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Prashad Cookbook: Indian Vegetarian Cooking [Hardcover]

Kaushy Patel
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13 Sep 2012

100 delicious vegetarian Indian recipes from Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant runner-up Prashad.

The Patels and Prashad, their small Indian restaurant in Bradford, were the surprise stars of Ramsay's Best Restaurant TV show in autumn 2010. Everyone who saw them fell in love with this inspirational family dedicated to serving delicious, original vegetarian food.

At the heart of the family is Kaushy, who learned to cook as a child growing up on her grandmother's farm in northern India. On moving to northern England in the 1960s, she brought her passion for fabulous flavours with her and has been perfecting and creating dishes ever since. Never happier than when feeding people, Kaushy took her son Bobby at his word when he suggested that she should share her cooking with the world - a launderette was converted first in to a deli and then a restaurant, and Prashad was born.

Now Kaushy shares her cooking secrets - you'll find more than 100 recipes, from simple snacks to sumptuous family dinners, to help you recreate the authentic Prashad experience at home. Whether it's cinnamon-spice chickpea curry, green banana satay, spicy sweetcorn or chaat - the king of street-side India - there's plenty here for everyone to savour and share.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Saltyard Books (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444734717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444734713
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prashad - the smallest restaurant with the biggest heart (Gordon Ramsay)

The food is flawless ... absolutely phenomenal, I was blown away (Angela Hartnett)

TIMES TOP 40 COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Prashad is the tiny Bradford outfit that was the surprise star of Ramsay's Best Restaurant in 2010, and this book brings together the Patel family recipes from the farm in northern India. From simple street food to sumptuous family feasts, the 100-plus dishes are tested through the generations and are refreshingly unusual. (The Times)

You know when Gordon Ramsay is praising a vegetarian restaurant, something must be different about the place. (Cook Vegetarian)

This is the perfect book for anybody who wants to learn how to make good authentic Gujarati food... the book includes interesting stories and explanations of the food. (The Vegetarian Magazine)

This book has a great range of recipes from simple sides to magnificent mains. (Alex Connoll, Cordon Vert Cookery School)

It was all deeply satisfying. (Aileen Reid, The Telegraph)

Kaushy shares the secrets of her tasty vegetarian cuisine with explanations clear enough for spice-rack novices but challenging enough for those with a bit more skill. (The Week)

An excellent introduction to the delights of Indian vegetarian cooking... A valuable addition to your kitchen bookshelf, whether you are a veggie or not. (Handmade Living Magazine)

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A vibrant and original vegetarian cookbook that brings authentic Indian cooking into your own kitchen. Vegetarian food will never taste the same again!

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 5 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
My son made a career in the hospitality business and has worked at Michellin-starred restaurants and at top hotels. My brother is an enthusiastic amateur who has trained as a chef to professional standards. None of us are vegetarian. But we all agree that Prashad is without doubt the best place we have ever eaten and the most unlikely, tucked away down a side street in Bradford. I have been collecting Kaushy Patel's published recipes in the Yorkshire Post and I am absolutely delighted to see it come out in book form. My only worry is that store-bought spices will never measure up to carefully prepared fresh ingredients that they use in the restaurant, which I suspect is the real secret behind the sensational flavours. Forget Ramsay, Oliver, Blumenthal and all the rest. Everyone who enjoys good food should buy this book, vegetarian or not.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Vegan Friendly 2 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
66 of the 112 recipes in this book are already suitable for vegans, and the remaining are easily modified. There are plenty of photos, detailed descriptions and each recipe is clearly marked with it's suitability for various dietary requirements. I'd been wondering whether to buy this book for a while and I'm so glad I did.

I was surprised to see the price fluctuate quite so much though. I purchased it for 12.50; two weeks later it's 18.25!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An orignal surprise! 15 Feb 2013
By Sloop
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I only received this book as although Im not a practicing veggie its generally all I cook when Im at home. I also like a bit of spice in my food & after reading the reviews already on hear took the plunge.

On first look I was a bit dissapointed as there didnt seem to be that many straight forward curry receipes..But then I had bought this book as I thought the receipes were going to be something original so I can't have it all ways :-) Anyway I could read through the book time & time again or I could actually have a go at making something then make my mind up. Im so glad I did! I decided to invite all the housemates (so cooking for 6) for a meal involving 4 of the recipes as well as some dhal. I cant remember all the names but I made rustic flatbreads (my mouth is watering as I think of these, will be making them again this weekend for sure!), quick spicy sweetcorn (my favorite), riata (yay, I can make a nicer one that my localy take away now!), Garlicky black chickpeas & potato curry (I thought this was going to be pretty bland and dry, how wrong I was).

