is a type of curry, fast cooked over a high flame with fresh meat and/or vegetables marinated and then cooked with extra spices added during the cooking process.
Ditch the cutlery and eat your balti by scooping it from your bowl with naan bread for a truly authentic experience. Most restaurants are unlicensed so take your own drink.
To cater for the huge demand from foodies who want more information you can now book cookery demonstrations and even an unforgettable balti break. This typically consists of a demonstration, a shopping experience with a difference followed by a traditional balti, a quiz and a cookery pack to take home. These packages are popular with groups of friends wanting an unusual night out, hen parties and serious food lovers alike. Whatever the occasion balti, which was made for sharing, is a delicious choice for a night out and an experience not to be missed.
Birmingham is rightly famous for its balti but it also has much more to offer. In addition to top restaurants serving food from all over the world, there are plenty of cultural activities whatever your taste, exciting shopping and even miles of canals to explore. Why not make a weekend of it? The hotels in Birmingham offer a range of accommodation from five star luxury to boutique and modern. When you have spent some time in the city you’ll know why it is a magnet for so many people who want to get the most out of their leisure time.
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