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Bid lodged for city Balti status.

A bid to gain protected status for Birmingham's world-famous Balti has been lodged with the Government.

If granted, the name "Birmingham Balti" would receive the same level of European Union protection as other regional specialities, like the Cornish Pasty, by pinning down the dish's recipe and cooking method.

Those behind the bid said the Traditional Speciality Guarantee status would be a massive boost for the city's famous Balti Triangle - one of the reasons Birmingham was named in the New York Times' top 20 world destinations earlier this year.

Andy Munro, an adviser to the Asian Balti Restaurant Association, drew up the bid to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with city restaurants.

He said: "I've been working with a consortium of six restaurants to put the bid together. I picked six who do it the genuine way.

"We didn't go for just Balti because that's become a generic word for curry so we went for 'Birmingham Balti' because that's where it all started."

A Balti enthusiast, Mr Munro's mother was a nanny in the 1920s for the original owners of Veerswamys, which was the first Indian restaurant in the UK.

He added: "We've worked for a year to get it right.

"It will be the first ethnic dish (to gain protection) and will be brilliant for Birmingham."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 21, 2012
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