Monthly Archives: April 2017

The history of curry & Brum’s love affair

Birmingham has become known as the curry capital of the UK with a wide selection of curry houses spread across the city. People from all over the UK come to Birmingham just to sample the authentic Indian cuisine that can be experienced here, but where did this love affair between Brum and curry from?

Balti houses began popping up in the Midlands city in the 1970s, and due to their popularity amongst locals, they’ve been growing ever since. The Balti dish was created by the local Pakistani/Kashmiri community that decided to bring a taste of their home cooking to the streets of Birmingham, by blending various herbs and spices to create the perfect dish that could also be enjoyed by the Western locals. The famous Birmingham Balti Triangle was formed by bringing together the Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley areas of the city to form a triangle of Asian cuisine, and is a well-visited spot for food lovers. However, the heart of the city also features an array of award-winning restaurants that aim to create an extraordinary dining experience.

Birmingham’s curry restaurants are increasingly in demand, as Birmingham’s reputation for being the best of the best when it comes to authentic Indian cuisine continues to grow; it’s impossible not to visit the city without sampling some delicious food.

If you want the full Birmingham curry experience, visit Itihaas restaurant for a completely authentic taste of fine Indian cuisine. Tantalise your taste buds with our lunch menu or go for the full fine-dining experience of an evening meal. You’ll be surrounded by enchanting historical décor with a modern twist, to really set the mood as you dine. Book now for your Itihaas experience!

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Last Friday, comedy-lovers and curry-connoisseurs alike were in high spirits, at Itihaas’ Comedy Rum-Ball. Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens welcomed 270 guests, who came together for an evening of eating, drinking, and entertaining. Hosted by BBC Celebrity MasterChef finalist and famed comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli, those in attendance not only raised the roof, but also vital funds for local homeless project Let’s Feed Brum. Altogether, the generous attendees donated a phenomenal £10,475 to the cause.

The second event of its sort, the comedy and curry night was designed to give back to those in need, using its first sold-out success as its inspiration. The Rum-Ball brought together the best in the business, with Itihaas’ head chef Pavneet Sangwan and Ampersand’s head chef Phil Bradley working with Hardeep to create the bespoke fusion menu. Joined by rum specialist, Alessio Franzese from London’s famous Rum & Sugar, the four-course meal saw each plate paired with a taster of the special spirit. A menu including salmon and goats’ cheese samosas, duck dosa salad, masala mackerel, and Jaipur mess, was meticulously matched with a measure of rum intended to complement the fusion flavours. Compered by the tongue-in-cheek Hardeep, the evening ticked every box, with sugar, spice, and all things nice.

Rum and comedy weren’t the only things to keep guests occupied between courses: a charity raffle and auction also ensured that invitees were entertained. The auction’s star prize of a luxury day sailing the Solent aboard the Rum Runner boat was coveted by the crowd, bringing in a generous bid of £1,900. Both the raffle and the auction saw all proceeds go to Let’s Feed Brum, making an incredible £10,475. These funds will help ease the lives of those on the streets, by providing food, drinks, and essential supplies. To put the total in to perspective, the money could fund 2,095 sleeping bags or 146,650 cups of tea and coffee.  

Raj Rana, managing director of Itihaas and co-founder of Let’s Feed Brum, was particularly pleased with the night, saying:

“As one of the directors of Let’s Feed Brum, it was tremendously important to me that the night went well. However, I am absolutely blown away at how successful it was. The other directors and I are truly overwhelmed at the total raised, which has surpassed all our expectations! On behalf of us all, I want to say an enormous thank you to all that came and made the night as magical as it was – thanks to your kindness, we can make a difference to hundreds of people that are living on our streets.”

Plans are already in place for the next curry and comedy night, expected to take place in September. To make sure you get your tickets before they sell out, keep an eye on the Itihaas website. In the meantime, you can also get behind the Let’s Feed Brum cause by volunteering, donating, or fundraising: just visit the website to find out more.

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Indian spices & their many uses

Indian spices aren’t just great for adding flavour to your recipes, many of them also have other medicinal properties. We’ve outlined some of our favourite spices that have multiple uses, so you can start improving your health, and your meals, every day.


Bright and beautiful Turmeric is an antioxidant that has been said to help fight and manage Cancer. It also cleanses the liver, so it’s perfect for when you’re suffering with a hangover and want every ounce of alcohol out your system. It’s also known to be used in the prevention of Alzheimer disease.

Cumin seeds

Cumin is commonly used in Indian cuisine, and it can pretty much be used in any dish! It also boosts the immune system, relieves pain and stomach issues, and is a good iron supplement.


Powerful and spicy ginger can boost the immune system, cleansing your body to help relieve colds and joint pains.


Not only does cinnamon taste great sprinkled over our coffee or desserts, it has also been known to regulate blood sugar, meaning you’ll be full of energy all day.


Cloves are used considerably across India, and not just in the food. They are considered to be natural painkillers, so are perfect steamed in boiling water to relieve a sore throat.


Here at Indian restaurant Itihaas, we use an extensive range of authentic Indian spices, which means you’ll not only get a delicious meal, but you’ll leave feeling happier and healthier.

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