Review: Prashad - Indian Vegetarian Cooking

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Prashad is a small family run Indian restaurant in Drighlington which is near Bradford in West Yorkshire. You may have heard of them as they won Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant in 2010. The power of twitter and a couple of tweets later and they very kindly sent me a copy of their new cookbook.

Prashad Vegetarian Indian Cooking - new cook book
I've had this new Prashad cookbookfor a couple of weeks now and have been dying to try something from it. Finally, this weekend I had the time to head into the kitchen and try some of the recipes. We're big meat eaters in our house so I was interested to see how we'd find this book which is fully vegetarian.

Written by Kaushy Patel, mum and chef extraordinaire behind Prashad, this book is lovely - with an intro looking back through their history, her inspirational grandma and all the tips and tricks she has on  the spices and herbs used in the Prashad kitchen. Couple this with gorgeous photography and recipes divided into sections, this is a really wonderful book and I'd recommend you all go and buy a copy!

I decided to start with Aloo Gobi with Jeera Baath which is Punjabi cauliflower and potato curry and cumin-infused rice. Although quite long winded to make, the masala base (blended ginger, chillis and garlic) gave the curry an intense and absolutely beautiful flavour. Cooking the rice with a foil lid kept it moist and fluffy and the onions really jazzed it up from the usual plain basmati of my household.

Aloo Gobi, Jeera Baath and Naans

The curry was absolutely delish, even if I do say so myself. I'll definitely be making it again and will be trying more of the recipes soon. The masala paste with its vibrant green colour was so good. I wonder if you could make it in a big batch and freeze it for ease. One to investigate me thinks!

Home made Masala paste
Frying the potatoes with cumin seeds

Thanks Prashad for sending me this book, I love it and am sure I'll be using it lots in the future. If we ever find ourselves up north we'll be booking a table! If you want a copy of the book, you can buy it from the Prashad website here!

7 comments

  1. O how I'd love to get my hands on that cookbook - every Wednesday night is home made curry night around ours, often of the Indian variety!

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  2. It's a really lovely book isn't it, I've been trying a few dishes from it since I got it... Great review, hope you continue to enjoy it, so much in it, all tasty! Thanks

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  3. Thanks both for your comments. Its a lovely book and has really changed my view on veggie cooking! :-)

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  4. A lovely write up and I love the pic of your meat free curry x

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  5. Lovely sounding recipes, I'll keep my eyes peeled for it.

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  6. More lovely comments thanks ladies!

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  7. perfect kind of recipe which i was looking for, much more interesting dishes log on to Indian dishes

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