A classic staple at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market that everyone knows and loves is Fatima’s Indian Food. The Indian food is a fan favourite and has become a common vendor at the Market. The food featured is both cultural dishes, as well as traditional Newfoundland plates.
Fatima Khan is the face behind the great dishes featured every Wednesday and Friday at the market. Originally from India, she has been living in St. John’s since 1990.
“I enjoy cooking. I have been cooking from a very young age under the guidance of my elder Sister who was a very good cook,” she said. “Beside learning from her, I read cookbooks and also watch cooking shows. I get ideas about cooking and peoples’ favourite dishes from various sources. However, I come up with my own recipes and dishes.”
Khan’s famous dishes are a team effort with numerous people helping her in the kitchen and to serve the food. The team is proud to include local vegetables and ingredients ” purchased in the market from our hard working farmers,” stated Khan.
While the Farmer’s is a great place to support local venues, Khan also sees it as an experience.
“It is an excellent place to meet people, learn about their favourite dishes and introduce multicultural dishes in the market,” she said. “It is a place to learn and grow. St. John’s Farmer’s Market, its staff, vendors and customers are like a family who are always there to support each other.”
Mixing both Newfoundland and Indian foods into the menu, with dishes like Pakora, Samosa but also Fried Cod. Weekly options are determined by demand and the interest of Market visitors, which includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten- free options.
“My most popular dish in the market is butter chicken. In fact I am the one who first introduced this dish in the St. John’s Farmer’s Market,” said the cook. “I always listen to my customers and respect their input. My customers are very appreciative of our service including the quantity and quality of served food.”
Fatima’s Indian Food has been ranked as the best food vendor in the St. John’s Farmers Market three years in a row. For those considering starting a vendor, Khan suggests considering the customer first.
“Provide the best service to your customers in terms of quantity and quality of food at a reasonable price. There is nothing more enjoyable than making your customers happy and satisfied.”
Follow Fatima’s Indian Food on instagram @indianfoodnl
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