Online cooking classes are now more popular than ever. The pandemic has impacted many industries, including restaurants and the food industry. Businesses have luckily adapted and instead of customers coming to them – they came to the customers. The result: a big rise in virtual cooking classes.
You don’t need to leave your home to learn how to cook – online cooking classes can teach you everything you need to know. They can also help you save money during a period of high inflation or a time of financial stress.
Banjaraa’s founder Ajay explains how he’s helping his online cooking course attendees to make the most out of their budgets:
Sounds good, right?
You’re probably now wondering if this is a course for you?
Let’s have a look at the variety of attendees that took part in my cooking lessons already.
We had the real pleasure to teach:
Here at Banjaraa, we pride ourselves in creating bespoke cooking lessons to teach various batch cooking recipes – from making a simple batch of Indian base masala to making chicken patties, lamb koftas, meatballs or simple Aloo tikkis and vegan Chickpea curries. You name it! We’ll make the cooking lessons aWeSoMe!
But don’t just take our word for it – check out what our clients thought about the course:
Food is often used as a means of retaining one’s cultural identity. In the current, post-pandemic environment, more and more employers are refocusing efforts around creating a safe and happy work environment for their teams, with a focus on shared food experiences.
‘When looking at their overall employee benefits and office perks, more than a third of employees (38%) rank office food as one of their top three work perks, alongside vacation time and professional development’ – a recent survey has revealed.
In addition to that, employees are now more health-conscious than ever:
Some of the questions that the facilities managers working there can be asking themselves are:
Why not let Banjaraa chefs cook in your kitchen on an ad hoc basis and create bespoke ‘Indian-inspired’ breakfast, lunch or dinner? Have a look at some of our dishes here.
We’ve got experience in working with our site management customers to determine the right catering solution using their existing kitchen facilities. In the last few months, we have been working closely with a large distribution centre in Peterborough and producing fresh Indian-inspired meals in their kitchens for the diverse workforce.
It’s always important to us to discuss the menu with the facility management, considering the dietary requirements of their staff, including halal, non-halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Thanks to more feedback and reviews, we have updated our menu to reflect this site’s workforce feedback and are pleased to announce that we have now become regular visitors to this site.
We love seeing smiles on the workforce’s faces in the morning and we know what they are thinking while entering the workplace – ‘The lunch is going to be awesome today because Banjaraa is back!’
If that sounds like something you’d like us to do for your employees too – get in touch today!
We are based in Peterborough and if you would like to have a further chat, please email Ajay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07557 793973 if you have any questions at all.
We’d love to bring happy food to your workforce!
There’s probably nothing more exciting for the newly engaged couples than planning the most important day of their lives – the wedding ceremony.
While it’s a big challenge to organise a wedding in general, things get even trickier for mixed couples if one of them has Asian roots.
With over 2300 mixed-couples weddings taking place in the UK every year, the dilemma of what to cater for a wedding or wedding reception isn’t going away.
The most common question our clients are asking themselves is:
‘Do we cater the standard hog roast or BBQ which might not cater to the Asian side of the wedding or do we cater only Asian food which some of the guests probably would not enjoy as they do not like spices?’
Our solution: why not choose a caterer who can accommodate both authentic tastes?
Intrigued? Keep reading…
Imagine a wedding reception where your loved ones are enjoying Indian kathi (roti) rolls with fillings such as chilli paneer, chicken tikka and some delicious lamb seekh koftas. Top it up with traditional burgers, wraps and pies with both meat and vegetarian filling options. Your guests can fill their plates with pakoras, bhajis and samosas. Our traditional Indian buffet includes goodies like butter chicken, chicken masala, lamb keema, jeera rice, aloo mutter paneer and lots more.
Hungry already? Check out our food here.
If your dream wedding is the outdoor tipi-type one – we‘ve got you covered too!
Our tasty food can be served from a converted horsebox to compliment the style and for extra convenience for you and your guests.
But don’t take our word for it!
Listen to what others are saying about their experience with us.
Reshma and Justin had us cater brunch for their wedding guests hosted at a beautiful boutique venue:
‘Today is our first anniversary and we are dreaming about the Banjaraa food truck – so delicious! All our guests still mention how much they loved the food. When we can finally make it back to England we will track you down so we can eat it again!’
