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Sikh Sanjog's Punjab'n de Rasoi has been bringing the taste of the Punjab to Leith for nearly a year now. The café is a social enterprise set up by Leith project, Sikh Sanjog and is a labour of love for Trishna Singh, of Sikh Sanjog who, with others, has worked for years to make her dream a reality.

The Punjabi Women's Café has already made a name for itself serving lunches in venues such as Doctor Bell's and the Acorn Centre; it aims to create a virtuous circle - to bring authentic Punjabi cooking to Leith, at great prices, while giving young Sikh and other BME women accredited training for work.

Woman in a blue apron rolling out  a bread mix Woman standing out side the orange and blue frontage with the sign "PUNJAB'N DE RASOI Social Enterprise Community Cafe Left <<<: Shaani in the kitchen, preparing bhajis.
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Trisha Singh outside the cafe near the foot of Leith Walk.

The Cafe is now open - for takeaway or sit down - Wednesday through Saturday, from 11:00am to 8:00pm, and is available for meetings and private hire on Mondays and Tuesdays.

There's a range of curries, breads, chutnies and starters on offer, with the thali a celebrated treat.
Charan Gill looking and three women talking about the plaque comemmorating the opening of the cafe

^^^ Above: Charan Gill and his wife hearing about Punjab'n de Rasoi from Trishna Singh and a Board member.

Charan Gill Glasgow's Secret Millionaire, and curry master, has been mentoring and supporting the café from the very beginning. The café is looking to build a thriving business. Charan Gill and his wife dropped by in December, and sat for an hour with Sikh Sanjog board members, listening to their concerns and making suggestions. As he enjoyed his thali, he remarked with enthusiasm, "You won't find anything like this in any other restaurant".

A young woman and man seated at a table smiling at an infant in a high chair Two women in orange present Trishna with flowers and other gifts Left <<<: A young family enjoys a meal.
Right & below >>>: Trishna receives gifts from some of the women the Cafe has helped and receives applause as she talks about the vision for Punjab'n de Rasoi.
Eight women smiling and applauding Trishna Singh (centre)

^^^ Above: Trishna Singh speaking at the launch of the Sikh Women's Cafe.

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Women and men stand chatting in the cafe area