Indian restaurants in Birmingham: a balti conspiracy. 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.