Being part of someone’s lifetime memories is what brings us at Banjaraa a lot of joy!
If you’re curious – some examples from the bespoke menu chosen by Reshma and Justin for their special day were:
We love bringing happiness through the food we grew up eating. Our food transports your senses on a journey of home-style Indian cuisine and the newest eating trends.
Banjaraa is about bold authentic flavours both kids and adults will enjoy!
Want aWeSoMe food for your wedding memories?
Does your ceremony have a mix of cultures and you’re feeling stuck when it comes to the menu?
Get in touch today.
We’ll take it from there!
New research from MINTEL has shown that three in five (60%) 16-34s* like experimenting with new cooking trends and ingredients, compared to 51% of UK consumers overall, leading to scratch cooking in the UK increasing.
However, whilst young consumers show a passion for experimental cooking, they appear to be in hot water in the kitchen as many struggle to master the basics.
Two in five (39%) Brits aged 16-34 say it’s hard to know when meat is cooked to a safe temperature, compared to one quarter (26%) of consumers overall, and over one third (37%) of young cooks say they prefer not to handle raw meat when cooking, compared to an average of 27%. What’s more, one third (34%) say it’s hard to get the seasoning right when cooking compared to just 22% overall.
Although the majority of young consumers love to cook, it is deemed too difficult by almost half (46%) of 16-34s who agree that cooking from scratch produces too much washing up, compared to one third (33%) of Brits overall. What’s more, 44% think preparing raw ingredients is a hassle, for example peeling and chopping, up from a national average of 32%.
Anita Winther, Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel, said: “Brits are, on the whole, confident in the kitchen. Most who cook are happy to put meals together using whatever ingredients they have at home and to modify recipes based on whatever is available in the kitchen. However, Britain’s young cooks are lagging behind.
Tutorials, as well as products that provide guidance, should appeal to these less confident cooks and help boost brands’ relevance among this group.”
Whilst there is a generational divide in kitchen skills, Mintel research reveals that there is also a split in how the nation seeks recipe ideas. When looking for inspiration, cooks aged 16-34s are more likely to look online (53%), than to look in a cookbook (37%), while one quarter (24%) of young consumers look for inspiration using recipe apps.
Cooks over the age of 55, however, are more likely to look in cookbooks (49%) than search online (22%) or use an app (11%).
Overall, in the UK friends and family are the biggest source of cooking inspiration. Some 44% of those who cook from scratch or partly from scratch turn to their friends and family for ideas.
“Friends and family are the most common source of recipe and meal ideas for home cooks. This underscores the importance of word of mouth when it comes to new foods, with cooks relying on the experience of people they know to build trust in new products.” Anita continues.
Today, cooking from scratch features on the weekly menu for over nine in 10 (93%) Brits who prepare meals at home, with as many as three in 10 (28%) doing so five times or more per week.
But rather than a chore, it seems for many, cooking is a labour of love. Half (50%) of Brits who cook meals from scratch or partly from scratch say that they do so because they enjoy it, followed by the fact that they have control of what goes into the food (49%) and to save money (47%).
“The majority of Brits find pleasure in cooking. Focusing marketing messages on the enjoyment found in cooking should provide ingredient and meal component brands with a means to tap into this emotional aspect of cooking.” Anita concludes.
FIFTH OF BRITS COOKING FROM SCRATCH
More than a fifth of Brits are now cooking every meal from scratch, compared to just one in eight before the lockdown.
A study of 2,000 adults found more than half have been experimenting and using extra ingredients in their cooking more often since the call to stay at home.
This has led to the nation rediscovering the joys of home cooking, with the average household now spending almost seven hours a week cooking their meals — compared to just six hours previously.
It also emerged one in five have widened their repertoire of recipes since lockdown began and 35 per cent are better at using leftovers to avoid food waste.
The research, which was commissioned by Tesco, also found a quarter of households are spending increased time cooking together, and 33 per cent said mealtimes have become more of an occasion.
As a result, two-fifths enjoy cooking more now than they did before, with 89 per cent vowing to continue making food from scratch once the restrictions are lifted.
Alessandra Bellini, chief customer officer at Tesco, said: “We’ve been celebrating Food Love Stories — the food people love to make, for the people they love — for more than three years.
