Any visit to Birmingham is not complete without visiting the
city's 'curry capital' and sampling its unique Balti fare.
Originating from the large Kashmiri population, the Balti dish was
officially discovered in 1976. The word
means 'bucket', and refers to the round-bottomed pan,
similar to a wok, in which the dish is served. A mouth-watering
stir-fried curry with an amalgamation of spices, fresh herbs and
tantalising masalas, newcomers should forget their knives and forks
and mop up the sauce with a wad of aromatic naan bread. Located in
the Sparkbrook area, ten minutes from the city centre, the Balti
Triangle boasts over 50 restaurants dedicated to Eastern cuisine
and a smattering of shops, ranging from Asian clothes and fashion
to exotic foods and Bollywood merchandise.
Address: Sparkbrook area, downtown Birmingham