Rasoi’s charitable trust continues support of their Indian based projects

The entrepreneurial family behind two of Wales’ award winning Indian restaurants have quietly been raising and donating a six figure sum of money to support social projects through their charitable trust in Northern India.

Jas Kular, co-owner of Rasoi comments, “We have been involved in developing projects in the Punjab region of India for a number of years. Following one of our visits to the region we noticed that the educational provision and the access to basis health services were lacking. So as a family we decided to set up a charitable trust and commence work on two projects. Firstly, giving young children the opportunity to start & complete their education. Secondly, addressing the lack of professional eye care services in this region.

Our education project sees us support over 75 children to complete their education. From the age of 4 years through to either they leave high school and find a job or go onto higher education, we cover the expense of their tuition fees, providing a daily lunch, uniforms, stationery and any other items that are required to complete their studies.

We receive so many stories about the past students and how their lives are progressing. Pupils have gone on to work in hospitals, offices, hotels, department stores and also completing apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector. As a family we are extremely proud of their achievements and seeing how we can make such a difference to their lives is the most rewarding part of this.

We visit India twice a year to help co-ordinate this project and we hope to support over 100 children through their education by the end of this year.”

“The second project to based around eye care and general healthcare for people who do not have easy access or can not afford this essential service. They do not have an NHS type of organisation where treatment is free at the point of delivery and sometimes what provision is available is extremely expensive and hundreds of miles away.

So we set up a mobile eye clinic that travels to the remote areas of the Punjab and provide free eye tests to all members of the community. These clinics have been extremely popular, with over 150 people attending our last event in one day alone.

Following an eye test, if the optometrist identifies that someone requires glasses, then we will provide these free of charge. If a more serious condition is identified then we have the provision to transport an individual to a regional hospital and whatever the procedure is, we will cover this cost. Secondly, if a resident requires more serious surgery for an unrelated condition, then we have a hospital situated only 2km from the border of Indian and Pakistan, where again, we will provide this care free of charge to the individual. We will make sure they also return home safely after their period of convalescence.”

Kullar concludes, “We are committed as a family to continue these projects and we want to help fund projects that allow people to become educated, remain healthily and to be given career opportunities, things that we take for granted in the UK.

It’s the smiling happy faces that make this all worthwhile”

Meet our Tandoori Chef, Raghubeer from Rasoi Waterfront

At Rasoi our staff are the key ingredients to the success of the restaurant and our Tandoori Chef, Raghubeer Rana is one of most experienced.

Raghubeer has spent over 20 years perfecting his skills that produce Rasoi’s delicious food.

So lets get to know Raghubeer a little better and try to understand what make him “tick”.

Why did you choose the hospitality industry as a career?

Cooking has been my passion for over 20 years and with other key members of my family being in the industry, it seemed a natural step to take. My older brother has worked in the industry and seeing his career develop, I thought it would be something I would like to do also.

Where did you work before coming to Swansea?

I worked in a busy Indian restaurant in Leicester called Indigo for a number of years and Rasoi has been my home for over five years now. As part of my interview at Rasoi I had to cook a number of dishes, including our famous lamb chops, a mixed grill and a fish tikka dish. I think Jas and Suki were very impressed, as they offered me the job on the spot.

Who has been the greatest influencers in your life?

Again I have to say my brother, he has been the greatest role model, he works very hard for our family and I’ve always looked up to him.

From a cookery perspective I really admire Sanjeev Kapoor. If you haven’t heard of him, he is a world-renowned Indian chef, who appears on a lot on television shows and is a very successful entrepreneur. I have a number of his cookery books and love his style of modern and traditional cuisine, a real fusion. Maybe that’s why I like his cooking so much, as it’s similar to the way we do things here at Rasoi.

What’s your favourite place in Swansea?

There’s nothing better than sitting on the beach with an ice cream after a long walk.  Looking over from SA1 to Mumbles head is so beautiful.

What sport do you like to watch, football, rugby or cricket?

How can you ask an Indian that question!! Cricket of course. I watch it all the time when I’m not working.  MS Dhoni is my favourite player of all time, he captained the side for years and I think he is the best Indian player of all time.

What’s the best Welsh ingredients you cook with?

Welsh lamb is one of my favourite ingredient, it’s so tasty and tender when cooked well.  I enjoy making Rasoi’s secret blend of Garam Masala and I also use it at home.

It reminds me of dishes we used to make during my childhood.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Another favourite dish from my childhood, which I make regularly is a spicy lamb curry, with plain boiled rice and some salad. It’s simple food, but once the lamb has been marinating in the spices overnight, there’s nothing better.

