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By David Aspinall


A kind Samaritan cooks massive meals for up to 80 Indian orphans at a time.

Bobba Anil Kumar along with his uncle, known as Daddy Chef, and extended family prepare nutritious meals for children in their village of Botlakunta, Telangana.

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Using fresh herbs and spices including curry leaves, coriander and cloves from their own mango farm, the charitable team create a delicious looking fish curry with rice.

Cooking the meal in the traditional way, using stones to grind down the aromatics, they prepare the meal outside before feeding their expectant diners.

Anil said: “It’s wonderful to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.

“The first day we served there is spark that keep coming back fulfilled our heart with happiness.

“The feeling is priceless.

“When we are putting meals on the plate, it’s not food, it’s our love.

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“We almost forget the hard work it takes to create the food because it was overwhelmed by the satisfaction due to smiles of those children.”

Anil and the team pay for the meals out of their own pockets and they plan to expand their enterprise into the wider region.

They ask the kids which meals they would like them to make and will try to reach the requests, sometimes turning unhealthy street food recipes into more nutritious dishes.

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Anil said: “This is not only about serving food.

“We want to educate more people about cooking and make their own ingredients in traditional methods which give an awesome taste, unlike factory grounded spices.

“It makes lots of difference when you cook in these pots.

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Anil said: “We want to inspire more people to do the same in their region by serving food to the children who are in need.

“Our slogan is ‘cooking and sharing with love’.”