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Fiery flavour at Christmas

February 10 2011
Turkey curry for Edinburgh‘s homeless hits the spot

A compassionate restaurant owner made the news this Christmas by cooking up a huge batch of turkey curry for the homeless people of Edinburgh on Christmas Day.

Assader Ali, who owns three curry houses, made tons of the turkey treat to hand out to those in need of some hot food and warmth. He decided on turkey jalfrezi because it is spicy enough to warm people up in the cold weather, but with an obvious nod to the festive season.

Ali was prompted to carry out the kind act when sub-zero weather made the headlines across Scotland and he realised that many homeless people had no choice but be outside in these conditions. Ali said: "You don't get the same sense of how cold it is when you're driving around, but for the last week I've had to get the bus and I've been shocked at how many people are out on the streets in the freezing cold."

As a Muslim, Ali does not celebrate Christmas, but he still wanted to bring festive cheer to others in dire need of it: "I decided to put my time to good use and do something for others."