Balti is a type of curry. It has achieved cult status in the west in a remarkably short space of time. Indeed, the very word Balti is as alien to most of the peoples of the subcontinent, as was the curry when that word was coined long ago. Balti¹s origins, as with all such food, go back a long time. The northern-most part of the subcontinent is Pakistan¹s Kashmir, a part of which is called Baltistan.

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In this area food evolved over centuries as one-pot, dryish stews, slow-cooked over embers. Balti combines Moghul tastes with the aromatic spices of Kashmir and the robustness of winter foods found in lands high in the mountains. The results are very tasty indeed. Chilli heat is not in evidence. Spicing is subtle with emphasis on fresh garlic, ginger, coriander leaf, and aromatic spices including clove, cassia bark, cardamoms, aniseed, fennel, and Cummins. These spices are a type of garam masala, that aromatic mixture from Kashmir, which when roasted gives off a wonderful and unique aroma and imparts a gorgeous dark brown color to the curry.

As with most food from the subcontinent, Balti is cooked in and eaten from a two-handled bowl, known as the Karahi, Korai, or Kadai. This is a traditional round-bottomed, wok-like heavy, cast iron dish which has been used for cooking curries for as long as can be remembered. Somewhere along the line, this pan has become christened the Balti pan. Being a wheat-district, bread traditionally accompanies the Balti, being held in the right hand and used in place of cutlery to scoop up the food.

To Cook Balti Yourself:

Use Madhuban Balti Sauce with meat or chicken or prawn or vegetables. Simply follow the instructions on our recipes page.



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Onions, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Garlic, Ginger, Tomatoes, Coconut Powder, MilkPowder, Tamarind, Mixed Spices, Capsicum, Carrots, Turmeric, Lemon Juice, Fresh Coriander, Salt, Mint
Store Cool Dry Place Product has been tested for ambient
Can be Frozen Yes
Best Before End: See Base Batch Code HB – best before 5 months from production
Suitable for Vegetarians Yes
Gluten Free Yes
Allergen Milk

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Weight 485 g