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All the recipes and Photographs on this Site are old Family Recipes and tried and tested by the Author. Please feel free to try out these old recipes, and relish them, but desist from copying and using on other sites without the prior permission of Bridget White-Kumar. Any infringement would amount to Plagarism and infringement of Copy Rightpunishable by Law

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ANGLO-INDIAN FOOD COOKING TRAINING WORKSHOP AT THE SJUAN RAJ MAHAL PALACE JAIPUR




I'm just back from Jaipur where I conducted a Cooking Training Workshop for 3 days from the  24TH TO 26TH August 2015 on Colonial Anglo-Indian Cuisine at the Sujan Rajmahal Palace for around 20 of the Chefs and Khansamas of the various Hotel properties of the Sujan Luxury Group such as Sher Bagh Ranthambhore (the tiger Camp), The Serai Jaisalmer (Desert Camp), Jawai the Leapord Camp, and the Rajmahal Palace Jaipur. Had an amazing and out of this world experience at the Rajmahal Palace and a fulfilling and wonderful teaching session sharing Classic Colonial Cuisine to a very receptive and eager to learn batch of learners. Many thanks to Mr. Yusuf Ansari for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

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Old Colonial Anglo-Indian Dishes that were recreated and demonstrated were The Dak Bungla / Bungalow Mest Curry, Grandma's Country Captain Chicken, Railway Mutton Curry, Lamb Chops, Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Vindaloo, Junglee Pilaf, Coconut Rice, Lamb Mince Ball Curry, Butter Parsley Rice with Nuts and Raisins, Mince Fricadels, Fish Rissoles, Egg Chops, Mince Curry Puffs, Lamb Mince Panthras, etc.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

COCONUT RICE, BALL CURRY (BAD WORD CURRY) AND DEVIL CHUTNEY - DECCAN HERALD 3RD MARCH 2015


















OUR SATURDAY SPECIAL ANGLO-INDIAN LUNCH – COCONUT RICE, BALL CURRY AND DEVIL CHUTNEY
 I was born and brought up in  Kolar Gold Fields, a small mining town in the erstwhile Mysore  State (Karnataka) in South India. Kolar Gold Fields or K.GF as everyone knows, had a large and predominant British and Anglo-Indian population and was known as THE LITTLE ENGLAND in the olden days. Our lives therefore were influenced to a great extent by British Colonial Culture.Our Food habits were typically Anglo-Indian - Breakfast was normally a bowl of Oats porridge, toast with either butter and jam and Eggs. (Sundays saw sausages, bacon or ham on the Breakfast table). Lunch was a typical Anglo-Indian meal which consisted of Steamed Rice, Beef Curry with vegetables, Pepper water or dhal curry, and a vegetable foogath or side dish. Dinner was always Bread or Dinner rolls with a meat Dry Dish, (It was an unwritten rule that we didn’t eat  rice at night). We normally had either beef or mutton every day, fish invariably on Wednesdays and Fridays and Pork or Chicken or Fowl on Sundays.
 My mum was en exceptional cook and even the most ordinary dishes cooked by her tasted delicious. She was very versatile and imaginative when it came to cooking. She would improvise and turn out the most delicious curries and side dishes with whatever ingredients were on hand. Every dish she prepared was delicious even if it was just the basic Rice and Meat Curry that was cooked every day. My mum had a procedure for everything. The onions had to be thinly sliced and the green chillies and coriander leaves chopped finely. Even the tomatoes for the curry were first scalded or blanched and the skin removed, then chopped into bits and strained through a strainer / sieve so that only the pulp was used and the seeds and skin thrown away!!!
 While our everyday lunch was considered simple, lunch on Saturdays and Sundays was special. Saturday lunch was invariably Yellow Coconut Rice, Mince Ball Curry (or Bad Word Curry as the word ‘Ball’ was considered a bad or slang word in those days), and Devil Chutney. My mind still recalls and relishes the taste of the Mince Ball Curry and Coconut Rice that my mum prepared on Saturdays for us. On Saturdays we had only half-day school so we were back home by 12.30 pm ravenously hungry and we’d be assailed by the delicious aroma of the Coconut Rice and the Tasty Mince Ball Curry even before we reached our gate.
 The mince for the Ball Curry, had to be just right, so the meat, (either beef or mutton), was brought home fresh from the Butcher Shop, cut into pieces, washed and then minced at home. (We had our own meat-mincing machine and Coconut Scraper which was fixed to the kitchen table like every Anglo-Indian family in those days. No making of the Mince at the Butchers as it had to be double ground in the Mincer only at home). The ground meat or mince, was then formed into even sized balls along with other chopped ingredients and dropped into the boiling Curry which was meanwhile cooking on the stove. The curry was then left to simmer till the mince balls were cooked and the gravy reached the right consistency.
 The Yellow Coconut Rice was always prepared with freshly squeezed coconut milk, Sometimes, two fresh coconuts would be broken and then scraped or grated. The scraped/grated coconut had to be soaked in hot water and the thick milk extracted. For every cup of rice double the quantity of coconut milk was the right proportion; a little more would make the rice ‘pish pash’ or over cooked, and a little less would mean that the rice wouldn’t be cooked well. So very accurate measurements were required. The raw rice and coconut milk would then be simmered with ghee or butter, saffron or turmeric, bay leaves and a few whole spices of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves till the rice was cooked perfectly. This delightful fragrant Rice preparation formed the perfect mild subtle base of our Saturday Special Anglo-Indian Meal. 
 The Yellow Coconut Rice and Mince Ball Curry (also known as Bad Word Curry) was always accompanied with a typical Anglo-Indian Sauce or Relish known as Devil Chutney.  Devil Chutney is a fiery red chutney or sauce. Its bright red colour often misleads people to think that it is a very pungent and spicy dish, while its actually a sweet and sour sauce, and only slightly pungent. The vinegar and sugar used in its preparation react with the onion and red chilli to produce the bright red colour. Devil Chutney is also known as “Hell fire or Hell’s flame chutney or Fiery Mother-in-law’s Tongue Chutney” due to its vivid colour.
 I would now like to share my mum’s recipes for these three special dishes. They are very easy to prepare.
 YELLOW COCONUT RICE   
Serves 6   Preparation Time 45 minutes
Ingredients
1 pack of coconut milk diluted with water to get 4 cups of milk or 1 fresh coconut grated and milk extracted to get 4 cups of diluted milk
2 cups of Raw Rice or Basmati Rice
½  teaspoon turmeric powder or a few strands of saffron
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons butter or ghee
3 cloves, 3 cardamoms, 3 small sticks of cinnamon and 2 bay leaves

