New Madras Cafe/Action Village India Cookbook!

by Action Village India in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th September 2019 we successfully raised £2,019 with 64 supporters in 56 days

Madras Cafe Cookbook will raise funds for grassroots projects in India and extend your skills in making Indian home cooked food!

by Action Village India in London, England, United Kingdom

Madras Cafe Cookbook has sold out! There are no more copies to be had. Printed in 2014 it sold 1500 copies in four years and the last book went at Christmas 2018.

Madras Cafe Cookbook #2 will be equally wonderful in raising funds and awareness. Most copies sell themselves at Madras Cafe, our annual pop up restaurant at Womad festival. Others are bought via Action Village India’s website and through supporters of Action Village India and volunteers Madras Cafe.

Why do we need printing costs?

One brave person, Madras Cafe cook Ayesha, personally took on the risk of printing the original Madras Cafe Cookbook. With a few friends she gathered and wrote the recipes, organised testers and photographs. Ayesha edited the book and found a volunteer designer. Her trust in the recipes and Action Village India’s partners paid off and the book has  raised over £6000 for home grown development projects in rural India.

This time round we want all the sales money to go to supporting our amazing partners in rural India. We have volunteers and Action Village India’s in-house support for every aspect of producing the book, other than printing costs. 

Your input towards printing 1500 copies of the new book will zero-down our outgoings!  If we raise more than our target the extra money will go towards additional distributing of the book for sale and to our projects in rural India.

What is Madras Cafe?

Madras Cafe, or Madcaf, as it is fondly known, has been appearing at world music festival WOMAD since 1992. What started as a chai stall has now become something of a festival institution serving delicious Indian food to over 3,500 people during the three days.

Staffed entirely by willing volunteers, all the profits from Madras Cafe go back to Action Village India to support rural initiatives and help to combat poverty and social injustice across India.

What is Action Village India? 

Founded and run by people inspired by India, Action Village India has for more than 25 years, supported six long-term partners in India who manage rural development projects.

We are committed to understanding the needs of rural India and its people at a time when India is changing and developing so quickly. Our strong partnerships allow us to access this knowledge and we do this in a spirit of friendship, fun and food!


“I go to the Womad festival every year and eat at the Madras Café which serves incredible vegetarian food from South India…to my taste buds, the most delicious food if you’re vegetarian is Indian” 

Cerys Matthews, singer, DJ and author, chose Madras Cafe Cook Book as one of six books she often refers back to in The List 2018

'These marvellous, authentic vegetarian recipes are so straightforward and easy to follow. On my first attempts I made such good versions of the original dishes that I've had in the past in India, I couldn't tell the difference!' Ellie Kellett, Seasoned Traveller


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

21 of 100 claimed

Recipe Card + Cookbook + name in book + Ekta bag

Be the first people to receive the new Madras Café Cookbook, and get your name printed in the book as one of the people who made this project possible. As a special thank you, you will receive an Ekta shopping bag.

£5 or more

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Pledge £5: Recipe Card + Thank you

Get one of our new recipes emailed to you (or get the hardcopy if at WOMAD) with a personal Thank You message. Every contribution helps, every backer counts.

£15 or more

9 of 500 claimed

Recipe Card + Cookbook

Be one of the first people to receive the new Madras Café Cookbook.

£30 or more

10 of 100 claimed

Recipe Card + Cookbook + Spice box + name in book

Get the cookbook, receive a filled spice box and your name will be printed in the book as one of the people who made this project possible.

£40 or more

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Cooking package

Recipe Card + Signed Cookbook + Spice box (incl. spices) + Ekta bag + Madras Cafe Apron + name in the book Get ready to cook delicious food from the cookbook with this cooking package which includes the cookbook, an apron, cotton shopping bag and spice box including spices.

£150 or more

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Get your own recipe included in the Cookbook

Recipe Card + Cookbook + Get your own recipe included in the cookbook! This is an exclusive opportunity to have your recipe included in the Madras Café Cookbook. You provide the recipe and our team will test and tweak it to perfection then professionally photograph it and make it look amazing. Your recipe, with your name beside it, will be featured in the cookbook highlighting passionate and talented members of the Madras Café community.

£250 or more

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Lunch for two and other goodies!

Pledge £250: Recipe Card + 2 Cookbooks + 2 Spice boxes + name in the book + Lunch for 2 . A delicious vegetarian experience for two, joining Action Village India for a shared, home cooked meal and discussion on our work in rural development in India (in London).

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