ROOTS India - The taste of India is coming to Tilburg

Cotton farmers from India can count on intense commitment from Rabobank Tilburg eo. and their business partners. The result: not only a solid support base for the project, but also the publication of a special cookbook, ‘ROOTS India’.

The decision of Rabobank Tilburg eo. to actively adopt the cotton project in India can count on generous support. CEO Wim Bens of Rabobank Tilburg doesn’t try to hide his appreciation. “I had never dreamed that so many parties in our area would join up with the Rabobank Foundation’s initiative to improve the lot of small-scale cotton farmers in India!” “The added value from Tilburg is exceptional,” says Pierre van Hedel, CEO of the Rabobank Foundation. “The relationships that have developed in the area can be considered unique. This doesn’t occur all that often.” The supporters from Tilburg that the cotton farmers can count on include the TextielMuseum, fabric producer Innofa and the Fontys Academy for Creative Industries.  This gives the project a solid support base firmly anchored in the community.


Rabobank Tilburg produced a special India-themed edition of the cookbook ‘ROOTS, recipes from the world of the Rabobank Foundation’, to illustrate their support of Indian cotton farmers. Chef de cuisine Ralph Blaakenburg of ‘Auberge de Bonheur’ visited the cotton project of the Rabobank Foundation last October and delved into the lives and cuisine of local famers. As a lover of beautiful produce he could research to his heart’s content in India. “I am more convinced than ever that it’s the flavour that counts. Vegetables need to look picture-perfect in the Netherlands. In India the rules are different; buyers select food based on flavour, not on the shape, colour or size,” Ralph Blaakenburg explains. He was inspired to create lovely, flavourful dishes; he recorded the recipes in the gorgeous cookbook ‘ROOTS India’.

The taste of Indian cuisine is coming to Tilburg

On the 18th, 19th and 20th of January the people in Brabant had the chance to experience the taste of Indian cuisine. The Boheur Horeca Group has opened the pop-up restaurant ‘A Night in India’ in De Poorten, a former church in the Belgian town of Hasselt during that period. A selection of dishes from ‘ROOTS India’ was offered to guests at the pop-up restaurant. The menu, at € 35 per person, consisted of a cocktail, appetiser, 3-course dinner and finally Masala Chai tea. The guests received the special cookbook with a reservation for two. The guests were immerged in an Indian atmosphere with music and images during the evening. Dinner was served at long tables. Guests sat together at one table. The temporary restaurant was an initiative of Rabobank Tilburg, Contour de Twern, De Poorten and the Bonheur Horeca Group.


Present on arrival at the table
Krupuk of tandoori masala and ginger lemonade (cocktail)

Gazpacho of coconut, pumpkin and white chocolate

Sambhar (lentil soup) with cooked salmon and tamarind 

Main course
Butter chicken
Pakora of large prawns and vegetables
Raita of cucumber and coriander
Hot curry with beans and vadouvan
Biryani (Indian fried rice)
Pineapple pickles
Naan bread

Kulfi with almonds and saffron

Final dish
Home-brewed Masala Chai tea

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