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Healthy Indian Food from 3 Balham Brothers

Healthy Indian Food from 3 Balham Brothers

2016-11-21 
| by Editor | Posted in Balham Food & Drink, Balham News

Balham is quite rightly one heck of a popular place to dine out and is served by a vast array of cuisine from pizzas to burgers to noodles and everything in between. Balham Daily PRSS (BDP) will be exploring what’​s on offer and we are starting with something quite rare – ​a healthy curry!

BDP were honoured to speak with Abdul Milad, a local business owner and one of three brothers who run 3 stunning Indian restaurants, two of which we are lucky to have here in Balham. Like us, you may well be familiar with local favourite Indian Room on Bedford Hill – ​an award-winning restaurant with a cosy, clean, smart interior who are often mentioned on Twitter. However what we weren’​t aware of is that the relatively new Indian street-food restaurant opposite Balham Station is owned and run by the brothers too!

The three brothers each have a restaurant that is their main focus: Milad – ​Indian Moment (est.2003, Northcote Road), Mubin – ​Indian Room (est.2007, Bedford Hill) and Mukith – Thali & Pickles (est.2014, Balham Station Rd), and while Indian Room and Indian Moment share the same award-winning, modern yet authentic menu; Thali & Pickles offers something very, very different in the form of Indian street food.

Milad has worked with Indian food since he was 17 starting as a waiter and working his way up through the kitchens and his wealth of experience and passion shines through – you only have to touch on the restaurants many reviews such as this one by ‘Lobstercheeks’​ on Open Table to see the effect they have on their customers:

“The menu is enticing and exciting, with options that you don't normally see in an Indian restaurant, such as squid. The flavours of everything we ordered were exquisite, packed with flavour and spice. Similar menu concept to Dishoom, but I thought the food was better. Highly recommended.”​

Of Thali & Pickles Milad tells us that this was a particular challenge for him – ​he was working in the kitchen there with his brother for 2 months solidly to help train the chefs, some of who have shared the journey from Indian Moment to Indian Room and then on to Thali & Pickles. He is very particular about his exacting high standards and the emphasis of their food is that it is healthy as they don’t use Ghee which is often plentiful in Indian cooking, so it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy once you’ve eaten. All of the spices for their dishes are put together from scratch and he prides himself on using the highest standard of met possible from British Premium Meats.

Whilst Indian Street food is very popular in North London, it is sparse South of the river which is why the local brothers were so keen to set it up here in Balham, the gateway to the South!​ We look forward to trying out their cuisine very soon and are proud to support local business.

 

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