The Patels run Prashad – a small family-run Indian vegetarian restaurant in Bradford, which reached the final of Channel 4’s ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’. It offers a range of dishes, including Gujarati specialities and it is the only restaurant in Bradford with an AA rosette.
The business was established in 1992 by Mohan and Kaushy Patel, selling traditional Indian snacks and sweets. It has developed into an award-winning restaurant offering traditional Gujarati and Punjabi vegetarian cuisine with Mohan and Kaushy working alongside oldest son Bobby Patel and his wife Minal. The kitchen is the domain of Minal and Kaushy, who both began their love affairs with cooking back in India. Their husbands, Bobby and Mohan, run the front of house operation. Together Bobby and Kaushy led the team into the final of Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant in 2010. Their fantastic food wowed even the carnivorous Gordon Ramsey, but together the team work to ensure that their customers’ experience at Prashad is about much more than just the food.
The first Prashad cookbook, written by Kaushy and her family, was published by Saltyard Books in September 2012, with a second book, Prashad at Home, following in the summer of 2015.
In November 2016, the Patels were named winners of the ‘Highly Commended’ White Rose Award.
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PRASHAD AT HOME: EVERYDAY INDIAN COOKING FROM OUR VEGETARIAN KITCHEN – Buy it here
Since winning everyone over on Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, Prashad has grown in size and reputation, and so too has the Patel family. In this, their second book, Kaushy returns the focus to the heart of Indian home cooking.
Traditional recipes have been simplified using readily available ingredients. These are the quick dishes that can be prepared in the evenings when you’re tired after work, meals to leave bubbling away while you relax at the weekend and feasts for special occasions – as well as everything you need to serve alongside: the breads, the rice and the chutneys. You’ll also find many recipes drawing influence from British, Chinese and Italian cuisines – a perfect combining of cultures in the kitchen. And, because Gujaratis are well known for their sweet teeth, there are plenty of snacks and treats too. Life is all about balance after all.
Times have changed and what we eat should suit our lifestyle, but whether you have 20 minutes or two hours, cooking should be enjoyed, bringing both you and those you are cooking for pleasure.
From bhajis to feast biryanis to beans on toast, Gujarati-style, here are more than 100 recipes to bring warmth, taste and texture into your home, all made with the Patel’s characteristic love and passion for vegetarian food.
PUBLISHER: Saltyard Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 27th August 2015
PRASHAD COOKBOOK: INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING – Buy it here
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.
PUBLISHER: Saltyard Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 13th September 2012