Naasto Baasto - Gujarati pop-up at Bristol Spirit
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Sunday 30th July 2017 15:00 -18.30pm
Monica Patel is hosting an afternoon of traditional Gujarati home cooking at Bristol Spirit in Redfield. Monica and her mother will be preparing a feast of food using recipes handed down to her by generations of her family.
Monica says that; “Naasto Baasto is a tribute to my ba (grandmother) - who was a wonderful strong woman, and the most caring wife, mum and grandmother. As a homage to the hostess with the mostest, mum and I will be cooking some of our favourite Gujarati dishes, and we’ll be turning Bristol Spirit into my grandparent’s home for the afternoon. Our guests will experience proper Gujju hospitality - recipes which have been passed down for generations, cooked with love and passion. Humble, authentic and largely vegetarian.
Gujarati families always bring out a spread of food when guests visit. Ba was the cook and my dada (grandfather) was the instigator, and he would invite people and spring it on ba that she needed to prepare food. Once guests got a taste of her cooking, they would often return, usually with little-to-no notice, but it never phased her. People would get so comfortable, they would walk through the living room into the kitchen and start inspecting the pots on the cooker. Everyone loved ba’s cooking!
I’ve called the event Naasto Baasto because my grandparents - especially my granddad - had a habit of rhyming words, even if the second word was absolute nonsense, which baasto is, and Naasto means snack.”
There will be a set menu costing £25.00 per head. Guests can buy either a meat or veggie ticket option. The puris, chapatis, and kachori all contain gluten. You can let us know if you'd like a dairy free option after purchasing tickets.
All dishes will have suggested pairings of Espensen Spirit cocktails, local beers, wines or mocktails - these are not included in the ticket price.
Extra’s such as chapatis/poppadoms/chutney/pickle will cost £1.00. Extra servings of bhajiyas, etc. are £1.75
Pani puri - water bread
Crispy puri, filled with spicy potatoes, dipped in tamarind water. Eaten in one bite.
On the table - Bombay mix
Bhajiya with ‘ketchup’ (Bhaji’s) - methi & banana, onion, potato
Fresh (uncooked) chutney made from tomato, chilis, coriander, cumin & lemon
Kachori - pastry filled with spiced peas & sultanas deep fried
Papdi no lot - steamed, spiced, rice flour dough, served with fresh coriander chutney
Mains - Thali style
Dal, bharela bhinda, bhaat - daal, stuffed okra & rice
Murganhu shaak, bhaat - chicken curry & rice
Both dishes accompanied by :
A rotli (chapati)
Bateta nu shaak - spiced potatoes
Kachi keri kachumber - green mango salad
Mixed papad/padadi - poppadoms
Keri athanu - Gujarati mango pickle
Amrakhand - mango & yoghurt curd dessert served with a chai spiced biscuit (contains nuts)
Aamras (dairy free & VERY traditional) - mango juice & mango pulp slightly spiced with ginger & topped with cumin served with puri