Birmingham's Famous Balti Triangle

Matt Connelly

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February 2, 2020
The Balti is ours! Although other cities may claim to be the birthplace of the Chicken Tikka Masala, in Birmingham we have an even greater claim - we are the Home of the Balti. Read our latest blog to discover more.

In a city full of restaurants serving up mouthwatering curry, Birmingham is lucky to have a specific area, The Balti Triangle, devoted to one particular style - the beloved Balti.

The Balti Triangle is an area of Balti houses located along Ladypool Road, Stoney Lane and Stratford Road, to the south of Birmingham city centre, in the United Kingdom.

The Balti was invented in Birmingham during the 1970s, when the city's Pakistani residents created a fusion dish inspired by traditional Kashmiri recipes but cooked in a way that was more appealing to western tastes.

The word balti means "bucket" in Urdu and describes the small, flat-bottomed, two-handled wok, in which the food is both cooked and served. Typically, a balti dish is a quick dish to cook, and is to be eaten with naan bread rather than cutlery.

Adil's Birmingham Balti
Established in 1977, Adil's restaurant was reputedly the first to introduce the Balti to Birmingham

 

Al-Frash Balti
Al-Frash Balti another mainstay of Birmingham's famous Balti Triange

 Imran's restaurant, Ladypool Road
A chef showcasing his Balti-making skills at Imran's restaurant, Ladypool Road

Balti Triangle
Location map of Birmingham's famous Balti Triangle

Today there are a variety of restaurants each with a signature Balti to boast. But which one is the best? Well, Warm Welcome are not restaurant critics and why should we tell you where to go? Our advice: head for the Balti Triangle and make up your own mind, it’s the best way to do it. You won’t regret it.

Matt Connelly

Sales Director of Warm Welcome Homestays - passionate about Birmingham and a long track record of working with students.

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