Dishoom Loves – Issue I

Each month hereon we look forward to sharing with you, our dear friends, a collection of first-class recommendations and much-loved cultural fixtures that we’re currently enjoying. And with much to look forward to in February, here’s what Dishoom Loves.

We’re watching

A screening of Kekee Manzil – The House of Art at BFI Southbank on Friday 24th February. At the centre of this documentary are Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy and their heritage home Kekee Manzil. The Gandhys helped ignite the contemporary art movement in India. Later, they went on to open Gallery Chemould, Bombay’s first contemporary art gallery. For those interested, a little visual gallery graces the walls at Dishoom Canary Wharf. 

We’re reading

India’s first art and design newspaper, The Irregular Times. It’s an independently-owned quarterly publication featuring POC creatives from across the world. Between its excellently-designed pages lies a heady exploration of art, photography, activism, contemporary culture and some analog entertainment. Best experienced alongside a side of hot samosas. 

We’re dressing up for

Burnt Roti’s party celebrating the South-Asian trans and non-binary community. Expect DJs, guest speakers, mehndi artists and a photo exhibition, with a background of toe-tapping desi tunes. If you’re around, do stop by our Chai stand to say hello. Tuesday 28th February at Glass House, London.

We’re eating

Out of the nifty Dishoom Lunch Pots – a delicious, time-saving alternative to workday lunches, delivered to your front door. Four fine Dishoom favourites – Mushroom Pepper Fry, Chicken Ruby, Chefs’ Lamb Curry and Mattar Paneer – served with Basmati Rice, in one pot for convenience. Available to order via Deliveroo every weekday from 12–4pm, for a limited period only.

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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.

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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.