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Prashad

Location: 86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford.

Prashad is an informal place with a few tables, and the seven of us take up about a third of the room. Still, it's clean and well-lit, and what we're here for isn't ambiance so much as food. Prashad is one of Bradford's vegetarian Indian restaurants, and it's really good at what it does.

I started with the house special, pethis, cozy, tasty potato-and-spiced-coconut balls, served on token greenery. They were tender and the flavors were complex, but not overwhelming. There was similar appeal, complexity, and restraint to the idli sambar, rice flour dumplings with two dips, a thin lentil soup, and a fabulous, thick creamed coconut. The mango lassi was decent, but the Malabar lassi was very good indeed, flavored with onion, cumin, anise, and all sorts of other things. Its layers were like the essence of a tomato-and-onion salad, infused into yogurt.

While waiting for the taxi, chilperic and I took a moment to check out the attached deli, serving Indian sweets and savories, good for eating on the go. He bought our group a selection of sweets, and so it was I finished the meal back at the hotel, with a lurid red "halva", quite unlike the halva I grew up with. This was a dry, Jello-like block with spices and nuts suspended within its chili-red depths. The first bit, mostly the base, was bland, but it grew on me with every bite, the spices and nuts layering up in appealing ways.

It was a refreshing, filling, delightful meal, with good company and good food. Whenever I'm next in the area, I'd be delighted to return.

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a_d_medievalist
Apr. 17th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
sounds like carrot halvah!
owlfish
Apr. 17th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Surely that would be bright orange instead of Jello red?

It's entirely possible. My entire halva experience is with ground sesame seed-based ones.
owlfish
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Reading around further - there are red carrots. On the other hand, it looks more the the photo of the halwa on this blog which is described thus:
This is Halwa made with bits of almond, cardamon, sugar and milk. Ghee is also added into it and you can colour it with saffron or orange colouring.


It was also somewhat translucent.
a_d_medievalist
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
probably, then!
gillo
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I know that sort of halwa from our local Indian area in Coventry, though I normally go for the barfi instead. They do a wonderful "special halwa" around Diwali time with all sorts of added nuts and spices - think rich Christmas cake with an Indian twist to it.

I am in deep trouble with my girls if I go to that area to buy fabric and don't bring back a box of Indian sweetmeats!

The rest sounds really good. When we go to Bradford we normally go to the Kashmir, which is extremely good but formica tables, or just eat at the café at the Bombay Stores, my absolute Mecca (or Amritsar?) for fabrics and craft stuff.
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