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Saturday, April 13, 2019


There's nothing quite like sharing generous slices of mouthwatering homemade cake with family or friends at Easter. A simple recipe for a melt in the mouth Vanilla Sponge Cake with creamy butter icing which would leave one craving for more than a slice. (I made this cake and the Easter Eggs for a feature in the Bangalore Mirror for the Easter Sunday Edition)
250 grams plain flour or Maida                 
200 grams powdered sugar
250 grams unsalted butter                                         
4 eggs beaten well
½ cup milk                                                    
1teaspoon baking powder
1.5 teaspoons vanilla essence
¼ teaspoon salt
 Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together.
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Add the beaten eggs and vanilla essence and mix well.
Fold in the flour a little at a time till well combined
Add a little milk if the mixture is too thick.
Pour into a greased and floured cake tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes till the cake is done.
Remove from the tin when cold by inverting over a plate.
Keep aside for at least a day before Icing it.
Beat 200 grams butter and 500 grams icing sugar together until creamy.
Add one teaspoon vanilla essence and 2 drops pink or any other food colour of your choice.
Using a spatula, cover the cake with the butter icing. 
Then with a wet fork make soft peaks across the surface of the icing.
Decorate as desired

Sunday, April 7, 2019


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 and was prepared with rice, lentils, raisins, nuts, parsley, etc along with the addition of steamed Fish Flakes and hardboiled eggs. In the early days fillets or flakes of steamed or smoked haddock or Halibut made up the combination (but later Salmon, kippers or tuna was used instead). 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.
 During the time of the Raj, Fish, either steamed or fried was a regular item for breakfast and the local khansamas and cooks tried to incorporate it with local dishes. Eventually the Fish Kedegeree became a hot cooked spicy dish, with the addition of various spices and was invariably included in the breakfast menu all over the Commonwealth. It is still very popular all over the world.  Minced meat, boiled eggs, chopped ham, etc, could also be added instead of steamed fish.
It’s been also said that this dish ‘Kedgeree” was first introduced by the Scottish Soldiers in Army Camps in Calcutta.

2 cups raw rice
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
3 onions sliced finely
3 green chillies sliced lengthwise
½ cup Red Lentils (masur dal)
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
½ kg good fleshy fish cut into thick fillets (The Fish could be substituted with Ham, boiled and shredded chicken, Cooked Mincemeat, etc.)

Heat the oil in a suitable pan 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 washed rice and lentils and mix well.
Now add 6 cups of water, 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 lentils are cooked and slightly pasty.
Gently mix in either chopped ham, shredded chicken, steamed fish pieces, etc, along with the butter or  ghee and the hard-boiled eggs.
Cover and let the rice rest for a few minutes.
Serve hot or cold with any side dish or Lime Pickle.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


 Piccalilli is a raw pickle or relish of chunks of mixed vegetables such as onions, cabbage, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, gherkins, etc, in vinegar with a dash of turmeric, mustard sauce and chillie power. In the earlier days, it was usually eaten with cold meats, roasts, sausages, corned beef, etc. It is believed that this pickled relish was first introduced in the middle of the 18th Century.
I’m attaching photos of the recipe of Piccalilli taken from Mrs Beaton’s Book “ALL ABOUT COOKERY” New Edition published in 1913. My mum had a similar handwritten recipe that is easier to make which is slightly different to Mrs. Beaton’s. You could use any vegetables of your choice.
Basically, Piccalilli is just fermented vegetables. As every one knows fermented foods are good for the stomach.

1 cup cauliflower florets
1 small cabbage chopped into medium size chunks
1 cup chopped green beans (about one inch pieces)
1 cup sliced carrots
4 red chillies broken into bits
2 green chillies sliced in half
Salt as required 
2 teaspoons cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 
1 teaspoon mustard powder or paste
2 tea cups white vinegar or malt vinegar 
6 teaspoons sugar
3 cloves garlic (crushed)

Place all the above ingredients in a suitable bowl and stir well. Cover and leave in a cool place for a few hours. The Cabbage and other vegetables begin to give out water.
Spoon the Vegetables into an air tight jar and press down firmly so that the liquid rises up to cover the vegetables. Let it be for a few days till the vegetables begin to wilt due to fermentation. You could keep the jar outside or in the fridge. Use as a relish or pickle with your curry and rice.
Note: The vinegary liquid should always cover the top of the vegetables so use more vinegar if desired. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019



