Food fanatics team up for veggie venture

UNIQUE RECIPE UK Yorkshire Pudding Champion Chris Blackburn and Prashad's head chef Minal Patel trial their spicy Yorkshire Pudding. (d409a319)
UNIQUE RECIPE UK Yorkshire Pudding Champion Chris Blackburn and Prashad's head chef Minal Patel trial their spicy Yorkshire Pudding. (d409a319)

Some diners might scoff at the idea of a tasty dish without any meat but one Drighlington eatery is determined to get us all turning veggie – if only for a week.

Vegetarian Indian restaurant Prashad is inviting meat lovers to change their usual diet as part of celebrations to mark National Vegetarian Week.

The annual event, which begins on Monday, aims to promote the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.

Going meat free hasn’t done Prashad any harm.

Since appearing on Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, it has won a coveted AA Rosette and featured in the Michelin Guide and the Which Good Food Guide.

Prashad’s Bobby Patel said: “We all know that Yorkshire folk love their meat and it’s still a common misconception that vegetarian food is tasteless and boring. But, in the wake of the horse meat crisis, people are re-thinking what is in the food they eat.

“Meat eaters who visit Prashad and try signature dishes always remark that they don’t miss the meat because of the complex and rich tastes, flavours and textures.”

Founder Kaushy Patel will be teaming up with UK Yorkshire Pudding Champion Chris Blackburn on ITV’s Glorious Food to whip up spicy Yorkshire Puddings.

Mr Blackburn said: “I visited Prashad for the first time recently and was blown away by the food!

“I’m excited to work with them on fusing traditional Yorkshire and authentic Gujarati cuisine in what promises to be a very special recipe.”

Meanwhile, the restaurant will be giving customers the chance to sample its tasting platter for half price throughout next week, along with a free Kingfisher Beer.

Click on the link below for the recipe for Prashad’s famous Pethis.