Heat ghee in a large vessel or Rice cooker and fry the spices for a few minutes. Add the washed rice, salt, turmeric and 4 cups of coconut milk and cook till the rice is done.

Coconut Rice is best served with Ball Curry or Chicken curry and Devil Chutney.

ANGLO-INDIAN MINCE BALL CURRY (BAD WORD CURRY)
(Mince Koftas in a coconut based gravy)
Serves 6    Preparation time 45 minutes
Ingredients for the Curry
3 large onions chopped
6 or 7 curry leaves
3 teaspoons chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
3 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
3 big tomatoes pureed or chopped finely
½ cup ground coconut paste
1 teaspoon  all spice powder or garam masala
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon coriander leaves chopped finely for garnishing
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
 Ingredients for the Mince Balls (Koftas)
½ kg minced meat beef or mutton (fine mince)
½ teaspoon all spice powder or garam masala powder
3 green chilies chopped
A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped finely
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
 Heat oil in a large pan and fry the onions till golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and the curry leaves and fry for some time. Now add the chili powder, coriander powder, all spice powder or garam masala powder, turmeric powder and coconut, and fry for a few minutes till the oil separates from the mixture. Now add the tomato puree and salt and simmer for some time. Add sufficient water and bring to boil.
 Meanwhile get the Mince Balls ready - Mix the all spice powder / garam masala powder, salt, chopped green chilies, turmeric powder and coriander leaves with the mince and form into small balls. When the curry is boiling, drop in the mince balls carefully one by one.
Simmer on slow heat for 20 minutes till the balls are cooked and the gravy is not too thick.
Serve hot with Coconut Rice and Devil Chutney.
 DEVIL CHUTNEY (HELL’S FLAME CHUTNEY)
Ingredients
2 medium size onions chopped roughly
1 teaspoon red chilli powder (use Kashmiri Chillie Powder)
1 tablespoon raisins (optional)
2 teaspoons sugar
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
 Grind all the above ingredients together till smooth. If chutney is too thick, add a little more vinegar.
 Serve with Coconut Rice and Mince Ball Curry

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

KEDGEREE - FISH AND BOILED EGGS KEDGEREE - AN OLD COLONIAL FAVOURITE
















FISH AND BOILED EGGS KEDGEREE
Kedgeree is a mildly spiced rice and lentil mix-up which originated during the time of the British Raj. It is the anglicized version of the Indian Rice dish Kichiri or Kichadi. It was originally prepared with fillets or flakes of steamed or smoked haddock (but later salmon, kippers or tuna was used instead) parsely, boiled eggs, nuts, sultanas, rice and lentils. It made a hearty breakfast dish in the early days when it was considered healthy to have a cooked breakfast with all the essential nutrients.

