Luthfa’s father came to Cambridge to study in the 1950s, whilst also working part-time in a restaurant. In the 60s he opened his own restaurant – The Kismet – in Northampton Street.
He went on to have other restaurants in Cambridge including The Curry Centre on Castle Stree,t which the family ran until 1989, and Castle Tandoori on Castle Street, and Curry King on Bridge Street. Luthfa says, “my father passed in August 2018, my mum’s cooking is very good, and I learned lot of things her. Now I always create new dishes.
Luthfa is a Community Development Officer with Cambridge City Council. Based at Mandela House she runs the Women’s Health Project at Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre, Akeman Street Neighbourhood Centre and Ross Street Community Centre, and cooks for Holiday Lunches across Cambridge.
With lentils, rice and green chilli.
Using whatever vegetables you have in your fridge.
Shallow fried aubergine.
Another cheap and simple vegan recipe using a tin of baked beans.
A simple and cheap recipe with fish fillets (Luthfa uses basa fish) and potato.
Luthfa’s Holiday Lunch Recipe.
Cambridge South Asian History Month was launched by Cambridge City Council on 15 June 2020. Share your South Asian recipes and join the conversation on our facebook page @CamSouthAsianHistory
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