There is yet another new addition to my extensive cookbook collection and this one has quickly become one of those must-recommend books to my readers who are interested in Indian cooking. After reading an extensive review of the book by Sia of Monsoon Spice, I promptly ordered a copy and already I've been inspired to make a few dishes from the book.
Prashad — Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Kaushy Patel is the result of a lifelong journey of passionate cooking by the author. Focusing on Gujarati food, Ms. Patel moved to England as a young woman and soon after got into the food business beginning with a deli specializing in Indian street food that eventually blossomed into a restaurant that received high praise and recognition from Chef Gordon Ramsay — that's saying something because he is no vegetarian and his standards at times are nearly impossible to meet. Come to think of it, I do recall the episode of the Best Restaurant series when Ms. Patel and her family's business was featured and was quite charmed. Sia was blessed to eat at the restaurant in Bradford, England and I must confess I am burning with envy.
"None of the curries we ordered tasted the same or had just one ingredient overpowering the other. The food was hot, fresh, vibrant, and delicately spiced with different textures and flavours making it clear that none of the food served here was mass produced or doused in ready to use spice mixes or sauces."Contained within the covers are recipes ranging from starters and street snacks, mains, rice dishes and breads, soups and sides and desserts and sweets. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook, you will find plenty of inspiration for your own cooking experiences. Many of the recipes are Indian classics with a fresh look, and we are treated to some treasured creations that Ms. Patel has crafted, shared and served up to eager family and customers with great success. Plenty of vegan recipes are offered up too along with onion and garlic free delights.
Sia had done an excellent job discussing and reviewing the book, so do check out her review. I'll have more to say about this wonderful book as I continue to explore.
The key to this wonderfully flavorful dish is to cook the cauliflower until just tender and have a rather gentle hand with the spicing, though you will want some Indian heat.
|Cauliflower and Pea Curry|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Prashad — Indian Vegetarian Cooking
Published on March 26, 2013
Green peas and cauliflower cooked until just tender in gentle and fragrant Indian spices and seeds
More vegetable curries from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)
Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry
Paneer Cheese and Vegetables in a Creamy Gravy
On the top of the reading stack: various selections
Audio Accompaniment: The Orb
This is my contribution this week to Ricki's Wellness Weekend.