Our Eid Party

For us and many of our team members, Eid is a really happy, special day; a day where people come together with friends and family and celebrate joyfully with food  – lots and lots of food!

In this spirit, we bring together people from all cultures, faiths and persuasions at our Eid celebrations, alongside our good friends at Dinerama. Throughout the evening we enjoy live performances and spoken word from top talents within the Islamic community, mehndi, mouth-watering (halal) street food and of course, a massive Dishoom Biryani.

It's always an evening of openness, tolerance and togetherness, where Muslims and non-Muslims come together and celebrate with joyful abandon.

KIND WORDS FROM KIND PEOPLE ABOUT OUR EID CELEBRATIONS
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“Super cute Eid celebration event and a reminder of why London is the coolest city.”

Degs of Biryani; ice cream everywhere and the odd vegetable too (okra, fried); an easy, inclusive space where old, young and even younger came together in picture-perfect moments; spoken word; a battalion of face-painted children walking around; mehndi; and wave-upon-wave of Qawwali by Chand Ali Khaan – under the stars, praising the heavens. Glorious. Thank you Dishoom, you mad, thoughtful geniuses, you.”

“A biggest thank you to @Dishoom for hosting this stunning evening celebrating culture and diversity, and thank you to all the special guests for your divine love and support. What an honour – the night was electric. Can’t wait for the next one.”

Once again, we’d like to say a huge thanks to our awesome performers; Chand Ali Khan and his Qawwali group; Fahad Khalid; DJ Sharnita; Sukina Douglas; Jamal Mehmood; Asma Elbadawi; Zia Ahmed and Lamyaa Hanchaoui. You’re true talents.

We captured the magical evening to share with all those that couldn’t make it. And if you were there… spot yourself.

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How to make Dishoom Chai with your Naan Roll 'at-home' cookery kit

There are many varieties of Chai. The kind we make at Dishoom is the sort of spicy, sweet chai you will find at Bombay's innumerable tapris (street stalls), normally poured with great dexterity and skill from arm's length into a small, stout glass. The powerful concoction of milk, sugar and caffeine is what keeps the city running.

Reflections from Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO at Akshaya Patra UK

We began working with the Akshaya Patra Foundation in 2015, supporting them in their goal of ending hunger as a barrier to education in India. Over the years, we’ve developed lasting friendships with the incredible team and had the sincere privilege of visiting many of the schools and communities they serve in India. Last month, we celebrated reaching the milestone of donating 10 million meals to hungry children with Magic Breakfast and Akshaya Patra through our meal for a meal partnership. Akshaya Patra’s CEO and Trustee, Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, kindly took the time to reflect on the impact of the foundation’s life-changing work.

Thoughts from Rachael Anderson, Head of Schools at Magic Breakfast

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.

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10 million meals for children

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.