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Prashad Cookbook: Indian Vegetarian Cooking [Hardcover]

Kaushy Patel
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Book Description

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 (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,696 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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11 of 11 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 5 Oct 2012
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Vegan Friendly 2 Jan 2013
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Solange
I was thrilled to get hold of this book and less than thrilled with some of the results in the kitchen. Pea and cauliflower curry great, and likewise speedy spicy sweetcorn. But if you cook regularly and think a quantity is wrong it probably is - roti dough was far too wet and sesame jaggary 'squares' were a heap of brick dust; the text shows toffee-like looking squares and comments that 'Angela Hartnell liked the texture and richness'. Like another reviewer I think these recipes have not always been tested with the quantities printed in the book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative and creative book 22 May 2013
By red0209 TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Vegetarians 13 Jan 2013
By Boo
This book combines all the features an instructional kitchen DIY can offer. If you want to be more proficient at cooking Indian Vegetarian cuisine this is the book for you!
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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 29 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Bryony Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Just got this book, tried two recipes: brilliant. Cant wait to try more. All the items are easily available in your local stores.
Published 2 months ago by MR JBHill
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a cookbook
Beautiful book, superb recipes. For anyone who loves food, not just vegetarians. One to keep to hand and make dishes from regularly.
Published 2 months ago by huw cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian here - spoilt for choice!
It's not often that I can eat everything in a cookery book, so this is a must-have for all veggie Indian food lovers. I couldn't be without this book; I use it every week. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Laura Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vegetarian book I've ever bought
This book could turn even the most committed meat eaters into at least part-time vegetarians. The dishes are mouthwatering and the textures and flavours are superb. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kig
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes, but proportions are way off
As a vegetarian who loves Indian food, I was really looking forward to getting this book. And when I opened it, I was not disappointed - so many delicious recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Etheldreda
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