Serves 6     Time required: 45 minutes
Ingredients
½ kg good fleshy fish cut into thick fillets
2 cups raw rice or Basmati Rice
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
3 onions sliced finely
3 green chillies sliced lengthwise
4 tablespoons Red Lentil Dal / Masoor dhal (Or any other lentils)
3 cloves
2 small sticks of cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin powder
100 grams Sultanas or Raisins (Optional)
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 Bay leaves
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 tablespoon lime juice / lemon juice / vinegar
6 whole peppercorns
4 hard-boiled eggs cut into quarters.

Cook the fish  in a little water along with the Bay leaves and salt for about 5 minutes or till the pieces are firm. Remove the boiled fish and keep aside.
 Add sufficient water to the left over fish soup / stock to get 6 cups of liquid and keep aside. 
Remove the bones and skin from the boiled fish and break into small pieces. Wash the Rice and dhal and keep aside.

Heat the oil in a suitable vessel and sauté the onions, cloves and cinnamon lightly. Add the slit green chillies, whole peppercorns, cumin powder and chillie powder and sauté for a few minutes. Add the rice and dhal and mix well. Now add 6 cups of the fish soup / stock, lime juice / vinegar, sultanas, chopped coriander leaves and salt and cook on high heat till boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered till the rice and dhal are cooked and slightly pasty. Gently mix in the cooked fish, butter / ghee and the hard-boiled eggs. Cover and let the rice draw in the fish for a few minutes. Serve hot or cold with Chutney or Lime Pickle.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MUTTON / LAMB DUMPOKE ( MUTTON DUMPUKHT )


















MUTTON / LAMB DUMPOKE (MUTTON DUMPUKHT)
‘DUMPOKE’ is the Anglicized name for “Dum Pukht” which literally means to cook over low heat in a tightly sealed utensil. Dum’ means to ‘breathe in’ and ‘Pukht’ to 'cook'. Dum Pukht cooking uses a round, heavy -bottomed pot, in which food is tightly sealed and cooked over a slow fire. The process of slow roasting gently persuades each spice / ingredient to release its maximum flavor. By cooking slowly in its juices, the food retains all its natural aromas and becomes imbued with the richness of flavors that distinguishes the dish. This dish was very famous in the olden days 
 Serves 6     Time required: approx 1 hour
Ingredients
¾ kg tender Mutton or lamb cut into medium size pieces
2 onions chopped finely
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
3 green chillies
4 cloves
2 cardamoms
6 black pepper corns
2 one inch pieces cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 cup cream or yogurt
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
Marinate the meat with chillie powder, cumin powder, ginger garlic paste, coriander leaves, mint, green chillies, salt and yogurt / cream and leave in the fridge for about 6 hours or overnight.
 Heat oil in a suitable thick bottomed pan and add the onions, cloves, cardamoms, bay leaves, cinnamon, and pepper corns and sauté for a minute. Add the marinated meat. Stir fry for about 5 to 7 minutes till the pieces become firm and the oil separates from the mixture. Add 2 cups of water and close the pan with a tight fitting lid. cook on low heat without opening the pan for about 30 minutes till the meat is cooked and the gravy is a quite thick. Garnish with chopped Coriander leaves. Serve with dinner Rolls or Bread and steamed vegetables.
 Note: You could substitute the Mutton or lamb with beef, veal, chicken, duck etc


