OUR VISION

We envision a delectable world… a world wherein women and girls have achieved their human rights; a world wherein women and girls live empowered lives; a world wherein women and girls have equal access to the time, tools, resources, opportunities, and choices required to move beyond poverty’s multiple expressions and achieve well-being. We work to see that delectable world realized, one meal at a time. And we invite you to join us!

MEET THIS WEEK’S CULINARY AMBASSADOR

SUDARSHANI

Sudarshani had pinched off the ends of the green beans she prepped in her outdoor kitchen and rid them of the fibrous strings that ran along the length of their rubbery pods. Then, slid the beans lengthwise along the cutting surface of an inverted blade, slowly, rhythmically, one by one until every green, cylindrical rod had been sliced through the center. Halved lengthwise, Sudarshani tossed them into a blackened, earthenware pot. To that she added turmeric and black mustard powders before topping the pile off with salt. Burying her fingers in the mix, she tossed the mélange gently about, staining her digits yellow, gold, and felicitous. “It’s important to mix with your hands, to make sure the beans are evenly coated with spices. “And,” she grinned, “it makes the food taste better.”

At 30-years-old, Sudarshani self-identifies as a mother of one, a wife, and an at-home seamstress. Her son is five and was playing “shop” with neighborhood friends while I spoke with Sudarshani. He was the vendor, and his playmates, loyal customers who’d come to inspect his wares. Sudarshani’s husband is a day laborer who works when there is paid work available.  Read more of Sudarshani’s story and get her recipe for green bean curry here.

ALSO FROM ST. JOHN’S ROAD VILLAGE

Green Bean Curry

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Green Bean Curry (Bonchi Maluwa) by Sudarshani Sudarshani had pinched off the ends of the green beans she prepped in her [...]

Dhal Curry

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SOS Lanka Action has shuttered operations in Sri Lanka and is no longer accepting support. This recipe is posted in honor of Deepika and SOS Lanka Action, both of whom invited us into St. John's Road village to advocate for the community.

Coconut Milk

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SOS Lanka Action has shuttered operations in Sri Lanka and is no longer accepting support. This recipe is posted in honor of our culinary teachers in Ragama, Sri Lanka and SOS Lanka Action, each of whom invited us into St. John's Road village to advocate for the community.