So, during these uncertain times, it is really encouraging to see people turning to cooking to help bring them closer to family and friends, be that in real life or virtually.
While we may not all be able to physically be together at the moment, many are finding comfort in cooking and we are delighted to see how families are coming together.”
The study also found when it comes to inspiration, 28 per cent said the dishes they cook at home are influenced by their mum, followed by celebrity chefs (12 per cent) and social media (11 per cent).
And 41 per cent use family recipes that have been passed down to them, including classics such as stews and cakes — with women (45 per cent) more likely to do this than men (36 per cent).
Dishes being made from scratch during lockdown are also timeless, with roast chicken, casseroles and spaghetti Bolognese among the top choices.
Sausage and mash, cottage pie and pizza also proved popular.
The shift in cooking styles comes after 37 per cent blamed a lack of time for their reluctance to cook from scratch prior to lockdown, while more than a quarter put it down to having no motivation.
But now, 34 per cent feel relaxed when cooking, a quarter calm and 21 per cent even find it therapeutic.
A sixth of those polled, via OnePoll, believe food is a means of bringing people together — albeit digitally — and more than a tenth have cooked while on a video call with someone to share tips.
More than one in 10 have also enjoyed a virtual ‘meal’ — eating at the same time as someone else while on a video call with them.
It also emerged that of those with children at home, 40 per cent said their youngsters have shown an interest in cooking during the lockdown.
A further 46 per cent have even got involved with food prep and more than a third of kids are eating at the dinner table more often than before.
If you’d like to find out more about how I’ve been helping clients in the post-COVID food and drink world, take a look at Food Brand Strategist.
And to explore how I can help you launch a new food idea to capitalise in the growth of scratch cooking, ping an email so we can schedule a call.
Banjaraa would like to feature this interesting article from food brand strategist Eddie Stableford from BrandClock on the rise of cooking from scratch in the UK especially with my online cooking lessons and the short cooking videos (coming soon).
The idea behind the Banjaraa Indian inspired food van started when I was running Snacks by AJ, an Indian comfort food start-up, serving local Peterborough homes and businesses.
In 2016, I took a stall at my kids’ school summer fete and sold 100 artisan handmade lamb samosas in about 20 minutes. The rest is history. I formed a Facebook private page and invited people to join who had tasted my handmade food. The page quickly gained a following of about 450 as the raving fans added their friends and family. Local businesses started ordering our snacks for their office meetings and we discovered there is a demand for authentic Indian street food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I took part in various local festivals in 2017 making fresh-to-order wraps with homestyle fillings, fresh salad and handmade chutneys. The festivals and Christmas fayres were a hit with Bretton selling more than 120 wraps in under 3 hours (we ran out of wraps!). I had 14 event bookings for our food in 2018.
I got thinking about a quirky food truck. I found what I was looking for in Colchester – a fully-fitted catering horsebox. It took me less than an hour to decide that this was to be the next step in my food journey.
Hence, Banjaraa was created.
What does Banjaraa mean? (pronounced – Bun-Ja-Raa)
Banjaraa means an 'Indian wanderer'. It so resonates with me and what I cook. It’s all about making simple, authentic food with Indian flavours – some in traditional form and others tweaked from my worldly travels over the last 20 years.
A Peterborough-based food truck owner who lost most of his catering business due to lockdown is now offering online cookery classes – teaching people how to make authentic Indian dishes.
Ajay Sabharwal, 47, whose company trades as Banjaraa, is on a mission to help busy households to make and repurpose Indian-inspired cuisine. In addition, Ajay is running ‘free from’-style cooking courses for people seeking to avoid certain allergens.
“When my outdoor catering business became unviable due to Covid restrictions, I was in survival mode and launched a Crowdfunding campaign – offering prepaid gift vouchers in addition to other rewards to people who backed me. One of these rewards was a two-hour online cookery lesson.
The response was amazing, with many people wanting to learn how to make authentic Indian curry base masala and more,” said Ajay. “This gave me the confidence to get my online cookery classes off the ground. In these unprecedented times, pivoting my business in a new, exciting direction is helping me to stay afloat and is opening a whole new online teaching world.
‘I am already looking into other formats of one-to-one and group Zoom sessions, as well as launching a website with pre-recorded cooking lessons led by me. I never knew I had this talent too, which I would enjoy so much!”
