Meet Our Volunteers: Leila Gamaz

We're really missing the 91 Ways community and hoping it won't be too long until we can all get together again, to share food and stories, talk through the trials and tribulations of the last few months, and enjoy each others company - in real life rather than through screens! In the meantime we wanted to introduce you to some very special people: the 91 Ways volunteers. We have a fantastic team of volunteers that give up their free time to help out with our events and we couldn't carry out our work without them, so we thought we'd take this…


Holi, a feast of colour and togetherness

Today is the beginning of Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. It symbolises the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and is also a time to forgive and make new beginnings. The second day of the festival is “Rangwali Holi” and on this day the streets take on a carnival atmosphere, as people gather to throw handfuls of vibrantly coloured powder in the air. Everywhere and everyone is covered in pink, blue, green and orange and the brighter the powder and the more covered they are, the better! Traditionally, people were soaked with turmeric and flower extracts…

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A special dal for feast days and celebrations

Reena from Reena's Rasoi shares us with us her Makhani Dal recipe, a wonderfully delicious dal that is traditionally prepared at times of celebration. "This is one of my favourite dals, the Punjabi name is Maa di dal (Black Urad dal). When you add butter to dishes made with this dal is it known as Makhani Dal because of the rich creamy texture from the butter added to it. It is a celebratory dal, as it takes time but is not difficult. Make it on a day when you have time to let it cook slowly and note that the dal…

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Rasam Dal with Rachel Demuth

Rachel Demuth, owner of Demuth's Cookery School  in Bath, shares with us one of her favourite dal recipes - Rasam. This delicious Southern Indian soupy tomato dal is flavoured with tamarind and super quick to make as it is made with red lentils that cook quickly. This means it's a great go to dish if you are short of time or new to making dal, especially as it has just a few simple ingredients. You can create something mouthwatering, nourishing and impressive with very little fuss and time spent in the kitchen. What's not to love about that! No wonder…

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