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From Bombay-style street food and sweet centres to Gujarati vegetarian cafés and progressive Indian fine dining, Brum has it all. Long before any Michelin stars came to define the top tables in town, it was Birmingham’s Indian restaurants that lit up the gastronomic scene. Immigrants had brought curries of all sorts from the across the Indian subcontinent, and soon every neighbourhood had a local indian restaurant or three. Then, in the 1970s, a Pakistani genius from Sparkbrook invented the balti – a type of curry cooked in a pan known as a karahi – that many now consider the city’s trademark dish. The rest? History.
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