A window to the world of wellbeing

MIRA MANEK ON HER NEW BOOK AND THE ART OF BEING HAPPY by ASJAD NAZIR IN HER younger days Mira Manek thought Ayurveda was a destination and benefited immensely from visiting health spas across India. It was only later on that she realised Ayurveda was a lifestyle filled with enriching practices, including cooking with certain […]

‘It was a rollercoaster of triumphs and disasters’

PRIYA O’SHEA RECALLS HER TIME ON TV’S BAKE OFF by PRIYA MULJI HIT TV show The Great British Bake Off is so popular that just participating in it is like a win and one contestant who impressed on the most recent series was Priya O’Shea. The Leicester-based mother of two and marketing consultant battled through […]

British retailers urged to get ready for Veganuary 2020

WITH just over two months to go until Veganuary 2020 begins, the UK retailers have been urged to prepare for the campaign, which presents an opportunity to promote vegan and plant-based offerings to a wider audience. A recent Kantar research commissioned by Veganuary, the not-for-profit behind the campaign, showed that 1.3 million people gave up […]

Cooking is like a form of therapy: Sarah Ali Choudhury

SARAH ALI CHOUDHURY REVEALS THE KEY TO GOOD FOOD PREPARATION by ASJAD NAZIR A close connection to cooking has led Sarah Ali Choudhury towards a massively successful career, including working as a private chef, running a catering business, teaching, appearing on national TV and becoming one of the youngest females to manage an Indian restaurant. […]

Calls for more female chefs to fill staff gap

By Nadeem Badshah TOP female chefs have backed calls for more women to work in south Asian restaurants to save the industry from staff shortages. Fewer than one in five chef positions in the UK is held by females and that figure is believed to be lower in Asian eateries. Industry figures have backed Sarah […]

Dishoom’s cookbook is an “ode to Bombay food and culture”

DISHOOM co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, along with the popular restaurant’s executive chef, Naved Nasir, released their first cookbook earlier this month. Featuring their most sought after recipes, including the Bacon Naan Roll, Black Daal, Okra Fries, Jackfruit Biryani and Chicken Ruby, Dishoom: From Bombay with Love is something of a love letter to the […]

The Curry Guy Veggie

by Rashmita Solanki Vegetable franky with corn koftas (Saucy wrap with corn dumplings) Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Ingredients: Oil, for deep-frying Gram (chickpea) flour, for dusting 4 tortillas, chapattis or rumali rotis Yoghurt sauce Mint and coriander sauce Lettuce (optional) Sliced onions (optional) For the koftas 1 large potato […]

British Asian restaurants give vegan diners food for thought

By Nadeem Badshah JACKFRUIT biryani, coconut and beetroot-filled samosas and masala grilled avocado are some of the dishes being created by Indian restaurants to cater to Britain’s growing vegan community. Chefs are conjuring up a wider range of dishes for the estimated 600,000-plus Britons who have a plant-based diet with no meat and dairy. Many […]

British South Asians failing to get their ‘5 a day’: Experts

  By Nadeem Badshah FEWER than half of British Asian adults eat five fruit or vegetable portions daily, compared to around 56 per cent of white people, as experts warned the figures are a “wake-up call”. Some 47 per cent of people of South Asian origin in England had the recommended amount in 2017-2018, compared […]

A feast of Pakistani flavours in London

RESTAURATEUR AIDA KHAN REVEALS THE SECRETS OF HOME-COOKED FOOD by ASJAD NAZIR Internationally-renowned chef and restaurateur Aida Khan has been surrounded by food from a young age. The working mother has turned that passion into a full-time career, which included opening a branch of her restaurant Shola Karachi Kitchen in west London recently. The London-based […]