Balti for Beginners

Our inaugural foray into curry was recently marked by a triad of Baltis…or rather, attempts at Balti. However, much was learned in those first couple of weeks, despite the fact that Miss Curry has never had the pleasure of experiencing a real Balti.

Please don’t scoff. The truth is, the Balti just isn’t as known here in the States as it is in other areas. In fact, we highly doubt that it could be found in a public establishment outside of New York, and have it on good authority that it is even difficult to find there. Although surely there is a Balti pot bubbling somewhere in the States, the dish is usually found in British “Balti houses”, specifically in the city of Birmingham, where it is said to have been created- see The Balti Triangle, Birmingham.

According to the Wikipedia article on Balti (very scientific, we know,) it is named after the Urdu word Balty, meaning bucket. This refers to the large, cast-iron pot that each Balti is cooked and subsequently served in. The curry is meant to be steaming hot with a soupy consistency, and is known to be extremely spicy. Miss Curry tried to recreate this classic dish, with varying results, but finally achieved what may or may not be considered a “proper Balti”…although it was definitely a delicious one (details and recipe to come!)

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This entry was published on August 28, 2012 at 11:36 am. It’s filed under curry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Balti for Beginners

  1. Miss Curry may be happy to learn that at least one Balti dish is available in the state of Virginia – at Curry Mantra in Fairfax:

    http://www.dccurrymantra.com/chicken_curries.html

    to see the details!

  2. Well, that IS news! Perhaps a little field trip is in order…thanks for visiting!

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