@Drums1875 …are you aware that a balti is NOT a cuisine from India, but was first dreamed up by Indians in Ladypool Road, Balsall Heath…shop restaurant called ‘Adil’s’. They had no alcoholic licence but you bought booze from off licence next door…and how we did!
We were regulars there in my 20’s when I was playing for Birmingham Rugby Club (now B’ham Solihull). We played out at Foreshaw Heath Lane, Wythall…then piled into Brum to extend lash-up once we’d finished at the clubhouse!
Now every Indian restaurant sells ‘balti’ but serves it as though it were just another curry, serving it on a plate, or in serving dish to transfer to your plate.
At Adil’s the whole idea was simples: You took your place at a square or bench table which was covered with those checked plastic tablecloths, ordered your lamb, chicken or vegetable Baltimore which was individually cooked in a ‘korai’, like a small wok with metal handles either side and bosh…the individual korai (no plates in sight) was plonked in front of you along with naan bread, no utensils, you picked up your scoff with the naan.
I’ve fairly regularly asked in Indian restaurants if they’re aware of the history of balti, and how true baltis should be served (if they were ever bothered about tradition), but I’ve not met an Indian that knew!
…but now you do and can inform your grandson of this useless information whilst you’re both stuffing your faces!