Sparklers, pinwheels, rockets, ladi bombs, mithai, colourful celebrations, fun and laughter… this is the picture of Diwali in so many homes in India.
For us here in London, we try to capture the spirit of Diwali and share it with as many residents of this dear, dear city as possible. This year, we held our brightest, happiest, loudest Diwali celebrations yet, with our good friends at Dinerama. Alongside first-class fare from London’s finest street food traders, we celebrated the festival of light with music and spoken word performances from a selection of outstandingly talented South Asian artists.
We were incredibly humbled and delighted to have the brilliant, Indian-born, London-raised, super-talented musician, composer and sarod player, Soumik Datta headlining our celebrations this year. He totally charmed audiences with his unbearably beautiful tunes on the sarod, and he was also responsible for the finest line-up our Diwali celebrations have ever hosted. It was an honour to work with him and his charity Soumik Datta Arts (SDA), which is dedicated to creating ground-breaking arts projects that bring people together by promoting exceptional talent from under-represented communities.
Thus, to the stage, we welcomed:– Vibs Bhatia, Amrit Kaur Lohia, Saachi Sen, Khiyo and Side Partition. All excellent, all sparkling with talent, and all complemented by spoken word from award-winning Jaspreet Kaur.
And at the end – the audience found their dancing feet, inspired by the awesome tunes from Ryan Lanji – DJ, curator and founder of queer South Asian club night Hungama.
Truly – this was an event to remember. To all who came, thank you. We captured the evening here, so do take a look and tag yourselves if you were there!
Warmest Diwali wishes to all.
We began working with Magic Breakfast in 2015, supporting them in their goal of ending hunger as a barrier to education in the UK. Over the years, we’ve developed lasting and loyal friendships with the incredible team and their partner schools. This month, we celebrate reaching the milestone of donating 10 million meals to hungry children in partnership with Magic Breakfast and Akshaya Patra. Magic Breakfast’s Head of Schools, Rachael Anderson, has kindly taken the time to reflect on the last six years of our work together, as well as sharing her thoughts on the profound impact the past twelve months have had.
Since 2015, for every Dishoom meal you’ve enjoyed (whether in the cafés, via delivery, or as a meal kit), we’ve donated a meal to a child that might otherwise go hungry. A meal for a meal. This month, as we reached the milestone of donating 10 million meals, we had occasion to catch up with our dear friends and long-term charity partners, Magic Breakfast and Akshaya Patra. The work both charities do to end hunger as a barrier to education is simply incredible and we’re extremely proud to be able to support them and the communities they serve in the UK and India, respectively. We kindly invite you to take a moment to hear their reflections on our partnership and on the impact of the very important work they do.
Uttapam are a fluffy savoury dosa, made with rice. They're usually enjoyed with savoury toppings but we particularly like ours with lashings of jaggery syrup and a thick, strained yoghurt. Chef Naved has shared his recipe for making an extra fluffy stack at home.
Our Old-Fashioned bottled cocktail takes its name from the Permit Room bar, found in every Dishoom and so named after the official term for all Bombay drinking establishments, in which, according to the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, only permit-holders may consume alcohol. Herein, liquor can be sold and imbibed, but only for the goodness of one’s health.
Though the doors of the Permit Room are closed for now, you can still enjoy our tipples in bottled form at home. Follow our lead to achieve the perfect pour, and transport yourself back to a cosy corner of the bar.