In the UK, the weekly allowance for a single adult asylum seeker is just £36.95 which should cover food,  clothing and travel. You can imagine its difficult to have a balanced diet while going through lots of stress. BARA was very proud when November 3rd 2015 arrived: our Healthy Kitchen project went live with the aim of providing a balanced diet and also exploring food around the world: in a way helping asylum seekers to socialise, learn and talk to someone along with a healthy world cuisine. This project aims to inspire people from all walks of life to be the healthiest and happiest version of themselves.

I enjoyed sharing my native recipes from India , the menu included the world famous Hyderbadi dum Chicken Biryani, Sambar (lentil veg soup) ,Puri, Pakodas and birthday cake.IMG_3271Hyderbadi dum Chicken Biryani is a dish evoking festivity and happy moments, made of rice mixed with spices, meat and dry fruits.IMG_3276Sambar originates from South India: it is a lentil based vegetable stew made with tamarind and spices.IMG_3269Puri is a deep fried Indian bread served at special and ceremonial occasions especially as a prasadam (Hindu dietary ritual; served as a blessing).IMG_3284Pakoda is an appetizer, snack or starter from South Asia made of gram flour with various vegetables like potato, onion, cauliflower and spinach.IMG_3279Wasn’t it lovely enjoying yummy Indian food and socialising? We’ll be back with more food soon!

By Anusha Udumula


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