Every receipe was simple to make & really well explained. There wasnt a single bit of food left and the flatmates were still thanking me two days later! I cant wait to work my way through the whole book to learn new things and more importantly eat very interesting healthy food! Thank you...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking from the heart Gujarati-style 14 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover
Prashad is an Indian vegetarian restaurant in West Yorkshire that was named Best Restaurant by no less than Gordon Ramsay. The word "Prashad" means "sacred offering" and refers to religious food offerings left at temples. Amazon happened to recommend Prashad to me as I was looking at other UK-authored vegetarian cookbooks. I was instantly intrigued, as I am quite familiar with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern vegetarian cuisine, but Indian cuisine is relatively unknown to me other than some Indian restaurant standards like tikka masala and saag paneer. I've been vegetarian for over ten years and am always on the lookout for new dishes to add to my repertoire, and "Prashad" opened my eyes (and my spice cupboard!) to the myriad of flavors and textures in Gujarati cuisine and introduced me to new ways of cooking that will make it into my regular rotation, particularly how to make masalas and tarkas (heating spices in hot oil). Gujarati cuisine is also very vegetarian-friendly as it is strongly influenced by Jain vegetarianism and traditional Hinduism.

I reached out to Prashad through Facebook and the restaurant was kind enough to send out an autographed review copy from the UK. The book is written by matriarch Kaushy (her son Bobby is the current owner and manager of the restaurant). Kaushy's four simple rules (fresh and fantastic, prepare, relax, and cook with love) and clear instructions make this flavorful vegetarian cuisine accessible to any level of cook.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative and creative book 22 May 2013
By red0209 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
For someone not particularly familiar with Indian cooking, this was a real eye opener for me. It is amazing how many different dishes you can create with a few spices, herbs, fruit and vegetables. A lot of recipe books contain many fairly predictable recipes but the majority in this one I would certainly not have thought to come up with myself. You can certainly tell that a lot of thought, care and attention has gone into this book. There is a very good introduction, with information on spices, utensils needed and general tips and practical information. I've tried several of the recipes and have many more I'd like to try and I can say that all have worked reasonably well so far. A minor criticism is that while there is a lot of information (I do like the introduction to each recipe) and extremely detailed step-by-step instructions, this can leave the pages looking very cluttered and a large proportion of the recipes do not have photographs. Despite not being the most neat and tidy book in terms of layout, the content more than makes up for this to leave a very good impression overall.

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Introduction 8
Kaushy's Kitchen 14
Practical Points, Top Tips and How To...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have tried 8 recipes so far and like other reviewers said, the proportions are way off. I am really disappointed I never had that happen with a cookbook that has been praised so... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Melanie
2.0 out of 5 stars ... book because it was top of a list of recommended Veggie books in...
Bought this book because it was top of a list of recommended Veggie books in The Guardian newspaper. Really? Read more
Published 20 days ago by Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to use trial and error with this book
Genuine Gujerati food. Absolutely delicious as long as there are no mistakes with the recipes. Tried making patra. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tasting food
Using this book has enabled me to get closer to cooking Indian food at home that almost tastes like an authintic Indian restaurant. Highly recomended and im not a vegetarian.
Published 2 months ago by phillip allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is a fantastic cookbook, whether you are a vegetarian or a meat eater these recipes are delicious and everyone in the family loved them.
Published 4 months ago by SRoss
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything as described when purchasing Prashad Cookbook : Indian...
Bought as a Christmas gift and recipient very pleased. The cover looks very pretty and is a good addition to a cookery book collection.
Published 5 months ago by MARY ELIZABETH WHEELDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this so much I bought the hardback and the ebook
I bought this to help my third attempt at going vegetarian. The recipes are clear and mostly quite simple. There's a good mix of healthy options and more indulgent food. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Garry
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipes
For veggies and meat eaters. You won't buy a take away again! Buy it and start with the tarka dhal.
Published 6 months ago by Veggie pig
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant
This is a wonderful cookbook. The recipes are very good and work well. Even though I am not a vegetarian, I can easily enjoy most of these as the main. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite recipe book
This book is fabulous. I've so far made 5 curries and they have all been outstanding. Saturday night has become curry night and that makes me happy!
Published 6 months ago by Bryony Walker
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