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The Bombay Canteen has (har)vested interests this Independence Day. Join them.

For their annual good-food-for-a-good-case August 15 Daawat, they’re supporting farmers who make your feasts possible. There are various ways in which you can help, and the best among them, is this – eat.

On August 15, a community style lunch served on banana leaves promises dishes from across Indian states. Chef Thomas and his crew will start you off with a Kokum sharbat from Karnataka, and lead you into a seemingly never ending rotation of Kerela Moras Bhaji, Parippu Vada, Bengali Lau Ghonto, Bihari Kantola Chokha, Tamilian Eggplant Moju, Chicken and Bamboo Curry from Arunachal Pradesh, Punjabi Martaban Soy Kheema, Ajara Ghansal Rice, Parsi Wild Saag and Pumpkin Dal with Bombay Maska Pav.

You’ll also have your pick of pickles, chutneys, and coolers; and at the end Goan Coconut & Baath Cake and Rajasthani Malt Milk Barfi will sweeten the deal. Better still is the fact that you get to eat and pay what you like, and all proceeds will go to Hyderabad-based Naandi Foundation, which works with Adivasi farmers in Araku, Andhra Pradesh to restore their land and forests.

If you can’t make it to the Daawat, seed the Canteen’s effort with a donation online here; your money will help Araku farmers grow jamun, amla, guava and lemon trees in the village of Chedu Put.

Think about that, next time you’re sipping a nimbu paani.

Getting there: Independence Day Daawat 2019 on August 15th, 11.30 am to 3.30 pm, at The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, call 49666666, donate here.

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