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a'Our curry helps cure poorest in the Punjab'a[euro]; Diners at one Welsh Indian restaurant are unknowingly helping improve lives thousands of miles away. Sion Morgan found out how dishes served in Swansea are contributing to healthcare in the distant Indian province of Dera Baba Nanak.

COCKLES and laverbread are not ingredients commonly associated with Indian cuisine. But a selection of unusual produce on the menu is not the only unique thing about the Rasoi Indian Kitchen.

Diners visiting the restaurant in Pontlliw, Swansea, may not be aware their side orders help fund a hospital for the poorest families in India throughout the year.

Brothers Jas and Suki Kullar, who run the Indian fusion restaurant, are the driving force behind Sikhi Sewa Mission UK, a charity set up by their family that has helped to build and sustain a hospital providing free treatment for people living in Dera Baba Nanak in the impoverished district of Gurdaspur in Punjab.

Since 2002, the family who also own two hotels in West Wales has donated 20% of its annual profits to a cause in their impoverished homeland.

Sikhi Sewa Mission UK was set up by the family to help build, and now sustain the hospital providing free treatment for people living in Dera Baba Nanak in north-west India.

More than 4,000 miles away from Swansea on the edge of the border with Pakistan, the hospital provides free medical care for anyone needing treatment.

There are also plans to develop a centre specialising in the treatment of elderly patients and a mobile medical centre that will travel to help people in need.

Suki Kullar said: a[euro]Wea're really proud of our Welsh roots, and combining Welsh and Indian like we have done for these dishes, is part and parcel of what we also do as a family in support of our charity in India." a[euro]

" In addition to the restaurant'a's on-going support to Sikhi Sewa Mission UK, PS1 from each of the limited edition dishes on offer last week will be donated to Crossroads Care Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Mr Kullar added: a"We have always been made to recognise that charity begins at home, and the family have worked very hard to continue to fund Sikhi Sewa Mission UK'sa's work while supporting local, Welsh charities wherever possible.

a"The hospital at Dera Baba Nanak may be over 4,000 miles away, but it'sa's a huge driving force for what we do here in Swansea.

a"Our family are from Jalandhar and we regularly visit them and see for ourselves how difficult it is for many people to access medical assistance.

a"So the introduction of a free hospital has helped many people in the area." a[euro]

Jas Kullar said: a[euro]Ita's really important to us all at Rasoi that we play some part in improving community life back in Dera Baba Nanak.

a[euro]Ia"I've been involved in this project for many years now, and it has given me huge satisfaction to watch it grow.

a[euro]Wea've always had a very hands-on approach in the development of the hospital.

a"I visit the site at least once or twice a year, and other family members also visit from time to time.

a"The visits give me a real sense of motivation to get our restaurant back in Wales thriving even more, so in turn we are able to contribute more.

a[euro]Ita's important to us as a family to give back as much as we can. Our hope is that through our continued support, we can play some part in giving many people, who would otherwise have gone untreated, a quality of life that they deserve." a[euro]

He added: a"We have worked very hard to bring something a little different to the curry offering in Swansea and we strive to produce superb food for all of our customers.

a"We hope our customers will get that little bit of extra satisfaction from their dishes, knowing that they are directly helping to better the lives of others on the other side of the world."a[euro]


Patients waiting at Dewa Baba Nanak hospital in India

Brothers Jas, right, and Suki Kullar Rasoi run the Rasoi Indian Kitchen in Pontlliw, Swansea, and donate 20% of their profits to help fund a hospital for the poorest families in the Punjab
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 17, 2012
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