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Apr 5, 2010 10:50 AM

Indian Balti

While living in England, I ate (and fell in love with) Balti, an Indian dish cooked/served in a metal bowl and eaten with naan bread. Been looking at the menus at as many Indian restaurants as I can find in the Boston area, and it doesn't seem to appear anywhere around here. Anyone seen it on a menu? I'll drive a bit to get a good one.

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  1. There's some controversy on the point, but as I understand it, balti (the entree served in the metal pot it's cooked in) originated in the form we most often see it as a creation of Pakistani ex-pats in the UK (specifically Birmingham, I believe).

    There are several versions on the menu at Bhindi Bazaar in the Back Bay, and at Ghazal in Jamaica Plain.

    Bhindi Bazaar Cafe
    95 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      There are a couple mentions of Balti on the menus at Tanjore.

      Some history on it:

      18 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138