The Balti originates from Baltistan in Northern Pakistan where the cuisine style has some similarities with neighbouring China. Traditionally cooked in a round shaped, two handled pan, the Balti Dish or Karahi as it is also known, has a strong passing resemblance to the Wok. This aromatic, quick to cook, medium hot curry is made with lean lamb strips stir fried with onions, garlic, ginger and Balti curry spices. Peppers, green beans and tomatoes give freshness to the sauce which is sweetened with a little palm sugar or jaggerey as it is also known. The Balti is finished with a generous amount of torn coriander and mint. Serve in a Balti dish with naan or Indian uneven flat breads such as puri, paratha or chapatti.
- Heat the combined ghee and oil in the Balti Dish over a medium heat.
- Add the onions and fry for 6 -8 minutes until soft and lightly caramelised. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Push the onion mixture to the sides of the Balti Dish, stir fry the meat a little at a time combining each batch of the seared meat with the onion mixture as you go.
- Add the spices and salt, stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the tamarind paste, tomato puree, sugar and coconut.
- Add the water, green beans, peppers and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring the mixture occasionally.
- Roughly tear or chop the coriander and mint leaves, stir in half and sprinkle over the remaining.
Adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve with warmed Indian breads.