How often do you cook a curry at home and invite your friends over? If your answer is ‘never’, or ‘not as often as I’d like’, then there is a wonderful reason why you should in the month of June.
Everyone knows that spices and Indian food taste great when the weather is chilly and you want something warming to fill your tummy. For many years now I have been writing recipes for the summer months encouraging people to try out new flavours for BBQ season. Judging by the weather in the UK over the last few weeks it doesn’t look like we need to fire up the barbie just yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t cook these Indian Summer recipes indoors.
A few years ago I came across a wonderful charity called Find Your Feet. They have been working hard for over 50 years to raise vital funds for the poor communities in India and Africa. Instead of just sending the money overseas, they invest the money they raise to educate villages and communities, teaching them skills to help them work themselves out of poverty.
For the last few years they have run a campaign called Curry for Change. During the month of June you should think about cooking a curry and inviting your friends and family over, asking them to donate, and all goes to charity. Don’t worry about what to cook – I have given them some wonderful recipes, and to make everything even easier you don’t even need to pop out and buy the spices for them. Fudco have kindly offered to send you some when you sign up for the information pack. Perfect! There is also a chance to win a cooking masterclass with me where I will take you through how to cook your favourite Indian dishes. So look out for them in the press as loads of people are getting involved.
If eating in isn’t your thing then there are some fantastic London Indian restaurants that are taking part in the campaign too, and they have kindly offered to donate part of their bill during this time for their worthy cause.
So there really isn’t any excuse not to have your own Indian Summer dinner party. There are loads of recipes in my Recipes section to get you started, and if you really don’t want to stay in and cook then you can always eat out at one of the restaurants that are supporting Curry For Change, and you will still be able to make a difference to someone’s life.
Their goal is simple ‘To enable poor rural families to grow enough food so they don’t have to go hungry, to strengthen their voice so they can speak out against injustice and to earn enough money so they can find their feet.‘
So what day are you hosting your own Curry for Change night?…