Bring your flags out, paint the city in tri-colours, and come to The Bombay Canteen to celebrate all things Indian!
The Independence Day Daawat is back at The Bombay Canteen with an in-restaurant celebration this year and a promise of good food for a good cause, with a meal that encompasses the spirit of unity. Come enjoy a community style lunch, eat to your heart's content and pay as you like.
15th August - 11 am to 4 pm. 

Note: Service is on a first come first serve basis. No reservation required.

About the Independence Day Daawat!

With a Daawat that is as diverse as our country, we encourage you to come eat and give back to the very farmers who ensure we have full tables. Soil is a symbol of plenty and our Daawat menu reflects that abundance.

It carries the narrative of the soil and highlights ingredients coming from Cheduputtu in the meal served including little millet, rajma, rice, pumpkin, chilli powder, turmeric, ginger and more.


This year’s mission is to Nourish Our Soil

Bringing together those who love to eat and those who feed us, this year's Daawat, shines the spotlight on the very root of our food - the soil.  With the aim of giving back to this very source of food, this year’s mission is to ‘Nourish Our Soil’ and celebrate the produce that grows from it.

Proceeds from the Daawat will help the farmers of Cheduputtu village in Araku, Andhra Pradesh, take steps towards restoring the health of the soil on their farmland. So, here is your chance to contribute to this powerful initiative and participate in the fundraiser at The Bombay Canteen 

What we did with last year’s donations

Daawat 2021

About Naandi

Naandi, which in Sanskrit means a new beginning, is one of the largest and fastest growing social sector organisations in India working to make poverty history.

 Naandi was founded on November 1, 1998 as a Public Charitable Trust. Born out of the idea of creating a professionally run organization managed by eminent business leaders as Trustees, Naandi was expected to serve as a new experiment in the socio-development sector of India. Namely, partnering with various state governments, corporate houses, international and national development organizations and showcasing large scale successful delivery of public services. Services such as elementary education with positive discrimination of girls, safe drinking water and sanitation, large scale cooperative irrigated farming in dry land areas, end-to-end sustainable agriculture in tribal areas, skilling and employment for youth, safe motherhood and early childhood development including tackling of malnutrition amongst children, or any other socio-economic issue that is looking for an efficient solution.

 By listening intently to communities we serve and making them equal partners in solving their problems, Naandi has been able to not only make them realize their potential but also empower them to access basic services in a sustainable manner. Further, we enriched our work with communities by bringing in various arms of government, private sector, technical experts and other stakeholders. We also have a research arm that takes up action research and other field based trials to check out innovations and measure their impact, results of which could be used to positively influence policy. Our ideology revolves around building sustainable models within the social sector that deliver critical services efficiently and equitably to underserved communities.

Naandi, with a team of 350+ full time professionals and over 6000+ front line development workers, often recruited and trained from within the communities, has expanded its foot print year on year across 17 states: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh touching the lives of more than 6 million underserved people so far.

 Currently, Naandi is demonstrating the value of creating new social entrepreneurs by setting up social businesses that are even more efficient and closer to community needs than traditional grant-funded activities. Thus, safe drinking water, support to elementary school going urban children, skilling for unemployed youth and agriculture marketing are the four ventures in existence over and above the free services of Naandi.