Purpose Built Gurdwara Becomes First Sikh Centre to Receive Healthy Living Award

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Another first for the Gurdwara, as Scotland’s first purpose built Sikh Gurdwara becomes the first Sikh temple to achieve a healthyliving award.

The Gurdwara serves over 1000 meals every week to the community and visitors and now those eating the meals can be sure that they are made with their health in mind.

Sukhcharn Kaur, Education and Visitor Coordinator, and the two other volunteer chefs have been instrumental in making changes to the ingredients and preparations method to ensure the food now has even less fat, salt and sugar in it. These changes include removing butter from the recipes and replacing it with rapeseed oil and brushing the chapattis with oil. Fruit and salad are always available and fresh vegetables are always included in the daily curry.

The Gurdwara uses the healthyliving award as a means of talking to their volunteers, community and visitors about healthy eating and uses the award materials to highlight the changes the chefs have made to their food. Visitors are welcome at the Gurdwara; visitors are given an introduction to the daily routine and a tour of the prayer halls. Visitors are then welcome to share a meal.

Sukhcharn explained that they have made these changes for the children, adults and elderly of the community:

“Members of the community are involved in donating food to the Gurdwara and they are bringing foods such as fruit, vegetables and lentils. Not sweets and chocolate which is very encouraging. Changes have been made to make the food healthier and so far no one has complained, in doing this there has been no impact on taste.”

Anne Lee, Healthyliving award Manager, added:

“It is fantastic that the Gurdwara, with the help and hard work of Sukhcharn and the volunteer chefs, has achieved the award. Using the food provided and making changes to how their recipes have traditionally been prepared; means that healthier options are

available to all who eat there, and with no impact on quality or taste. This is a real cause for celebration and no mean task when you’re feeding over 1000 people each week. I wish them well and continued success.”

The Glasgow Gurdwara is the oldest in Scotland. In 2013 the new Gurdwara on Albert Drive Glasgow, opened its doors and now serves as the home for the Sikh community of Glasgow’s Southside.”