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Purpose-built Gurdwara Becomes First Sikh Centre To Achieve HLA

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Purpose-built Gurdwara Becomes First Sikh Centre To Achieve HLA

Purpose-built Gurdwara Becomes First Sikh Centre To Achieve HLA
November 10
12:55 2015

A Glasgow Gurdwara (Sikh centre) has become the first in Scotland to be award the Scottish Government’s healthyliving award.

The new building (pictured below) – situated on the city’s Albert Drive, and one of seven in Scotland – opened its doors in 2013 and now serves as the home for the Sikh community of Glasgow’s south side.

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Together with two volunteer chefs, education coordinator Sukhcharn Kaur has been instrumental in amending ingredients and preparation methods to ensure the food contains less fat, salt and sugar.

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.

‘Members of the community are involved in donating food to the Gurdwara and by bringing with them fruit, vegetables and lentils rather than sweets and chocolate, it’s helping to make the food healthier,’ said Mr Kaur.  ‘We have received plenty of positive feedback already.’

Anne Lee, NHS Health Scotland’s Healthyliving award Manager, added: ‘By making changes to how the recipes have traditionally been prepared, the Gurdwara is able to offer healthier options without impacting on quality or taste. This is no mean task when you’re serving over 3000 meals each week. I wish them well and continued success.’

www.healthylivingaward.co.uk

 

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