Friday, July 17, 2015

BREAD PUDDING



















BREAD PUDDING – THE POOR MAN’S PUDDING

Bread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert that had its humble beginnings in the 13th century in England. It was first known as a "poor man's pudding" as it was created as a means of making use of stale left over bread for poor people to eat. It was just moistened in water, to which a little sugar, spices and other ingredients were added.  Today after it has passed through so many centuries, we think of bread Pudding as a Rich Treat. For those unfamiliar with this dish, (which I’m sure there aren’t many), bread pudding is typically made the British way, by soaking slices of bread cut into cubes in a mixture of milk, egg, and sugar; adding raisins and spices and baking or steaming the mixture. Actually its taste is not that much different from French toast, except more moist. Bread pudding can also be made into a Savoury dish as well by substituting sugar and raisins with chopped tomatoes, green chillies or capsisums / chillie peppers etc. You could experiment and make your own tasty pudding. Of course, one’s choice of bread, the addition of optional ingredients, and the details of preparation can make bread pudding into art form. Bread pudding can be made into a rich heavy dessert or just a simple light dish that even an invalid can digest. The possibilities are endless. Try out the recipes given below. 
OLD FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING
Serves 6     Time required: 1 hour
Ingredients
3 cups Milk                                                      
8 slices of bread cut into cubes
200 grams butter
200 grams sugar
2 beaten eggs
 1/4 tsp salt
200 grams raisins and chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla essence

Heat milk to scalding, and pour over the bread cubes. Set aside to cool for some time then add all the other ingredients. Add more milk if too dry. Pour into a buttered baking pan or dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Serve warm with Ice Cream or Vanilla Sauce 
The same pudding can be steamed in a pressure cooker as well.

Monday, July 13, 2015

ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST BY BRIDGET WHITE


ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST  BY BRIDGET WHITE


ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST  is a comprehensive and unique collection of easy-to-follow Recipes of popular and well loved Anglo-Indian dishes. The repertoire is rich and vast, ranging from Roasts, Cutlets, Croquettes, Pasties, etc, to mouth watering Curries, Side Dishes, Spicy Fries, Foogaths, Biryani and Pilafs, Pickles, Chutneys etc, picking up plenty of hybrids along the way. The sumptuous Anglo-Indian dishes such as Yellow Coconut Rice and Mince Ball (Kofta) Curry / Bad Word Curry, Pepper Water, Mulligatawny Soup, Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Railway Mutton Curry, Dak Bungalow Curry, Crumbed Lamb Chops, Anglo-Indian Masala Chops, Pepper Steaks, Beef Country Captain, Ding Ding, Stews, Duck Buffat, Almorth, Brinjal Pickle, Salt Fish Pickle, Fish Padda, etc, which were very popular in the olden days will take one on an exotic nostalgic journey to Culinary Paradise. 

ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST was selected as the ‘WINNER FROM INDIA’ under the Category: ‘BEST CULINARY HISTORY BOOK’  by GOURMAND INTERNATIONAL SPAIN, GOURMAND WORLD COOK BOOKS AWARDS 2012  


Monday, June 29, 2015

MACKEREL FISH CURRY













MACKEREL FISH CURRY

Serves 6     Time required: 45 minutes

Ingredients

6 medium size mackerels cleaned and cut down the stomach
2 big onions chopped finely                                   
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste 
1 cup thick coconut milk     
3 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder                                      
2 teaspoons coriander powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder 
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil 


Keep the mackerels whole or cut them in half. Clean the mackerels well and fry each one lightly with a pinch of turmeric to make it firm. Keep aside. 
Heat the oil in a shallow vessel and fry the  onions till golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic paste, chillie powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and a little water and fry well for some time.  Add the Coconut Milk, salt, and a little more water and bring to boil. Add the mackerels and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes. 
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and slit green chilies 
Serve with Rice or chapattis.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GRANDMA’S COUNTRY CAPTAIN CHICKEN


















GRANDMA’S COUNTRY CAPTAIN CHICKEN

Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken was a very popular dish during Colonial times. In those days, authentic well-fed, homegrown country fowls and chickens were used in its preparation,. The dish would take at least 2 hours to cook over a firewood oven till the meat was sufficiently tender, but the curry when done, would be rich and delicious. Legend has it, that this wonderful curry dish was first prepared by the grandmother of a British Army Captain especially for her favourite Grandson using her own home grown Country Fowls. Hence the name Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken
However, there's another version which says that this particular dish was cooked on Country River Steamers and Boats, making use of the water fowls and ducks. .It was purported to be served as a special dish at the Captain's table for his special guests which could have been the British Officers at the time. Here is my Nana’s recipe for Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken

Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken
Serves 6 Preparation Time 30 minutes
1 kg chicken cut into medium size pieces
3 large onions sliced finely
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
2 sticks cinnamon
4 cloves
2 cardamoms
6 or 8 whole pepper corns
1 Dry Red Chillie broken into bits
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons tomato puree or tomato sauce

Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions and chopped garlic lightly. Add the chicken and mix in the ginger garlic paste. Saute for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the chillie powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, red chillie, pepper corns, tomato puree / sauce and salt. Mix well and cook for a few minutes till the chicken becomes firm, Add 2 cups of water and cook till the chicken is tender and the gravy is quite thick.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with rice or bread.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

ANGLO-INDIAN CRAB VINDALOO




                                     Crab Vindaloo
Serves 6   Preparation Time 45 minutes
Ingredients
6 to 8 medium sized crabs or 5 big ones cleaned and shelled
2 medium sized onions chopped
2 teaspoons chillie powder
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic paste
2 tablespoons vinegar
Salt to taste
2 tomatoes pureed or chopped finely
2 tablespoons oil

Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till light brown.  Add the garlic paste and sauté for a while. Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, tomato puree and salt and fry for some time.  Add the crabs and the vinegar and mix well.  Add a just a little more water and cook till the gravy is slightly thick.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

OLD HAND WRITTEN RECIPES FOR PALAU - MY GRANDMOTHER'S RECIPES




MY GRANDMA’S OLD HAND WRITTEN RECIPES FOR PALAU
 I have a small collection of cookery books published in India in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were scores of this type of book written for British housewives who were new residents in India. The books are mainly concerned with cooking British food under Indian conditions but some of the books include chapters on cooking curries, kebabs, koftas and  ‘PULOW” (which we now spell as “PALAU’)
I also have a good collection of hand written recipes on bits and pieces of paper that are now falling apart, that have been passed down through generations. There are many recipes where the quantities of ingredients for a particular recipe are mentioned as ‘3 pice ginger, 6 pice cuscus (Kus Kus), 3 pi e cuddalay, ½ anna coriander leaves,41/2 tin pots of water, etc etc. This was exactly how recipes were written in those early days only because, the ingredients for each meal / dish was procured or bought FRESH each day. The corner shops would sell the ingredients in small quantities and the house wife in those days would send the domestic help with a small chit stating the item to be purchased with the price (how many pies or annas) and the cooking would then start for the day. None of the fresh ingredients were bought in bulk and stored as refrigerators etc were yet to be invented. Only the Meat Safe and Doolies were used to keep cooked food safe from Cats and mice over night
 In those days the quantities for each ingredient of a particular dish was specified by its price or in the vernacular weight. The “Tin Pot” for measuring water is the old Cigarette Tin that was used as a measure. I’m appending a photograph of a meat Palau from my grandmother’s collection where her quantities for the ingredients are a mix of all the old measurements of weight as well as in annas. I’m sure many of us have similar recipe books which our grand mom’s wrote in those early times bearing testimony to the long period of evolution that out Anglo-Indian Cuisine has passed through many hundreds of years to what it is today. Hats off to our ancestors! Just what would we have done without them if they hadn’t recorded for posterity, the pioneering dishes of our Community. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NANA'S BO BO FRY / GRANDMA'S CHICKEN FRY















Ok its now time for an simple and tasty Chicken Fry which I fondly call as NANA'S BO BO FRY. This recipe was my Mum's recipe (which was  a hand me down from her mum)  for a simple Fowl (Chicken) Fry. As little children growing up in Kolar Gold Fields, we loved this Chicken fry  and it was always known as Nana’s Bobo Fry. (We reared our own hens and poultry in those days so the Country Fowls or hens took longer to cook but tasted heavenly). I've adapted the recipe to suit the Farm variety of Broiler chickens  we get now a days. The butter or ghee that was added at the end together with fried curry leaves and raw Onion Rings enhanced the taste of the dish. This versatile dish could be served as a starter or appetizer or as a side dish with Rice. 

