The Grand Dal Finale
- Paintworks Bath Road Bristol, England, BS4 United Kingdom (map)
The British Dal Festival culminated in our Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks in Bristol on Sunday March 25th.
The morning and afternoon sessions both featurde:
Dal cookery demos and talks
Street food stalls offering dal and pulse dishes of many varieties and cuisines
Market stalls selling a range of dal ingredients and more
We celebrated and feasted on dal of all kinds, with dal-icious vibes and music to reflect the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of dal and the pulses that make it.
Dal Cookery Demos
We had a fabulous line-up of chefs, each compèred by a pulse expert.
Liz of Forage in Monmouthshire turns the often intimidating world of foraging into a pleasurable pursuit, and shows you how to get the best from it in the kitchen. She’ll be making a wild Bedouin soup - a delicious lentil, onion and garlic soup crammed with seasonal herbs.
Cook, writer and teacher, Jenny is author of the superb Pulse cook and a former UN pulse ambassador. She'll demonstrate the versatility of dal through three simple dishes, each using British pulses and with a choice of garnishes.
BBC Food & Farming Awards winner and founder pioneering Bristol community organisation 91 Ways to Build a Global City, Kalpna will cook her mum's chana dal, a family favourite in Hindi households, tempered with roasted cumin seeds, health-giving turmeric and baby spinach.
Teacher at River Cottage and author of Food for a Happy Gut, Naomi will be cooking up quinoa flour chapatis, a hungry gap chutney and a fermented pickle.
Historian and author of the classic The Dal Cookbook, Krishna will be demonstrating massor dal for beginners, a great way to introduce dal to the uninitiated.
Feast on dal and other pulse dishes from diverse global cuisines! We've a fabulous group of street food traders lined up:
Thali is unconventional, makeshift and unexected, reflecting the heart and soul of India: the land, the people and the cuisine. Engage your senses and discover the everyday charm of India.
"Buddha boxes featuring our signature coconut, red lentil & channa dhal, basmati rice, winter slaw with a mango and lime dressing, crispy chickpeas, sweet potato crisps, a swirl of minty yoghurt, topped with fresh coriander, chopeed red onion & pomegranate seeds. We will also be serving our “Roald Dal” with basmati rice and topped with crunchy sev, minty yoghurt, fresh coriander & red chilli."
VEG WITH EDGE. Award-winning street foodies bringing you fresh, vibrant Indian food straight from London. 100% vegan!
Delicious bhajis, samosas and other authentic Bombay street food.
Market Stall Traders
Below are just some of the businesses and organisations you'll find in our Grand Dal Finale marketplace:
fresh-range sources award winning food & drink directly from local farmers, fishermen, makers and bakers and delivers to Bristol & Bath kitchens 6 days a week. They'll be selling a range of superb dal ingredients including organic garlic, root ginger, root turmeric and dal home cooking kits
A range of six authentic hummus varieties with authentic flatbread. Moist rotate their specials every week depending on what’s good at the farm and will have at least one seasonal special on offer, also using British pulses from Hodmedod.
Find wild flavoured clarified butters, spring pestos and wild salsa verdes, primrose curds and a few wild spring time cakes.
Bristol's most local greengrocer, Hugo's sources predominantly produce grown within a 15 mile radius direct from suppliers. They'll be offering a great array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Delicious One-Pot Bean Meals providing versatile meal in a pot inspired by bean recipes from around the world, as well as naturally gluten-free Chickpea Crispbread, handmade using chickpea flour and locally sourced butter and buttermilk. Easy Bean will be sampling Sambhar Dal and more.
Renna will be selling a range of fresh home made Indian chutney (not to be confused with pickles, they are more like hummus or pesto in appearance), She will also have carrot and chilli fresh pickle and podis - powdered spices mixes, most containing lentils, that you sprinkle on plain rice or steam rice cakes to add a punch of flavour.
Ivors Ice Cream is made in the farm house using milk from his own cows and cream from Lucy´s Dairies. Flavours on offer will include saffron and cardamom, sose & rose petal, honey and ginger ice creams, and pomegranate and tikka sorbet
Food without Borders empowers refugee women through employment, learning & business opportunities - building bridges, sharing delicious food, and changing the narrative around refugees. They'll be selling a range of samosas, pakoras and Indian sweets.
Hodmedod, Britain’s pulse and grain pioneers, work with farmers to offer a range of bean and pea varieties, heritage grains, some of Britain's first quinoa and new crops like lentils. Hodmedod is committed to providing sustainably produced, wholesome, quality food with provenance.
Leading UK organic and Fairtrade product wholesaler, Essential Trading will be selling sustainable wholefoods.
Offering a large range of craft preserves homemade in Bristol. Ranging from jams, jellies and chutneys to sauces and hot sauce. The preserves and sauces are produced seasonally using as many locally acquired ingredients as possible.
Brinda will be selling her range of homemade spices. The spices face been carefully selected, roasted and ground to make the most aromatic blends of spices.
If you are interested in trading at at the Grand Dal Finale please complete our Traders' Application Form >
Where Is It?
Paintworks is located on the A4 (Bath Road) near Totterdown. Follow signs for Temple Meads Railway Station, then continue along the A4 bearing left at Three Lamps junction. Continue for approx half a mile, Paintworks is on the left hand side. It is approximately a 12 minute walk from Temple Meads station.
There is limited parking available on site, please use public transport if at all possible. If you're coming on foot, by bike or in a car you can download a map. There are lots of ways to get here without a car, take a look at our greener travel choices.