Dishoom Loves – Issue III

As before, we’re so pleased to share with you a collection of first-class recommendations and much-loved cultural fixtures that we’re currently enjoying. And as we revel in the longer days and shorter nights, here’s a quick selection of all things Dishoom loves. 

We’re turning page after page

Of Ayesha Erkin’s recently-launched recipe book Date of the Day, featuring 30+ recipes with the modest date. Ayesha started the series during Ramadan three years ago, where she created date combinations and shared them with friends and family in exchange for honest reviews. Timely for breaking fast and after, are a sweet and savoury mix of Kashmiri Chai Panna Cotta Dates, Crispy Cheese & Dill Dates, Sticky Toffee Pudding Dates and more. E-book owners can indulge in bonus recipe videos, too. 

We’re not pressing pause on

The Romantics – A Bollywood-length docuseries on Hindi cinema’s titan filmmaker Yash Chopra. It has all the makings of a blockbuster – archival footage, Bollywood big-wigs, in-depth interviews, newbies, family trees, laughter and tears, surprise cameos and a touch of suspense. Spread across four parts, and available to watch on Netflix, it’s a good long-weekend plan if you don’t have one already. 

We’re exploring, in awe, as 

The stories unfold across six rooms in Inverleith House, Edinburgh as part of artist Keg de Souza’s latest exhibition Shipping Roots. The show digs deep into three plant types (eucalyptus, prickly pear and ‘alien’ seeds transported across in sheep fleeces), three countries (specifically India, Australia and the UK, through the British Empire) and the histories between them. On until Sunday 27th August at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and free to enter. 

We’re getting our hands busy

Setting the table with our all-new Dishoom Crockery. Our go-to: A quick shake of the tablecloth before gently laying it out. Set down the chintz-design plates for a party of two, three, four or more. Add a layer with Dishoom Bowls and some interest with perfectly-matched tea cups and saucers. Then, the elements: fine flowers alongside finest cutlery, a candlestick (or two), glasses of water, and food. Lots and lots of food. For more first-class tips from our friend and best hostess Kirthanaa Naidu, kindly read on. 

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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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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.