Yorkshire Life Reader Lunch - readers enjoy the Aagrah experience

PUBLISHED: 16:10 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:35 20 February 2013

Aagrah cookery demonstration

Aagrah cookery demonstration

Lovers of international food learned a few secrets in the preparation of some exotic dishes from one of Yorkshire's celebrated chefs and most successful restaurateurs<br/>Photographs by Andy Bulmer

This was a Yorkshire Life reader lunch with a difference. Mohammed Aslam, MBE, and managing director of the Aagrah group of restaurants in Yorkshire, led a cookery demonstration that gave an insight into the preparation of food which has made him one of the most successful chefs in the region.

The dishes prepared sounded exotic and complicated but it didnt take long before they began to take shape and delicious aromas filled the Aagrah restaurant in St Peters Square, Leeds. The dishes were from the menu being served for the reader lunch so everything we saw during the demonstration we were able to taste.

Aslam answered questions about the preparation of rice which according to some of the audience was one of the most difficult things to perfect at home. Apparently adding milk can enhance rice and although it is not something that is practised in the Aagrah restaurants, it is a cooking technique that works well in a domestic kitchen. There were also questions about the preparation of spices, which ones worked the best to highlight different foods as well as when to add them to a dish.

One of the most unlikely confessions Aslam made during lunch was his passion for fish and chips which he enjoys eating on his own. Fish and chips are my favourite food, when I can I slip away on my own and really enjoy them, he said.

After lunch, readers took home a goody bag which included spices and information about forthcoming food events and there was an opportunity to buy recipe books which Aslam was happy to autograph.

Have a go at making some of the dishes which are located in the recipes section. You can always leave your comments and upload your pictures of the finished dishes in the article

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