A Sunderland based food company has smashed it out the park after successfully providing authentic dishes for the Indian Cricket Team.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Funky Indian Wali, the Sunderland food business that catered for Indian Cricket Team and how they came about serving the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. 


Pushing the boundaries of catering… 


Kam and Nedhi Chera at Durham Cricket Club with the Indian Cricket Team


The Funky Indian Wali, set up by Sunderland-based husband and wife team Kam and Nedhi Chera, has created and delivered traditional Indian food to customers across the region during lockdown.

The couple had to up their game when they got an unexpected request from Emirates Riverside stadium – the home of Durham Cricket Club – to cater for Team India during their 14 day visit to the stadium.

The team came to Chester-le-Street as part of their training camp and to play a warm-up game against a County Championship XI, ahead of the five-match Test series against England.

As part of wanting to make them feel at home, Kam and Nedhi were asked to provide all the food for every meal during their visit.

The result bowled over the players – so much so that the Funky Indian Wali has been in talks to cater at other dates during their stay in the UK during the test series.

As well as offering events and corporate catering, the Funky Indian Wali also runs its own spice subscription club with members regularly receiving spices and recipes.


An impressive innings from The Funky Indian Wali… 

“It was a huge amount of work, but it was a great collaborative team effort with venue director Rob Warren and his team at Emirates Stadium” said Kam. 

“But we were incredibly flattered to be asked, as they had heard about our reputation of providing authentic home cooked cuisine.”

“It was a great honour for us to do the catering but also see it be so well received,” said Nedhi.


Venue Director at Durham Cricket, Rob Warren praised Kam and Nedhi for their efforts.

“The brief was for them to look after the team for 14 days while they were here at the ground.

Although the Indian team changed the brief and requirements several times, the team dealt with this each time in a professional manner and made my job as Venue Director a lot easier,” he said.

“The touring team were delighted with the food.

The team at Indian Funky Wali created traditional Indian dishes with their own twist and the players were so happy with the offering, that on some evenings they were asking Kam and Nedhi to deliver food to the hotel.

“I can’t wait to work with the team again and we are already talking to Kam about how we can support each other’s businesses moving forward.”


Who are The Funky Indian Wali?

A Sunderland based business, The Funky Indian Wali is an award-winning home and event catering company who have a track record in satisfying the most diverse and picky palates on a budget. 

Launched in 2014, Nedhi and Kam have been delighting countless customers with their innovative Indian street food and are renowned for their Thali Trays.

Be sure to check out their authentic home-cooked delights by visiting thefunkyindianwali.com


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