Social Enterprise Update
Punjabi Junction launches Online Shop!
This New Year brought to life our very first and own online shop!
Visit the shop to purchase all your favourites from our delicatessan range, from chutneys, pickles, spices and curry kits!
2021 – We are successful with Leith Chooses Funding!
A huge thank you to those at Leith Chooses for deciding to fully fund our Indian Hot Food project.
Our project will prepare, cook, pack & deliver Asian based nutritious food to isolated BAME individuals and/families who are suffering from food poverty. Throughout lockdown our service users voiced on multiple occasions although appreciative of food parcels they received from other organisations they missed having their own traditional food. The meals will be cooked fresh in our catering premises at Midlothian Innovation Centre and deliver to individuals and families around Leith. The project will allow BAME individuals and families access to Asian meal at least once or twice a week improving their health, mood and wellbeing.
2020 – Partnership with Sikh Food Bank, Helping Hands, Building Bridges & Healthytots Kitchen.
We are happy to announce as of Tuesday 2nd June 2020, Punjabi Junction & Sikh Sanjog will be in partnership with three amazing charities preparing and making food (a total of 125 lunches) each week which will then be packed and delivered to those in need during COVID-19 – including vulnerable famillies and households, students in support and our service users all over Edinburgh. Thank you to these charities for thinking of us, getting us back in the kitchen and getting us involved in this great cause –
Sikh Food Bank – https://www.sikhsinscotland.com/sikh-food-bank/
Helping Hands – https://solidaritynotcharity.com/
Building Bridges –
Finally a special thanks to Johanthon at Healthytots, if it wasn’t for your support (and your kitchen) we would not be able to do what we do since leaving our own kitchen in Leith Walk last summer – https://healthy-tots.co.uk/
Kings Building Outlet
Due to the pandemic, Punjabi Junction has to temporarily postpone all its current activities since the beginning of lock down in March. This included our term time “fast food” outlet at the Edinburgh University, Kings Building campus where we were serving a variety of lunches during the week for the campus students, faculty and also the public.
We hope to be back soon serving lunches – Monday – Friday from 11.30am – 2pm.
Markets & Festivals
Many of the markets where we are regular traders are also currently postponed until it is safe to reopen accordingly to Government guidance.
You can find us at –
Leith Market, Leith Docks from 10am – 4pm, every 2nd Saturday of the month.
Grassmarket, Grassmarket Square from 10am – 5pm, every 3rd Saturday of the month.
Due to schedule renovation of Stead Place we unfortunately have had to make the decision to close the cafe to customers. However we are still trading for outside catering events including weddings, private events, markets and stall both in and outside the Edinburgh area. Follow our social media sites to keep up to date to what we are up to and where we will be next.
The outside catering has proved to be a huge success. We regularly take bookings from large corporate conferences, to weddings, and festivals. Although fundamentally the basis of our menu is Punjabi cuisine, for outside catering we also offer European dishes
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Tel: 0131 553 4737
History of the Punjabi Junction
Founded in 2010, the café has provided traditional Punjabi home cooked cuisine to the people of Edinburgh, whilst also giving Minority Ethnic (ME) women training and employment opportunities. The women who worked at Punjabi Junction, learned valuable social and practical skills that can be applied in any workplace. Covering literacy, numeracy, communication, social and customer care skills, the training the women are given covers a lot of bases whilst working with the public reinforces social inclusion.
25th July 2013 our Social Enterprise Cafe, previously known as Punjab’n De Rasoi was re-launched with new branding and a new name – Punjabi Junction! The layout was changed to maximise seating and to facilitate good customer service, we’ve got a great mural on the wall showing the spice trail of India and the spices we use in our cooking. We had steadily been gaining momentum with the various services we offered and seen an increase in the amount of visitors we were getting into the café. The café was styled to recreate the feeling of an old Indian Train. That along with the new name ‘Punjabi Junction’ has helped to earn our place as a respected and authentic business within the community.
Our cookery classes have been a great way to welcome the community and give them a taste of Punjabi culture. People from all ethnicity and backgrounds come into the café and spend time learning about the spices and methods used to make delicious hearty food. This part of the enterprise is brilliant for us, as the women are integrating with people from all cultures. Being able to pass on their knowledge of cooking, gives a great sense of self worth.