Warning: this is another gushing post about my love of Leeds’ collaborative spirit. I know, I know. It’s a topic that features regularly in my Leeds-based posts, but that’s because it’s so bloody fantastic. Leeds is a city characterised by the spirit of its independents; independents who work with, not against, each other to create a city-wide food and drink offer that’s earned Leeds the reputation of being one of the country’s tastiest cities. Think Belgrave Music Hall’s Street Feast. Gusto Italiano at Lazy Lounge. The almighty brethren of organisations that make up the Leeds Food and Drink Association. And, as of this July, Bundobust.

Bundobust is a very special collaboration, combining the might of two award-winning purveyors of fine food and drink. On the food side you’ve got Prashad, a Leeds-based Indian vegetarian restaurant that propelled to infamy when it was crowned runner-up in Ramsay’s best restaurant of 2010. All that spice needs a special kind of sup to complement and refresh, and that’s where The Sparrow comes in. A Bradford-based craft beer bar, The Sparrow has racked up an impressive mantelpiece of accolades including a spot in The Guardian’s top 10 UK craft beer bars, Shortlist magazine’s top 10 UK pubs and the title of Bradford’s CAMRA pub of the year in 2012. Beer and Indian food are a beautiful combination indeed, so The Sparrow and Prashad have united to create Bundobust – a craft beer bar with an Indian vegetarian street food kitchen. Lucky Leeds.

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Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Book review
Once upon a time, a curly-haired girl slumped in her kitchen and sighed. Her worktop resembled the aftermath of Holi; a trail of spices that she’d toasted, roasted and ground to the recipe’s precise instructions. And the result? Yet another failure. Maybe she just didn’t have what it took. Dejected, she was about to reach for the takeaway menu, when a fairy godmother appeared. Tearing the menu before the girl could use it, the fairy godmother encouraged her not to give up. “You can do it, I promise.” So the girl tried once more, this time guided by the fairy godmother’s expertise, reassurance and passion. And everything changed.

That fairy godmother was Kaushy Patel, and to say that she’s transformed the way that this curly-haired girl feels about Indian cookery would be an understatement. She’s given me a confidence that I never thought I’d have; a confidence to not only succeed in creating Indian dishes that taste good, but to also make these dishes a staple in my weekly diet. A midweek curry, after work, made from scratch? No biggie, thanks to Kaushy and the wise words eloquently woven through her debut cookbook, Prashad.

Prashad cookbook

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