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The Santali Recipe Book

The University of East Anglia, PRADAN, Charities Aid Foundation, India, Gram Vaani, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) & NNEdPro have worked together to ensure the sustainability of tribal (or indigenous) food systems in Eastern India. The project sought to address food and nutrition insecurity, a problem severe in rural and tribal communities, particularly for women and children. One of our objectives was to preserve and give recognition to traditional tribal food, knowledge and information in a creative way. This book is an attempt to fulfil that objective.

All proceedings of the sales of this book go to the tribal community. 

About this recipe book

The Santali recipes were designed by local people and dietitians, with each being nutritionally complete while addressing specific micronutrient deficiencies prevalent in the local population. This Recipe Book is designed to provide details of the recipes, as well as their nutritious value. It empowers you to prepare and share healthy, delicious food at home, with a side of nutrition education to help those most dear to you.

The meals are prepared and cooked manner which retains the nutritional value of the ingredients. However it is important to note that the meals are nutritionally complete when consumed as a whole menu. Each menu has been meticulously designed to incorporate essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals from plant-based foods.

Furthermore, Santali templates are also rich in protein, providing the necessary building blocks to support muscle maintenance and growth in children. The template menus are also abundant in dietary fibre, which aids in preventing bowel disease and promotes a healthy gut environment with beneficial bacteria. These templates are not only affordable and accessible for various dietary patterns but also contribute to environmentally food choices by reducing meat intake. By embracing these templates, you are taking a positive step towards a sustainable and health conscious approach to food.
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  • 9 Template Menus
  • 60+ Recipes
  • Nutritional Information
  • Different methods of cooking
  • Easy to follow recipes
  • Nutrition value of indigenous produces of Santhali community
Compiled by Sarah Armes & Sally Ayyad
Recipes design
late Sanchita Banerjee, Shuvajit Chakraborty & Asim Kumar Manna
Layout design
Debotriya Chowdhury
Key Contributors
Professor Sumantra Ray, Professor Nitya Rao, Dr Luke Buckner, Dr Nivedita Narain, Jørgen Torgerstuen Johnsen, Debashis Chakraborty, Harmanpreet Kaur, Wanja Nyaga, Xunhan Li, Dr Arundhita Bhanjdeo & Ayesha Pattnaik
Special Thanks
Santali Women from Chakai Block, District Jamui & Bihar
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