Serves 6   Preparation Time and cooking 45 minutes
Ingredients

1 medium sized chicken washed and cut into fairly big pieces
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
2 onions ground into a paste
 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
8 or 10 curry leaves and 2 dry red chillies to garnish (Fry in a teaspoon of butter or ghee) 

Rinse the chicken and make deep cuts in the flesh with a sharp knife. In a bowl mix all the ingredients mentioned above and marinate the chicken with this mixture for 2 hours. Transfer to a suitable pan and cook on low heat till the chicken is tender and semi-dry. Mix in a teaspoon of butter or ghee and let the dish rest for about 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with fried curry leaves and broken red chillies . Serve with raw Onion Rings as a side dish or a snack

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ANGLO-INDIAN PRAWN VINDALOO





















ANGLO-INDIAN PRAWN VINDALOO
A simple dish of Prawns or Shrimps cooked Anglo-Indian Style. A tasty and delicious  lunch or Dinner Dish. The tangy taste of tomatoes and vinegar will surely make you take second helpings.
Serves 6   Preparation Time  45 minutes
Ingredients
½ kg fresh prawns shelled and de-veined
2 medium sized onions chopped
2 teaspoons chillie powder
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
2 tablespoons vinegar
Salt to taste
2 tomatoes pureed or chopped finely
2 tablespoons oil

Wash the prawns well and keep aside.  Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till light brown.  Add the giner garlic paste and sauté for a while. Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, tomato and salt and fry for some time.  Add the prawns and the vinegar and mix well.  Add a little more water and cook till the gravy is slightly thick and the prawns are cooked. Serve with rice or bread.
This Recipe is featured in my Cookery Book ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

ANGLO-INDIAN PLAIN PEPPER WATER



















ANGLO-INDIAN PLAIN PEPPER WATER
Pepper water ( Rasam in local parlance)  invariably forms part of the afternoon meal in Anglo-Indian Homes. It’s usually had with plain white rice and accompanied by either a meat, poultry, or a seafood dish that is generally a dry fry. Pepper water should always be of a watery consistency. Since its good digestive as well, some people like to drink a cup of pepper water after a meal. Here is a simple step by step Recipe for preparing tasty Anglo-Indian Pepper Water. This recipe is featured in my Recipe Book ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST. 
Serves 6 Preparation Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 teaspoon pepper powder  
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder
Salt to taste
½ cup tamarind juice extracted from a small ball of tamarind or 2 teaspoons tamarind paste   
Cook all the above with 3 or 4 cups of water in a vessel on high heat till it boils. Reduce the heat and cook on low heat for about 5 or 6 minutes. Season as follows with the under mentioned ingredients which should be used whenever a dish is to be seasoned/ tempered.

FOR THE TEMPERING / SEASONING:
I small onion sliced
2 red chilies broken into bits
1 teaspoon chopped garlic crushed roughly
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
A few curry leaves
2 teaspoons oil


Heat the oil in a suitable vessel and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the curry leaves, onion, crushed garlic and red chilies and sauté for a few minutes.  Pour the cooked pepper water into this and simmer for 2 minutes.  Turn off the heat.  Serve hot with rice and any dry side dish such as Meat Pepper Fry, Meat Jalfrazie, Chicken Fry, Fried Fish or Prawns or a piece of fried Salt fish 

Friday, January 30, 2015

LIVER AND ONION FRY

















A simple Anglo-Indian Dish. The sliced onions enhance the flavour and taste of the diced sauteed liver. It can be served as a side dish with Steamed Rice and Pepper water or Dhal or a starter / snack as liver on toast which was the rage during the British Colonial Raj. It tastes best when served 'Sizzling Hot'. By the way, even Doctors  recommend eating liver, as its rich in Iron, Copper, Minerals, Vitamins especially Vitamins A and B 12 for those suffering from anemia and low BP

LIVER AND ONION FRY 
Serves 6   Preparation Time 40 minutes
Ingredients
½ kg lamb / mutton /beef  / Chicken liver sliced thinly
4 large onions sliced
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 teaspoon pepper powder 
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder

Wash the liver well. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions lightly. 
Add the sliced liver, ginger garlic paste, salt turmeric powder, chillie powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and pepper powder and mix well. 
Cover and simmer on low heat till the liver is cooked.  
Add a little water while cooking if gravy is required.  
Serve hot with Rice and Pepper Water, or as a side dish with Toast or bread.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

BRIDGET WHITE - ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Back with the British Bite 
Food is not unlike fashion and the old often comes back into vogue. Right now, you could say Anglo-Indian cuisine is the culinary equivalent of shift dresses, winged eyes and platform heels. The food born at the confluence of the British and Indian cooking traditions was once confined to the Anglo-Indian community, now dwindling in numbers in this country, as many leave for foreign shores. Lately, though, fare from Kolkata’s Bow Barracks, British Raj clubs and railway colonies elsewhere is enjoying the sort of popularity that causes gastro pubs, standalone restaurants and even five-star outlets to put it on their menus.

