The balti epitomes Indian cuisine in the UK – meats and vegetables or both simmered in a rich gravy. The balti is characterised by the dish in which it is served – a thin, pressed metal bowl that one can spot in any Indian restaurant Birmingham has to offer. And offer Indian restaurants Birmingham does. Birmingham is for many the capital of curry, and is reputed to be the birthplace of the balti. Others say that balti is a term derived from the Baltistan region of of Kashmir, making its way to Britain via Indian and Pakistani migration. Others say balti comes from the Urdu and Hindi word balty, meaning bucket.
While the origins of the balti may be shrouded in a thick gravy of rumour and hearsay, there’s no doubt that you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing amongst the best Indian restaurants Birmingham has to offer. Smethwick and and Sparkbrook are hotspots in this city of the spaghetti junction, as are Quinton, Moseley, and Hall Green. Take your pick, Indian restaurants in Birmingham are consistently proud of their authenticity, stemming from a long heritage that has simmered away since the rise in popularity of Birmingham Indian restaurants in the 1980s, a trend which led to the popularity of Indian cuisine in the UK at large.
Birmingham Indian restaurants are amongst the UK’s best for Indian cuisine, a centre for what is now the UK’s most consumed world food. The best Indian restaurants in Birmingham serve up all your favourite curries and Indian or Pakistani dishes and true to their pioneering reputation, Indian restaurants in Birmingham specialise in the balti. Balti-based curries typically contain aromatic Kashmiri spice blends reflecting Indian and Pakistani highland cuisines. Balti equally reflect the spiciness of nearby Szechuan in China, and the historic cuisines of the Mirpuris and the Moghul empires. Check if the Indian restaurant in Birmingham you choose serves 'karack' naan, large enough for sharing.
There are many balti houses and Indian restaurants in Birmingham, but it’s easy to pick one out using Quandoo’s intuitive search. Select Birmingham and either type in 'Indian' or use the cuisine selector to look for Birmingham Indian restaurants. You’ll see the full list of options when it comes to choosing an Indian restaurant in Birmingham. Filter out restaurants that don’t suit your budget or narrow your search by district. With a shortlist of the best Indian restaurants in Birmingham, your next step is to follow your nose, Quandoo smartphone app in hand, and enjoy the flavours of Indian cuisine so beloved in this West Midlands metropolis.