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Curry in a hurry! Kindhearted Sikhs rush to make delicious vegetarian meals for 300 Australians returning from New Delhi who are quarantining in hotels

  • Lucky Singh is cooking for  300 Australians who are stuck in isolation in hotels
  • Families returned home on Friday after being stranded in India for two months 
  • The charity has been providing food to healthcare workers during the pandemic 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Sikh volunteers are rushing to make meals for 300 Australians who recently returned home after being stuck in India for two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

Families returned to Sydney from from New Delhi on Friday morning and were forced into 14-day isolation at hotels around the city.

Kindhearted volunteers at Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchenette in Sydney will be cooking around the clock to provide meals for the travellers after getting a desperate call for help on Wednesday afternoon. 

Lucky Singh, who founded the charity, has had to take time off work to prepare food for the families. 

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Lucky Singh (pictured), who founded the charity, has had to take time off work to prepare food for the families

Lucky Singh (pictured), who founded the charity, has had to take time off work to prepare food for the families

Kindhearted volunteers at Guru Nanak's Free Kitchenette in Sydney have been providing meals for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic

Kindhearted volunteers at Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchenette in Sydney have been providing meals for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic

Ms Singh, who is an ESL teacher, said many of the families are vegetarian and are worried the hotels will not be able to provide them with a decent selection of healthy vegetarian food during their 14-day isolation. 

‘After school on Wednesday I was busy writing down all their names, their room numbers and what they need.’

With the help of 150 volunteers, they will provide each family with a package filled with enough food for three days. 

Among some of the treats being handed out by the volunteer group was a handful of Indian favourites including dahl, paneer, rajma and homemade roti bread.

Volunteers will also provide fresh fruit and the dessert gulajamina.

It’s tireless work, but Ms Singh loves it.

‘I have a real passion for this. I love doing it, the feeling you get helping people is priceless.’

Among some of the treats being handed out by the volunteer group was a handful of Indian favourites including dahl, paneer, rajma and homemade roti bread (Pictured: A stall where students can go grab food)

Among some of the treats being handed out by the volunteer group was a handful of Indian favourites including dahl, paneer, rajma and homemade roti bread (Pictured: A stall where students can go grab food)

During the pandemic, the charity has been providing food for frontline workers as well

During the pandemic, the charity has been providing food for frontline workers as well

Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchenette Sydney has operated in Sydney for eight years providing food for the homeless in the city, the elderly at nursing homes, international students with less support and women affected by domestic violence. 

During the pandemic, the charity has been providing food for frontline workers as well.  

Shaizy Singh is pictured outside Westmead hospital delivering free meals to frontline health workers on ANZAC Day

Shaizy Singh is pictured outside Westmead hospital delivering free meals to frontline health workers on ANZAC Day

They give away Indian meals to the less fortunate in pursuit of the centuries-old Sikh tradition of Langar.

Under the practice of Langar free vegetarian meals are served to anyone in the community regardless of their religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity.

Two special Qantas flights carrying hundreds of Australians left New Delhi on Thursday heading for Sydney and Melbourne.

The Sydney bound Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived about 10.45am, while the other arrived in Melbourne around 11am.

A third planeload of Australians will arrive in Sydney on Sunday.

In total, about 500 Australians are being brought home after being stranded in India following the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

All are expected to be quarantined in hotels for two weeks.

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