Dishoom Loves. Issue XIV.

We’re heading into March as we mean to go on: filling our eyes, ears and bellies courtesy of many talented creators in the South Asian community. Whether you’re in the mood for stirring music or a contemplative read, we hope you find something you enjoy.

We’re turning up the volume with:—

South Asian Sounds – a mini-festival taking place from 7th – 10th March at the Southbank Centre. Be transported by contemporary and classic performers from across South Asia, including curated performances by our good friends and genre-defying UK collective, Dialled In. They will be platforming Pakistani maestro Ustad Noor Baksh, who makes his UK debut alongside Eelam Tamil vocalist Pritt.

We’re getting deep with:—

Sanah Ahsan’s debut poetry collection, which we’re adding straight to our shelves. Sanah is a previous winner of the Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize, and their poems are known for their tenderness and evocative imagery. Expect Quranic verses and Urdu phrases woven into soulful meditations on queerness, faith, desire and the very act of being.

We’re preparing to feast with:—

Desified – a cookery book inspired by the core principles of Ramadan, perfect as the holy month approaches. Recipes include easy-breezy breakfasts (ideal inspiration for suhoor), as well as tasty family feasts and sweet treats. Naturally, it also comes chock-full of delicious ideas for ways to break your fast.

We’re pressing play on:—

Season 7 of Somebody Feed Phil, specifically their ‘Mumbai’ episode. Eagle-eyes will spot Dishoom co-founder Kavi Thakrar leading host Phil through the city’s bustling streets, as they embark on a whistle-stop tour of the city’s most famous (and flavourful) foodie strip, Mohammed Ali Road. Prepare to feel extremely hungry.

We’re taking a moment with:—

Our very own Dishoom x Mauli Rituals hand & body wash, the newest addition to the Dishoom Store. Gentle and fragranced with a signature-blended Dishoom scent, made from essential oils of bergamot, reposeful jasmine, sandalwood, lime and sweet orange. Perfect to gift (even if only to oneself).

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Suggested Reading

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Vaisakhi, a day marked across India by people of many faiths, is celebrated in the Punjab as the start of the new Harvest. It falls on the 13th or 14th April depending on the calendar for that year.

Dishoom Loves. Issue XV.

Spring has gently tiptoed in. As the days lengthen and the sun grows bolder, here’s a glimpse of what we eagerly await in April.

Ayesha Erkin shares one of her delectable date recipes

We’re turning page after page of Ayesha Erkin’s recipe book Date of the Day, featuring 30+ recipes for the modest date – timely for breaking fast and after. Our dear friend Ayesha has now kindly shared a recipe for you to make at home. Try it this Iftar or any time you need a salty-spiced sticky treat.

Celebrate Iftar with Dishoom

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us, when Muslims around the world fast daily from dawn till dusk. It is a time of private worship and spiritual discipline, but also of shared joy and abundant feasting. Families and communities come together at suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, and at iftar, the evening meal, to break their fasts with copious, delicious dishes. Join us on 7th April for our own Iftar celebration – for an evening of feasting and live music.