In the second of the iGlobal? Eat Out to Help Out Series, we take a tour of another popular Indian restaurant chain in London Rasa as it prepares to come out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Award-winning Chef Das Sreedharan grew up in a small village near Cochin, Kerala, on the lush, spice-rich south west tip of India. He founded the Rasa chain of restaurants in the UK in 1994 with a vision to bring the authentic taste of South Indian and Kerala cuisine to Britain.
Keeping the magic and tradition of home cooking alive, Rasa was born out of Das? childhood memories helping his mother manage the family vegetable plot as she cooked for the family with great affection and devotion.
Over the past 26 years, Rasa has lived up to this ethos and gone on to win several awards and twice bagged the title of Time Out Best Vegetarian restaurant.
Food is the greatest companion for all of us and it can help us move forward, says Das.
And since closing its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he decided to use the power of his spices through take-away services.
Das believes the healing touch associated with Indian cuisine, both for the mind and the body, are fairly well known now. And for him, it is one of the core beliefs at Rasa that food is profoundly linked to everything important in life and one's health and wellbeing.
And since the social distancing rules came into force, Das has been using his time to both cook and send messages of healing and positivity through his podcast channel. This offers a glimpse at food made with the finest and natural ingredients, cooked with love and care and accompanied by some wise words.