For more info on our online indian cooking course, please contact Ajay Sabharwal on email@example.com or visit: Banjaraa Online Indian Cooking Course
Our Indian inspired food served from a converted horsebox is both quirky and interesting. The Banjaraa horsebox is ideal for festivals, corporate events, and weddings, to name but a few.
As a passionate foodie, I see it as my duty to keep my friends and followers informed of the exciting developments here at Banjaraa. This week, we are sharing news of the imminent launch of our signature Coriander & Mint Relish. This incredibly versatile product can be used as a dip, a marinade, or even a curry base ingredient. But first, let’s talk a bit about the history of coriander and mint in the scope of authentic Indian cooking.
The History of Coriander and Mint in Indian Cooking
When it comes to rich culinary history, India is one of the first on the list. With its unmistakable and intense flavours travelling across the globe, Indian food is immediately recognisable anywhere you go. Home of the chutney, India is a country obsessed with delivering an eating experience that is enhanced by flavours that toy with the senses. The coriander and mint relish created at Banjaraa is a twisted edition based on a traditional Punjabi homemade recipe, and it too is made with love.
It is said that the original coriander and mint chutney recipe derives from the Northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. It has become world-famous as a non-negotiable accompaniment to Indian snacks (such as pakoras, popadoms and bhajis), and as the perfect attribute to curries. In all honesty, coriander and mint as a relish or chutney is one of the most versatilse and delicious condiments to have available.
Yoghurt and Coriander & Mint Relish
Traditionally, yogurt is not part of the recipe – but it is recommended as an ingredient for dip or marinade recipes alongside coriander and mint relish. Yogurt adds a whole new dimension of flavour to meals that is complimented by a good quality coriander and mint relish – from tikka masalas to sandwiches!
A major bonus of the Banjaraa Coriander & Mint Relish is how well it combines with yogurt to add the final touch to marinades, dips and sauces alike. While the relish alone can keep up to a year in the fridge, yogurt doesn’t hold a similar lifespan. As such, it’s more convenient to have the relish available for ad hoc use with yogurt – as and when the situation calls for it. Just make sure you add a pinch of salt before you serve it.
Using the Banjaraa Coriander & Mint Relish
The heartwarming, mouthwatering flavours of the Banjaraa Coriander & Mint Relish makes it the perfect attribute to dips, marinades or as a game-changing ingredient in a masala curry base.
Coriander & Mit Dip
Incorporate a a tablespoon (or 2) of relish with 5 – 6 tablespoons of natural yogurt to enjoy with your favourite Indian snacks.
Coriander & Mit Marinade
Combine a couple of tablespoons of relish with yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, and ground traditional Indian spices (such as cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cumin, nutmeg and mustard seeds). Marinade the meat or alternative for a few hours before BBQ’ing, grilling or oven-cooking.
Use the Relish in a Masala Curry Base
There are plenty of masala curry base recipes on the we, but the difference between a good one and a great one is the addition of Banjaraa’s Coriander & Mint Relish. Add a spoon or two at the same time as the garlic and ginger for an enhanced flavour.
In fact, if you would like tuition into the authentic techniques and methodologies involved in Indian cooking, why not book on to a Banjaraa Cooking Course with your host, Ajay?
Keep an Eye out for the Banjarra Coriander & Mint Relish
Banjaraa manufactures it’s relish in small batches in the UK, making every jar totally unique but always packed with a punch. Soon, we will be creating a video to show you how to use this versatile relish. It also gives you a chance to get to know us!
Keep an eye on our website, our social, and in your emails (subscribe today!) for the launch of the Banjaraa Coriander & Mint Relish in the next few weeks – we hope you are as excited as we are.
Here’s something to salivate on – one jar of relish will cost £4.60, and as a launch offer, we will be offering three jars of relish for £12 with FREE delivery in the Peterborough area. It will make a fantastic Christmas stocking filler for the foodie(s) in your life.
If you are a stockist, an online or local deli, garden centre or butcher, drop us a line! We would love to talk to you about distribution of our delicious coriander and mint relish.
Hope you are all staying safe. Looks like a lot of us will be staying put in the country. The ‘support local’ is definitely working. As a business we have to go out and let the customers know if and how are we following govt. guidelines and we ‘need’ to communicate and let the customers know that we are operating and truly appreciate their business
Banjaraa for one is truly grateful for the local support.