They borrowed the title of the unique food festival from the well-known glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases which came into use during the British rule. “We kept some of the dishes authentic, while tweaking others to turn them into bar foods,” says Chef Varun. So the popular panthras—mince-stuffed crepe rolls that are crumb-fried—stay true to the original, while the Chingree Samosa is an innovation of prawn Balchao enclosed in flaky pastry and served with mango chutney. To drink, what could be more appropriate than a gimlet or a pink gin of the kind the memsaabs may have sipped a century or more ago.
With more restaurants coming forward to showcase Anglo-Indian cuisine, Bridget White, author of seven cookbooks, including Anglo-Indian Cuisine: A Legacy of Flavours from the Past and Anglo-Indian Delicacies, is much in demand for her expertise. “While it may, on the surface, seem to be merely about adding an Indian touch to a British dish, or the other way around, Anglo-Indian food is subtle and nuanced,” says Bridget. “The combination of spices for each dish is different and must always be freshly prepared if you want to stay true to the original. Masalas are used to enhance the key ingredients, not to distract from them,” she says. Authenticity is also destroyed when too many regional flavours influence the dishes, she says, adding that these are challenges for the chefs attempting to recreate Anglo-Indian fare.
One of the recent Anglo-Indian food festivals she helped with was at the Taj West End in Bangalore, which celebrated 125 years with a series of events celebrating its British Raj origins. The hotel’s executive chef, Sandip Narang, put together a menu that included such favourites as Mulligatawny, Liver and Onions, Potato Captain and Railway Mutton Cutlet. “We also created special menus to be paired with top-of-the-drawer single malts,” says Chef Narang, who revived little-known dishes and gave others a signature twist.
Chef and restaurateur Subhankar Dhar of the award-winning Esplanade in Bangalore, while working with Bengali classics, is also a specialist in the unique cuisine of Kolkata, which has strong Anglo-Indian influences.  “Anyone growing up in Kolkata as I did, knows and loves the dishes of the Anglo-Indian community there. I remember, in particular, the amusingly titled Bubble and Squeak, Steamroller Chicken – which was flattened and crumb-fried – Bengal Lancers’ Prawn Curry and Potluck Casserole, all of which we ate in the homes of our Anglo-Indian friends,” he says. As the cuisine is still considered niche, a full-scale restaurant may not be commercially viable. “However, food festivals and special menus are a great way to celebrate these dishes,” adds Subhankar.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PORK PEPPER SAUSAGES


RECIPE FOR PORK PEPPER SAUSAGES

Ingredients
1 kg Ground pork (add a sufficient amount of small finely cut pieces of Fat to the mince)
2 pieces cinnamon about 1 inch each 
4 cloves 
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons pepper corns 
1 teaspoon garlic paste
2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (optional)
Sufficient quantity of casing for stuffing the sausages

Roughly powder the cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together well and stuff into the casing. Grill or Fry when required. These sausages should be kept in the refrigerator and used up within 2 weeks as no preservatives have been used.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

BROWN WINDSOR SOUP





















BROWN WINDSOR SOUP
Brown Windsor soup is a hearty meat soup which is a legacy of the British to us. Its generally prepared with either Beef or Lamb Steaks, and vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, turnips etc. Traditionally a cup of Red Wine or Madeira is to be stirred into the soup before serving it at the table. This soup is a whole meal in itself with a couple of slices of toast.

 Serves 6     Preparation and Cooking Time : 1 hour
Ingredients  

2 tablespoons butter
½ kg tender beef or lamb cut into steaks
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 or 3 parsnips or turnips peeled and sliced (optional)
1 cup cauliflower florets
2 tablespoons plain flour / maida
2 pieces of cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper / pepper powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup Red wine (optional)


Cut the beef and mutton into small very pieces and then roll in the flour. Heat the butter in a suitable pan and add the sliced onions and cinamon and fry till the onions turn light brown. Add the cut vegetables and  the beef or mutton steaks and stir fry for about 5 minutes till the meat turns brown.  Add all the other ingredients and about 8 to 10 cups of water and simmer on low heat for about one hour or till the meat is well cooked. Remove the meat and keep aside. Puree the soup through a sieve or strainer. Mix in the cooked meat and a glass of red wine or maderia. Serve the soup piping hot with assorted breads and rolls.