Saffron Tree

, , in Harrogate

Address: 2B Follifoot Ridge Business Park, Pannal Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1DP

Phone: 01423 871 767


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Welcome to Saffron Tree! An authentic range of Indian cuisine, inspired by my grandmother. She told wonderful stories, my favourite of which was The Magic Saffron Tree. The elusive tree, so the story goes, grows in a shaded courtyard in my hometown of Hyderabad. When it blossoms, the saffron tree yields the most aromatic saffron imaginable. The complex aromas of my range instantly transport me back to my childhood and my grandmother’s wondrous tales.

Hello I’m Monalisa. For as long as I can remember I have loved food and cooking. My grandmother, Iona, was my cookery teacher and my food hero! For countless weekends and holidays I sat beside her watching, helping and learning, while she created elaborate meals that graced our tables. Fast forward decades later, and I did a PhD in Education, in which I encouraged and analysed the development of young people’s interpersonal learning through a context that I knew and loved so well…cooking practices.

The ‘plan’ was to put the findings of my research into practice by setting up a cookery school, doing the two things that I so dearly loved: working with food and working with people. However, shortly after completing my doctorate, I was diagnosed with a congenital eye condition. The subsequent surgery led me to identifying a gap in the market for authentic Indian food, as I was forced to rely on supermarket ready meals for my family during the six-week recovery period. This led to the personal quest I embarked upon by creating Saffron Tree’s range of prepared chilled meals.

Saffron Tree’s authentic range of Indian food is based on a collection of classic dishes passed down from my family and friends. My meals pay homage to these special people and to Hyderabad, the city I love and that remains close to my heart.


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