Here are some of the updates from the past month or so:
If anyone would like something different for your party, event and/or wedding – do email Ajay on firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
Thank you for being a part of our journey and see you soon with more updates!
Stay safe Banjaraas!
Apologies for not being able to update straight after the crowdfunder deadline date but here are some more updates from us:
Mind you Ajay has to stop tasting his food – the social pictures show he has put on some weight but then would you trust a skinny chef? (as they say!) J J.
We asked the Little Marketing Company to plan and support the marketing of our crowdfunding campaign during the lockdown. From which we have received incredible coverage and increased our brand awareness as a result of the six-week campaign.
We offer Awesome Indian Inspired wraps for Corporate & Event Catering from a Converted Horsebox. The business was created from a desire to share authentic Indian food that I always cooked for my family and friends—using simple with bold flavours, an awesome home-made taste and with no colouring.
In 3 years, I have grown Banjaraa from limited home delivery to a quirky horsebox. In 2019 through just sheer hard work and serving one awesome wrap at a time, I landed many key events from Burghley House Fine Food market to Oundle market. 2020 was due to be our best year with event bookings every weekend throughout the summer. With the lockdown, we were forced to close the business. As a result, we had no income for the unforeseeable future while in lockdown.
To see through these uncertain times, we launched a crowdfunding campaign called ‘Pay It Forward’ where people can buy services to use in the future. There were ten different rewards from donations, to corporate events, to private events, to vouchers to spend at public events, to virtual cooking lessons, with rewards at various prices from £5 up to £1000 something available for everyone.
I asked the Little Marketing Company to run a marketing campaign which included creating and running the campaign over the six weeks. This included: Social media plan and scheduling of posts, created social media ecards/tiles for each reward and thank you’s for supporters, Blog, Press release, PDF brochure and flyer, Emails to customers and leads, weekly update emails and update the website.
Raising over £2000 and increasing brand awareness throughout the six weeks, with 35 rewards purchased. I now feel more confident in pushing the business forward and raising my profile. We received some great local PR coverage, and social media stats increased massively over the six weeks. With an 82% increase in page views, a 164% increase in post reach, 106% increase in post engagement and 800% increase in actions.
“I loved working with Ajay and supporting him with his ‘Pay it Forward’ marketing campaign over the six weeks. Coming up with the plans, to preparing the marketing materials to implement and seeing it through. It’s to receive feedback from a client saying ‘we knew we chose the right company to support us with our campaign’ it just makes it all worthwhile. Thank you, Ajay, and look forward to continuing to work together going forward.” Natalie Brannigan – The Little Marketing Company
Thank you to everyone who has helped us with the campaign so far with buying #payitforward rewards/vouchers. Your likes, shares and comments have been very encouraging.
Here are some of the stats so far:
Total raised as of today £1010 from 19 supporters. i.e 16% of our target so far.
A few breakdowns so far:
Thank you again to each and every one who has supported us so far xx
Do send us a message if you have any questions at all!
Banjaraa owner Ajay Sabharwal, famous for his orange horsebox at local events has been forced to close his business during the lockdown. Along with many other event & outside catering businesses, it is heartbreaking to see all the hard work and determination put into their business to be forced to close overnight and many of their summer events cancelled.
Banjaraa now in its second full year of business was set to have the best year yet, fully booked throughout summer. Events included Burghley fine food markets, St Botolph’s on the green, Baston car show, Bourne festival, Langtoft music festival, Rockingham festival, Oundle food festival, Cambridge festival and private bookings for weddings and corporate events.
Ajay spent many hours researching the Crowdfunding initiative and whether it could work for his business to get him through the lockdown and help towards keeping the company afloat.
Crowdfunder is creating a new way of working for companies with 100% free crowdfunding during the coronavirus crisis as a part of their #payitforward campaign.
Ajay’s solution is to offer great rewards that people can use in the future, including fantastic offers on Banjaraa’s fat boy Indian wraps by rewarding people with savings on the regular price.
Ajay has also come up with a reward which can be used during this lockdown period where he will teach you how to make the perfect masala. There are some great options for prospective private and corporate clients too. Once this is all over, the corporates might want to thank their employees or customers. This is where Banjaraa can step in – bringing their horsebox to the workplace and serving awesome wraps and rice boxes.
