As part of #NationalVegetarianWeek we are delighted to share with you one of Tommy Miah's fantastic vegetarian recipes.
Not only is Tommy Miah a Bangladeshi-born British chef and owner of the Raj restaurant in Edinburgh but he is also ambassador of The Sreepur Village charity.
Tommy Miah founded the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition, which attracts 5000 entrants from around the world and in doing so promotes innovation and quality in Indian cooking as well as an opportunity to raise funds for The Sreepur Village.
Tommy Miah has many achievements which include producing the world's largest curry enough to feed 10,000, delivering a curry lunch-box to 10 Downing Street for John Major's 50th birthday, and the most recent one was in 2017, when he received an MBE for his services to the hospitality industry and charity.
Tommy Miah's 35-year contribution to The Sreepur Village charity has helped us raise awareness for all the vulnerable women and children in our village in rural Bangladesh. Currently, The Sreepur Village provides shelter, education, life-skills, training and a health clinic for over 200 mothers and 500 children from some of Bangladesh's most deprived communities. Raising awareness and funds for these most vulnerable people will help them to gain the confidence and skills needed for living independently in today's challenging world.
Tommy Miah’s Cauli Balti Recipe:
1 Bay leaf
2 Cardamoms, ground
3 Large onions, finely chopped
1tsp Garlic clove, finely chopped
1 Small tin of peeled tomatoes
½ tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander, ground
½ tsp cumin, ground
2 green chilis, chopped length ways
Salt, to taste
2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
The 15th August is a significant day in Bangladesh as it is also National Mourning Day. In the Sreepur Village, the day's activities commenced with the students performing poetry and then gifts were distributed amongst all the children.
On Monday the #SwimSafe schemes commenced once again in The Sreepur Village. They are run by a team from the CIPRB (Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh) who, along with assistance from the British RNLI, have devised learn to swim schemes that are run in both rural and urban areas in Bangladesh