In June 2016, staff from our Sofia office went to the Multi-Kulti Collective in Sofia to learn how to cook genuine Pakistan food. For an evening was hosted by the Pakistani chef Saif ur Rehman from the restaurant Punjabi Food.
Together the team prepared several easy and tasty Pakistani dishes, such as the fresh Pakistani salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, green salad, onion and a special mix of aromatic spices. A highlight was the amazing side dish called pakora – fried potato and onion balls with special spices, chicken biryani with basmati rice and lots of spices. The team learnt how to prepare and then drank the famous Pakistani masala chai, and finished the evening with the chickpea flour sweets called ladoo.
The Multi-Kulti Collective cooking events are more than a simple cooking class. They are a group who seek to immerse those who attend in the customs, foods, crafts and songs from the region that is the focus of the night’s cooking. Multi-Kulti Collective seeks to promote the wider integration and acceptance of refugees. They use a range of events, such as the cooking classes our team attended to broaden Bulgarians understandings. The event was held in the kitchens of Amuse Bouche Culinary School.