Ajay said: “2020 was set to be our biggest year yet. We were fully booked across multiple events throughout the summer and had begun to scout locations for our new permanent base, the Banjaraa deli. The rapid spread and subsequent lockdown due to this crisis have decimated our income stream, and it’s just been heartbreaking! We are not looking for charity, but assistance to get us through this uncertain and difficult period. As soon as we are fully operational, we will share with you how we intend to pay forward the kindness we’ve received. This is going to be something extra from us and will involve food.”
So far, Banjaraa has had a great start with over 10% of the target already achieved on day one from his local fans and friends. May be crowdfunding with giving rewards is one of the solutions for small businesses who cannot get help exactly when it is needed and who have slipped through the support available.
Whichever reward people choose will directly contribute to Banjaraa weathering this storm. If people can help in purchasing rewards, this will help Ajay sustain Banjaraa over this period. There is no expiry date on the rewards Banjaraa will be paid forward.
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Please contact Ajay Sabharwal on 07557793973 or email: email@example.com
Banjaraa was created from a desire to share authentic Indian Street food with people. The food Ajay had always cooked for his family and friends. In 3 years, the business has grown from limited home delivery to the quirky horsebox. In 2019 through just sheer hard work and serving one awesome wrap at a time, Ajay landed many key events, including the Burghley House Fine Food market. Additionally, they were nominated by the local community for the Peterborough Small Business Awards, becoming finalists in the Hospitality category.
The first thought that came to my mind when I was viewing the horsebox, when buying, was ‘it is a perfect fit for Burghley House events’. Once we bought it, we executed the whole branding to provide something different, a genuine story so far and with an aim to provide aWeSoMe food!
Once we were ready, it literally took us a couple of emails to convince the Burghley House events team to invite us to their fine food markets (9 days in total spread throughout the year!) It was just like the universe kept opening the doors we had wished for.
Having done the spring and summer fine food markets, we can proudly say it was a great initial thought to work on! The 3 summer trade days were a total sell out! We we then followed up by attending their Christmas fine food market end of November and everyone loved the food!
Burghley House is where our new product ‘Twisted Indian Quiche’ was launched!
Of course, it was first tested on our prime Banjaraa local Hampton tribe – my family and friends. My kids eat the standard Quiche at least once a week and (me being me) trying to twist and make ‘something different’ all the time – we made about 20 Quiche. We sold 14 and had tasters out of the rest.
I think there is a huge market for this… maybe one day!
We will be bringing our quiche to the Christmas markets around the area, for people to enjoy during the holiday season with their friends and family.
Thank you Kara & The Burghley House team! U R aWeSoMe!
This year, we carried out our first wedding catering, for a lovely couple in Nottingham.
Reshma contacted through our website contact form and asked if we were available to cater brunch for her wedding day. We discussed everything in detail via email as she requested certain things a particular way including eco-friendly cutlery, a cold coffee brew for her American friends and mini wraps instead of the large wraps we do. Everything was confirmed and booked over a few emails and we were really excited to be catering our first wedding brunch!
We liaised with the events team at the beautiful Langar Hall in Nottingham regarding arrival times. On the day, we were met Justin (The groom) and the events manager who helped us direct the horsebox to its location.
At 1030AM, as the guests started to arrive we served hot cardamom Indian Chai and the cold coffee brew. We also served mini wrap with a choice the following fillings:
In their own words on our Instagram page:
"Can’t praise you and the food enough, delicious and such a great set up, Ajay you were wonderful, the guests could not get enough of Banjaraa💛 Reshma & Justin😘"
The best part we enjoyed – Playing our part in someone’s lifetime memories.
We just found another niche we would like to continue to serve.
We wish Reshma and Justin a very happy married life x
Mike from Cambridge contacted us for a summer event for his family & friends in early 2019. After some initial consultation, we invited him to do some mystery shopping at one of our festival events. Him and his wife did visit our stall at Raunds festival, ordered a wrap each and came back after 15 mins and confirmed their booking there and then.
