By Manju Patel
2023 • Ryland Peters & Small
The food being served at Manju’s fabulous restaurant in Brighton is a homage to the cuisine of Gujarat, where vegetarian cooking is both a religious belief and an environmental cause. Living and growing up in Uganda, Manju was passionate about cooking and was taught to cook by her mother. At the age of 14, she was cooking and supplying 35 tiffins a day, just to make ends meet. In 1972, all East African Asians were exiled from Uganda and Manju arrived in London with little money and went to work in a factory where she stayed until she retired. Her dreams of owning and running a restaurant were forgotten for six decades, until her two sons realized her dreams by opening a restaurant in her honor.
This enticing selection of recipes in this book is real reflection of the food served in the popular restaurant and is a perfect example of vegetarian food not needing meat to feel like a complete meal. Every part of Gujarati cuisine is covered from sharing foods such as Samosa and Kachori, snacks such as Chakri and Sev Mamri, through to a wealth of curries to suit every taste using a variety of vegetables, beans, and lentils. Recipes for Manju’s popular chutneys that are sold from the restaurant are also included, as well as dessert and drink recipes such as Gajar Halwa and Mango Lassi. So, if eating authentic Indian food intrigues, then try this wonderful collection of Indian recipes straight from the heart and kitchen of Manju’s.
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