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South Asian heritage month runs from the 18th July – 17th August and seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, and histories. In particular, those histories intertwined with the UK and South Asian communities.

In keeping with this, we are shining a light on four of our members who are female entrepreneurs of South Asian heritage.

Monisha Bharadwaj, Cooking with Monisha

Chef Monisha Bharadwaj is an award-winning author, food historian and a food writer based in London, UK. She started ‘Cooking With Monisha’, situated in West London, in 2004. Today Monisha runs a successful cookery school, which attracts home cooks, and chefs who wish to learn simply authentic Indian cooking.

Monisha’s favourite food is home-style Indian vegetarian food.

For more information, you can visit Monisha’s website.

Uma Satkunam, Miss Tea Smith

Born in Sri Lanka, London is home for Uma, and having forged a rewarding career in financial services, her dream of owning and cultivating her own Tea House stayed with her. The dream grew into a goal, and Uma left her old life behind and Miss Tea Smith was born.

Sourcing teas from all over Sri Lanka – from the cool mountains to the hot and abundant plains. The terroir of these different regions naturally leads itself to blending teas with subtle and fuller flavours. Miss Tea Smith supplies a range of teas into hospitality and offers home delivery.

Uma’s favourite food is Sri Lankan Mutton Rolls.

Tea from Miss Tea Smiths are orderable online.

Mursal Saiq, Cue Point

Mursal is the co-founder of British Afghan Fusion Bbq catering company Cue Point. Mursal’s Afghan heritage runs throughout the company from the branding through to the menus. Cue point aims to create an all-inclusive, multi-sensory barbecue experience. 

Mursal’s favourite food is Mantu, which is Afghan dumplings with minced meat, a delicious savoury tomato-based sauce and yoghurt on the top.

Cue Point at home is now available nationwide.

Bharti Radix, Bloomsyard

Bharti has spent over 15 years working in the world of hospitality for a number of leading brands She decided to leave this all behind and follow her heart to launch BloomsYard.

BloomsYard is an all-day social hub, an opportunity to bring people together for the shared love of all things natural and delicious… specially selected freshly roasted coffee, high-quality matcha, refreshing wellbeing teas and wonderful wine.

Bharti could eat traditional chicken curry with fluffy basmati rice every day!

For more information you can visit the Bloomsyard website

More information on South Asian Heritage month can be read here.