For the party, we provided large 12 inch tortillas with a choice of the following fillings:
This is what Mike had to say about us:
Birthday Party in Glebe Way, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9HJ
"Great food, everyone loved it! 5*
Thanks to Ajay and his daughter for the great food and service at our party. He communicated well, was punctual, served delicious food including vegan. Everyone was complimentary about the food and he helped make this such a memorable event. Highly recommended."
Thanks Mike for having us!
Banjaraa is the Indian street food we grew up eating. It’s simple with bold flavours, an awesome homemade taste and no colouring. The kind of food I would feed my children! We serve our food from a converted horsebox. We are available for events, festivals, corporate gigs, weddings and private parties!
The date: 13th May. The time: 8:40AM
A usual morning making sure the kids are ready for school. All done and I open the emails to see this:
“The Peterborough Small Business Awards is delighted to confirm you are a finalist for …
The Peterborough food & hospitality small business of the year 2019
With over 1000 nominations and entries it is quite an achievement to get through to the finals so a huge well done!“
The first words in my mind and on social media from us were :
Was this some kind of joke? I knew it wasn’t fake as I had attended the #psba as a guest the year before. I just never thought Banjaraa would be one of the nominees! I didn’t think Banjaraa was ready for any award! It was too early! I was thinking “who voted anonymously for us?!” All these thoughts started to come to my mind and then I shared it on my personal Facebook page.
And boy was I so wrong in my thoughts! The amount of congratulations and personal messages/calls which followed were just amazing. I just wanted to provide some good food ‘1 wrap at a time’ but didn’t know I had touched and inspired so many people on our little journey.
The food & hospitality category had some great finalists. Some were new businesses like us and others have had a great reputation for years. A couple of them have become friends too who have helped/advised in our journey too.
The date came – 12th October and we were both excited and nervous. We attended as a table full of the Banjaraa tribe and I had a speech written down, just in case the nerves and emotion got the better of me!
Sadly we didn’t win, however, as far as I am concerned, Banjaraa had already won just by being a finalist in this category! It’s been a great exposure & recognition so far. Thank you to EVERYONE who has been a part of our journey and continues to do so. Thank you universe!
Just like any other new start-up, this year has had its ‘first’ in a lot of ways for our corporate and event catering business. Here are some of the firsts we would like to share with you:
Our first ever large-scale event was ‘Belton International Horse Trials’ at Belton house, Grantham. We met some fantastic people and served up plenty of our tasty Indian inspired wraps on a great day enjoyed by everyone.
We also served up some Banjaraa awesomeness at four different festivals around the Peterborough area. These were:
• St Botolph’s Festival on the Green
• Baston Car Show
• Baston in the Blitz
• Langtoft Music Festival
Thanks to the Baston and Langtoft teams for believing in us and booking us for their events!
We are already taking bookings for 2020, so please get in touch ASAP to ensure that we’ll be able to cater at your event.
We also took the horsebox to events around Peterborough, Sawtry, Wittering, and Raunds with the aim of reaching out to as many local small market towns and villages to spread some food love!
We catered for our first private party in Cambridge in the summer of 2019. Mike and his family truly enjoyed the food the Banjaraa way!
We served our first pop-up food with two awesome local micropubs; the Bumble Inn and the Wonky Donkey and it was an absolute hit at both venues.
Out first corporate event was with an awesome local Peterborough company – Coloplast for their family and friends fun day. We look forward to many more corporate gigs in the future. Contact us to receive our corporate leaflet!
Our first wedding catering was for Reshma and Justin at a beautiful location – Langar Hall. We catered a brunch menu with delicious fillings for them and their 70 guests. A new niche for us!
Our first wedding fayre was at ‘Hinwick Hall – Wellingborough’. We did something totally different with our mini taster bowls for the potential clients and wedding suppliers. What a location and great owners! Thanks Lavinia from ‘Events in a box’. Our next wedding fayre is at Grendon Lakes, Wellingborough!
We catered at our first fireworks night, Baston Fireworks, and there are a few other seasonal events coming soon, which we will share in due course!
Oh! And our first finalist entrance to a local award! We are honoured to have been shortlisted for an award at the Peterborough Small Business Awards.
It has been a good learning year, loving the process, building the brand ‘1 wrap at a time’! We shall do another ‘story so far’ end of this year…
Thank you for playing your part in our journey! It’s greatly appreciated!
Keeping our tribe informed. Served up stories of our Indian inspired food.