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A Balti is a British-style type of curry cooked and served up in a thin, pressed steel wok-like pan. It is served in many restaurants in the United Kingdom. The precise origins of the Balti style of cooking are uncertain; some believe it to have been invented in Birmingham, while others believe it originated in the Pakistani region of Baltistan in Kashmir from where it was brought by South Asian immigrants to Britain. As mentioned in the late nineteenth century in Hobson-Jobson, the term 'balti' refers to the steel or iron pot in which the food is cooked or served. The main ingredients are red chillies, tomatoes, garlic, onion, turmeric, coriander, cumin, lemon juice. The dish has an aroma of Kashmiri spices and is typically dry, spicy and oily.

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