Kiran's Donating Proceeds to Nepalese Earthquake Victims

Through the weekend, 50 percent of sales from Kiran's chicken tikka masala will benefit earthquake victims in Nepal.

By Katharine Shilcutt May 1, 2015

Chef Verma's chicken tikka masala is Kiran's most popular dish.

The death toll for the April 25 earthquake in Nepal is now over 6,300—including 12 victims who died when the earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest—though authorities say that the number could eventually rise to over 10,000 dead, making it larger in both magnitude and casualties than the earthquake that devastated Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan in 1934. In the days following the tragedy, the US funneled more than $23 million in aid to the small South Asian country, over $7 million of which came from private charitable donations.

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Chef Kiran Verma wants to add to that amount, and to that end is donating half of the sales of her restaurant's most popular dish—her signature chicken tikka masala—to Nepalese earthquake victims. Verma herself was born in Orissa, India, and grew up in Delhi in northern India, not far from neighboring Nepal. But that's not her only connection to the country.

"Many of our team members at Kiran's are from Nepal, so news of the devastating earthquake hit a little closer to home," said Verma today. "To assist with relief efforts, we are donating 50 percent of the proceeds from every dish of chicken tikka masala sold today through Sunday."

The tandoori-cooked chicken in a creamy, curried tomato sauce is $22, which means $11 of each dish sold over the weekend will make its way to Nepal, but only if you make your way over to Kiran's first.





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