I also make lots of Chinese food, chill chicken and fried noodles is one of my specialities.

I do like a Kingfisher beer, but the UK version is a lot weaker than the one back home. So beware if you ever go to India, don’t drink too many!!

What’s your favourite dish on the current Rasoi menu?

Like so many other people, I have to say the tandoori lamb chops, because I make them everyday for customers. I love how they are still so juicy after cooking and the skin is crispy.

Do you have many friends in Swansea?

Yes I do and lots of work colleagues. We all socialise when not working in the restaurant. My brother lives in the UK, so I see him quite often.

Do you have any past times?

I enjoy walking and exploring Swansea and Gower, especially in the good weather. Also I do watch lots of sport on the television, especially the cricket!

Where have you been or worked that made you go “Wow”?

I have to say where I grew up, in Dehradun in the northern part of India. The mountains are so beautiful. Maybe that’s why I feel at home in Wales, the areas are very similar.

They may not be glamorous, by the food is amazing at the roadside restaurants in the mountains outside of Dehradun. They’re traditional places, inexpensive homemade food, but so tasty.

Thanks Raghubeer. Continue reading “Meet our Tandoori Chef, Raghubeer from Rasoi Waterfront”

Meet our Restaurant Manager at Rasoi Indian Kitchen – Silviu Stanciu

At Rasoi our staff are the key ingredients to the success of the restaurant and leading the team at Rasoi Indian Kitchen is Silviu Stanciu our manager of three years.

When you meet Silviu you can see within minutes that he is well-suited to this role and his drive to give each diner the “Rasoi experience” shows through.

So lets get to know Silviu a little better and try to understand what make him “tick”.

 

Why did you choose the hospitality industry as a career?

I’ve always enjoyed working with people and an opportunity came available at home to start working in a restaurant. Years later I still enjoy working in this industry and I have been able to travel and experience other cultures and countries due to it. I’ve worked here at Pontlliw for three years, I worked for a year as a waiter, then was promoted to Restaurant Manager.

Where did you work before coming to Swansea?

I worked in a tourist resort about 150 miles from home called Constanta in Romania. It’s a very pretty city on the Black Sea, with lots of history and a huge port. I managed a very busy Italian Restaurant called Sabroso. I also worked in a seafood restaurant in the same resort.

Who has been the greatest influencers in your life?

Or course, my family, their faith and support in me have allowed me to achieve everything I have.

Also the owners of Rasoi, Jas and Suki, gave me this opportunity to run the restaurant and knowing that I have their support is key.

What’s your favourite place in Swansea?

I love Swansea Bay, the sweep of the bay reminds me of some of the coastal towns at home in Romania. When I do have some time off, I visit Rhossili Bay and Worm’s Head. I can loose myself walking across the beach, the scenery is very special. I’ve even walked out to the tip of the worm!

What sport do you like to watch, football, rugby or cricket?

Football of course, with the world cup on television now, I have to record a lot of the matches and watch them after service. Back home I support the national Romanian team. I’m very disappointed that they didn’t make the world cup finals, which I’m sure everybody else feels the same about Wales.

My club side is Steaua Bucuresti, I haven’t seen them play live for a few seasons, but I’ve watched the Swans twice this year. I also support Manchester United, so when they play the Swans, I don’t know who to support! We won’t have that problem next season.

What’s the best Welsh ingredients you cook with?

I enjoy using wine in my cooking, Glyndwr wine from a vineyard near Cowbridge is good. I’m looking forward to visiting there soon.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

We eat a lot of pork in Romania, so I have to say my mother’s pork and vegetables. It’s like the UK’s roast Sunday lunch, a tradition that you can’t do without.

But my mother’s chicken soup and homemade chocolate cake are also my favourites.

I do enjoy a Romania beer called Ciuc. You can buy it in the UK and it reminds me of home.

When I cook for myself, I do love a steak with sautéed potatoes and a glass of red wine.

What’s your favourite dish on the current Rasoi menu?

Tandoori Lamb Chops with the current wine of the month – An Italian red called San Giorgio, Montepulciano D’abruzzo Venezie.

Have you any Romania friends in Swansea?

Yes I do, my brother now lives in Swansea, so I have part of my family here. I have a great group of Romanian friends living nearby and we spend a lot of time together on the beach or enjoying the bars on Wind Street.

Do you have any past times?

I think you can tell I’m football crazy, I played for years in my local team back home with my brother. I have played a lot of handball and tennis in the past. I think I need to join a five-a-side team here in Swansea, I miss playing a lot.

