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Taking curry out of balti

Most Indian and Pakistani ? and even some of the Bangladeshi ? restaurants here are increasingly getting worried at the mushrooming of takeaways.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 01:39 IST
Vijay Dutt

Most Indian and Pakistani — and even some of the Bangladeshi — restaurants here are increasingly getting worried at the mushrooming of takeaways and eateries calling themselves balti restaurants.

In London alone such outlets have come up in almost all neighbourhoods and in the suburbs.
But some Indian restaurant owners are complaining that many of these balti restaurants claim to serve Indian cuisine when most of them serve food not cooked according to either Indian or Pakistani recipes.

Now, well -known restaurants like Tamarind and Cinnamon Club and Rasoi Vineet Bhatia have reportedly taken the lead to take curry out of the balti house.

But it would be an uphill task. The manager of a well-known Indian restaurant in Mayfair said non-Asian customers have got used to the Balti recipes. "Some of them while eating at our place often say why is your food tasting different from the Balti places."

He believes that Balti "food" has come to stay in Britain. "But they are no threat to us, the genuine Indian or Pakistani places. The more the English travel to India the more they will tend to come to places like ours."

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 01:39 IST