The Hyatt Centric, Bangalore is holding an Anglo-Indian Food Festival - ‘Colonial Capers from the Cantonment’ from 22nd February to 3rd March 2019 - bringing back Nostalgic and Culinary Delights of old Colonial Anglo-Bangalore at their Bengaluru Brasserie.
I am assisting them in bringing back to life the old Colonial and popular Anglo-Indian dishes that will take one back down memory lane of the by-gone Era. I have curated 5 special menus of the old popular dishes for a ’la Carte Lunches and Buffet Dinners. The special dishes from this festival include Colonial Dishes such as the Railway Mutton Curry, The Dak Bungalow Curry, Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Potato Chops, Colonel Standhurst’s Beef Curry, Pork Country Captain, Bengal lancer’s Shrimp Curry, Pork Bhooni, Meat Jal Frezie, Devil Pork Curry, etc, and typical Anglo-Indian Dishes such as Saffron Coconut Rice, Junglee Pilaf, Meat Ball Curry (Bad Word Curry), Devil Chutney, Doll Curies, Vegetable Curries and side dishes, etc.

The Menu varies slightly each day both for lunch and the dinner buffet so that a wider variety of Anglo-Indian Dishes are featured. 

A selection of the set menu that was served for lunch consisted of the following:
Starters were Pepper Chicken Bites, Vegetable Panthras (crumbfried panrolls stuffed with sautéed veggies) and lamb mince Potato Chops. Mains took us to Railway Mutton Curry, Anglo-Indian Meat Ball Curry or Bad Word Curry, Anglo-Indian Doll Curry (Dhal was always pronounced as Doll by us), Pepper Ladyfingers Fry (Bandy Coy) and Saffron Yellow Coconut Rice) and White Steamed Rice. A selection of Anglo-Indian pickles and relishes and our very own Devil Chutney added zing to the meal together with short glasses of Anglo-Indian Pepper Water. The Superb meal was rounded off with a selection of desserts such as steamed ginger pudding, bread pudding, Trifle and Kal Kals served portion wise. 

A selection of the dishes on the Buffet at the on-going Anglo-Indian Food Festival at the Hyatt Centric Bangalore were:

Starters and short eats from the Live counter such as Pepper Chicken Bites, Corriander Chicken Nibbles, Cutlets, Lamb Mince Panthras, Vegetable Panthras (Crumb-fried pan-rolls stuffed with sautéed lamb mince or veggies) and lamb mince Potato Chops.

The Buffet had Mulligatawny Soup, Meat and Vegetable Broth, Army Camp Soup, Lantil Soup, Chicken in Red Wine, Country Captain, Railway Mutton Curry, Dak Bungalow Chicken, Fish in Green Masala, Pork Vindaloo, Junglee Pulaf, Anglo-Indian Pepper Water, Meat and Vegetable Broth, Beef Chops, Pepper Chicken, Fish Curry, Lady Finger Pepper Fry, Drumstick and Potato Curry, Tomato Pulaf, Cheesy Cauliflower Bake, Saffron Coconut Rice, Bad Word Curry, etc. etc, etc along with mouth-watering Desserts such as Trifle Pudding, Bread and Butter Pudding, Blancmange, Embassy Pudding, Pears stewed in Red Wine etc, etc, along with a wide selection of breads and buns - a real feast at the Dinner Buffet

All credit goes to Chef Manish, Chef Babu Ram, Chef Debaditya and their team for their excellent interpretation of my recipes, and bringing out these old delicacies perfectly each day. Chef Manish adds his own special touches to make the whole experience memorable. Not forgetting Anum Ajani, Preetam Rai, and all at the Hyatt Centric Bangalore. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019


1 kg oxtail cut into medium pieces
3 onions chopped
3 big tomatoes ground or pureed
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
3 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon pepper powder
1 piece cinnamon
2 teaspoons garlic paste
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Pressure cook the oxtail till soft with sufficient water.  
Heat oil and fry the cinnamon and onions till golden brown.  Add the garlic paste and sauté for some time.  Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and fry well with a little vinegar. Add a little water if rquired.
Add the pureed tomato and continue frying till the oil separates from the mixture. Add the remaining vinegar and the cooked oxtail together with the remaining stock / soup and cook till the gravy is thick. 
Serve hot with rice or bread or even hoppers.

Friday, January 18, 2019



A Simple Fish Fry suing minimal ingredients. It makes a good accompaniment to Steamed rice and Pepper water or Dal Curry. It could also be served with bread and chips. Makes a good starter as well.

6 slices of any good fleshy fish (I used pomfret slices) 
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1/2  teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon semolina or sooji (optional) 
4 tablespoons oil for frying
Wash the fish and coat it with the chillie powder, salt, semolina and turmeric powder.  
Heat oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the pieces about 3 at a time, till nice and brown on both sides.  
Serve with bread and chips. This is also a good accompaniment to pepper water and rice.