A balti is a type of fast cooked
curry cooked and served up
in a type of wok made of pressed steel. It is served in many restaurants in the
United Kingdom. Restaurants in Birmingham, UK offered Balti dishes from the
1980s or earlier. The style of cuisine became known throughout the UK during the
Left: A Balti dish is a curry served (and often also cooked) in a
balti, a distinctive
Balti houses have a reputation as being inexpensive places to
eat. In part, this is because they commonly have no alcohol licence. The
interior of a typical Birmingham balti house is traditionally simple. Some balti
houses have a sheet of glass on the table top with menus secured underneath.
Balti houses often offer very large "Karack" naan bread pieces, meant to be
shared by the whole table.
The food and its style of presentation proved very popular
during the 1980s and grew in the 1990s; Balti restaurants gradually opened up
throughout the West Midlands and then a large part of Britain. The expanded
curry market in Britain is now said to be worth some £4 billion annually; but
some still claim that it is impossible get a 'proper' Balti outside the urban
Balti cuisine remains popular in the UK.