Dishoom Loves – Issue II

As February draws to a close, March brings a promise of spring, longer days and a collection of first-class recommendations that we’re looking to enjoy over the coming month. Settle in with a chai, as we share more of what Dishoom Loves.

We’re eating

A Mumbai-based confectionery delivering joy with mithai. Taken over by two sons during the pandemic to save their father’s legacy, Pistabarfi showcases traditional Indian sweets in a new light, with delightful treats such as their Gur laddoo – a happy accident of rolled jowar, bajra, nachni, wheat and rice with jaggery and ghee. 

We’re watching

The first Pakistani movie to be shortlisted for an Oscar – Joyland – is unmissable. The film centres around Haider, who finds work as a dancer in a cabaret, and falls in love with Biba (Alina Khan), a transgender woman who runs the show. Directed by Saim Sadiq, Joyland is a big-hearted picture, tackling themes of repression, sexual fluidity and social identity. 

We’re visiting

Manchester Museum unveils a new permanent gallery this month – South Asia Gallery – a space dedicated to the experiences and histories of South Asian diaspora communities. Expect contemporary work, personal stories, and over 140 historic artefacts from the Manchester Museum and British Museum. The first of its kind in the UK. 

We’re reading

A debut cookbook from Farokh Talati, Parsi: From Persia to Bombay. Gathering together a selection of Parsi recipes from Farokh’s travels through India and time spent with family, he reveals ways to recreate dishes at home. Blending influences in a journey from West London to Gujarat and beyond, Parsi is more than a cookbook – it’s a love letter to Parsi culture and its people. 

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