Where have you been or worked that made you go “Wow”?

I visited Athens on holiday two weeks ago and stayed at a retreat and spa. The place was fantastic, palm trees on the beach and superb facilities. A great place to unwind and relax.

 

Thanks Silviu.

Voting now open for 2018’s Swansea Life Awards

It’s that time of year again for Swansea’s prestigious red carpet event – the Swansea Life Awards 2018.

Voting has now opened, so if you have enjoyed a visit this year to Rasoi Waterfront or Rasoi Indian Kitchen, please take a minute to vote for us in the restaurant category by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/slawards18.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff who work tirelessly each day to give every diner the Rasoi experience.  We could not do it without you.

For everyone who votes for us, thank you, we really do appreciate your support.

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Visit us Wales’ largest wedding fayre this weekend

This weekend sees The Welsh National Wedding Fayre come to Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Rasoi Catering, our sister business will be exhibiting on both Saturday and Sunday at this FREE entry event.

So if you’re planning your big day why not book a FREE taster menu session for two at one of our restaurants, where we can demonstrate how our food can reflect your theme and help create a perfect event?

If you are planning your big day and want a celebration with a difference or require an evening buffet we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can bring the Rasoi touch to your special day. We work alongside the key venues across the region to deliver our carefully crafted menus which are prepared by our award winning chefs.

If your event is in 2018, don’t worry as we still have certain dates available and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements.

Ten days until Father’s Day. It’s only around the corner!

Join us at Rasoi Waterfront or Rasoi Indian Kitchen on 17th June to celebrate Father Day’s.

Every dad who joins us on the day will receive a FREE Cobra beer.

Every dad is special in his own way, whether they like a spicy Chicken Madras, a traditional Lamb Balti or he likes to nibble on Rasoi’s famous Lamb Chops, there’s something for everyone.  If there’s going to be little ones in your party, don’t worry we have a children’s menu and are more than happy to find something they like.

It’s going to be a busy day for us so booking is essential.

Pupils flock to SA1’s Rasoi’s Waterfront

Pupils and staff from Grange Primary, West Cross, Swansea had an enlightening visit to the award winning Rasoi Waterfront restaurant at SA1’s J Shed recently.

Owner’s Jas & Suki Kullar welcomed the visitors to the prestigious waterfront restaurant with a fun filled programme for the Year 4 pupils to enjoy.  This included, food and drink cookery demonstrations, brief talks on the history of certain Indian foods, whilst also seeing how a busy restaurant operates.  The most popular part of the day was the making of the items previously demonstrated, the first being a traditional naan bread.  Pupils made two breads which could be filled with various tasty ingredients, included keema meat, garlic, coriander and coconut.   The second item made by each pupil was an Indian yogurt based fruit drink called a Lassi, using strawberries, raspberries or a mango. 

Each item produced was judged by Rasoi’s head chef and restaurant manager, with the top three in each category wining a trophy for first prize and a medal for second and third places.  Competition was fierce, but no one went home empty handed, with each pupil receiving a voucher to return back to the restaurant for a free meal. 

The teaching staff from Grange, Mrs Gully, Miss Maskell and Mr Booth even had a go at making these items, but none of these made it through to the judging.

The visit culminated with twenty-eight Year 4 pupils leaving the restaurant with no appetite for their school lunches on their return, but with smiles all round. 

Jas Kullar, commented, “It was such a pleasure to welcome these pupils from Grange Primary to our restaurant.  We hoped they learnt a lot about Indian cookery, how to use quality ingredients and best of all, how good it tastes.  After a brief demonstration how to make these two popular dishes, we were all very impressed with the quality of items being produced by the children.  Their enthusiasm and attention to detail was great to see.

Every pupil was a credit to the school and their parents.

If any of them need a job in the future, please come back and see us, but it might be quiet some time until this happens.”

Kiss on the lips

Everyone can have a ‘Kiss on the lips’ this Valentines Day at Rasoi. We’ve come up with the perfect love potion to make sure everyone, even the singletons amongst us, gets a piece of the action.

Our brand new ‘Kiss on the lips’ cocktail combines Prosecco, Cointreau and Vodka.
To give this cocktail a real punch right from the start. Mixed in with orange juice and Grenadine the fruity flavours will have you falling in love over and over again.

Kiss on the Lips

To finish, off the edge of the glass is covered with luscious red sugar to give every mouthful the perfect sweetness.

So whether you’re loved up this year or still searching for that special someone come and try ‘Kiss on the lips’ and see the magic it can work for you!