A new social enterprise celebrating and empowering South Asian women has opened in Sheffield.

Sheffield-based non-profit organisation Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre recently announced the opening of Roshni Kitchen – a social enterprise that aims to highlight the culinary talents of South Asian women while promoting healthy, mindful eating.

Since its establishment in 1992, Roshni has been a place of empowerment for South Asian women. The launch of Roshni Kitchen marks a significant milestone in this ongoing mission. More than just a restaurant, Roshni Kitchen will serve as a dynamic community hub where flavors, nourishment and learning converge.

Fouzia Ali, Ayurvedic practitioner and Co-manager at Roshni Kitchen, said of the opening: “I am so pleased to be opening this restaurant and adding to the Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre. Opening Roshni Kitchen allows us to help even more women whilst also serving the local community delicious and healthy South Asian meals inspired by Ayurvedic principles.”

“In response to the ongoing cost of living crisis, the kitchen provides 50 free meals weekly to women in need across Sheffield.”

The menu will feature a fusion of healthy, home-cooked meals rooted in Ayurvedic principles and beloved Indian street foods. Each dish is lovingly crafted by volunteers, using recipes passed down through generations.

The Ayurvedic diet emphasises the importance of food as a cornerstone of health, tailored to individual constitutions. Through this approach, the restaurant not only serves delicious meals but also educates the community on the importance of digestive health.

The kitchen also serves as a vital support system for South Asian women facing employment barriers. By offering training and work experience opportunities, it will help them to build essential skills and confidence.

In response to the ongoing cost of living crisis, the kitchen provides 50 free meals weekly to women in need across Sheffield. All profits from the restaurant are reinvested into the charitable activities of Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre.

Roshni Kitchen is located at 649 Queens Road S2 4DX Sheffield, and is now welcoming visitors into the restaurant throughout the week.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved visit www.roshnisheffield.co.uk.