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Offline Festival Interview

Alex, the founder of Alara, will be at Offline Festival to represent community business leaders and is one of the contributors to the festival. With it quickly approaching, we asked him why he’s excited for the weekend and picked his brain about the benefits of starting a company that benefits the community.


Find our exclusive interview with Alex below:


1.      Your business essentially began when you found £2 on the street, what inspired you to grow it into the most sustainable food manufacturer on Earth?

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Little Indian Kitchen- Chickpea Rice

Check out Manju Mahli's recipe for delicious Chickpea Rice!

Chickpea Rice

  1. Fry onion for 5-10 mins or until lightly brown
  2. Add cumin seeds
  3. Add cloves
  4. Add Cardamom
  5. Add Cinnamon
  6. Stir
  7. Add Ginger
  8. Add Garlic
  9. Mix thoroughly
  10. Tip in cooked chick peas
  11. Tip in rice
  12. Pour in water
  13. Cook on low heat for about 10 mins or until rice is tender


Enjoy your good food! 

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Little Indian Kitchen- Potato Salad

Manju Mahli has the perfect quick recipe to enjoy after a long day.

Potato Salad 

  1. Heat pan on a medium heat
  2. Tip in butter
  3. Add potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  4. Fry until crispy on the edges
  5. As begging to brown, add coriander, cumin, fresh green chillies  
  6. Cook for a few minutes and transfer into a bowl
  7. Let cool
  8. Add chopped coriander leaves
  9. Add spring onions
  10. Add carrot ribbons
  11. Mix
  12. Serve with chutney and yogurt  


Relax and enjoy your creation! 

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Little Indian Kitchen- Mini Shammi Kebab Pockets

Manju Mahli brings us yet another great recipe, straight from her kitchen!

Mini Shammi Kebab Pockets

  1. Start with Chicken or Lamb Mix
  2. Add Fried Onion
  3. Add Grated Carrots
  4. Add Stock Cube
  5. Add Bread Crumbs
  6. Touch of Parsley
  7. Add Pomegranate Malaises 
  8. Pinch of Black Pepper
  9. Combine
  10. Heat Pan on a Medium Heat
  11. Swirl in Oil
  12. Make mixture into small patties using a bit of plain flour 


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Little Indian Kitchen - Carrot, Ginger & Tumeric Soup

Manju Mahli is back with more quick and easy recipies that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Carrot, Ginger & Tumeric Soup

  1. Heat pan on medium heat
  2. Add oil (sunflower or olive)
  3. Add a few whole bay leaves
  4. Mix
  5. Add bowl of carrots
  6. Add chopped onions
  7. Let cook for 8-10 minutes
  8. Add ginger, turmeric and garlic 
  9. Add black pepper
  10. Add stock
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes
  12. Blitz
  13. Ladle into soup bowl 


So get up and get cooking! 

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Big Ideas Team

Have an idea that’s sure to appeal to the masses? Share it! If you have the potential to raise of £100K, have a social media following, and a great idea, this could be your big break!


If you have an interesting idea that could appeal to Crowdfunder’s 600,000 members, their “Big Ideas Team” has been set up to work with some the up and coming ideas across the UK that have potential to make a big impact. They’re on the lookout for exciting new projects!



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Offline Festival

If you’re passionate about supporting your community or just want to help make a positive impact, this festival is for you. Music, skill building, fun, and more!


The Offline Festival will be held 15-17 of September and will be a weekend full of inspirational workshops, motivating speaker and relevant skill building talks. Held in the Buckinghamshire countryside, festival goers will be empowered by the keynote speakers and panellists. Gain all sorts of strategies for your community business as well as embark on a journey of personal growth.


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Get up and go in July!

It’s July, time to Get up and GO! We have loads of shows for you this month that will inspire you to get off the couch and take action. Whether it’s a walking in nature, grabbing a paint brush, restoring old things or getting inspired by leaders from the social enterprise world, there are tons of shows coming to Community Channel to guide you to make the best of the summer!

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