All posts by Bridget White-Kumar

My name is Bridget white-Kumar residing in Bangalore, India. I'm a self published Author of 7 Cookery books specializing in Anglo-Indian Cuisine. I'm also an Independent Food Consultant & Trainer in Colonial Anglo-Indian Cuisine. Besides conducting training sessions in Anglo-Indian Cuisine, I also help curate Menus, Anglo-Indian Food festivals and Pop Ups, where I show case forgotten dishes of the British Raj such as the Dak Bungalow and Railway Cuisine of yester years.

MIXED VEGETABLE FOOGATH

Mixed Veg Foogath

MIXED VEGETABLE FOOGATH

The Anglo-Indian term for a generic stir-fried vegetable side dish. Fresh mixed veggies seasoned with mustard and curry leaves and garnished with grated coconut

Ingredients

½ kg string beans chopped finely

3 tender carrots chopped into small pieces

1 cup cauliflower florets

½ cup grated coconut

3 red chilies broken into bits

¼ teaspoon mustard seeds

A few curry leaves

Boil the chopped beans, cauliflower and carrots for about 5 minutes with some water.  Strain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the red chilies and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds. Now toss in the boiled vegetables.  Add salt and coconut and mix well. Stir-fry for a few minutes and then take down.

 

ANGLO-INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL AT THE HYATT CENTRIC BANGALORE


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.

MEAT PEPPER FRY

MEAT PEPPER FRY

Meat pepper Fry is a favourite and popular meat dish that is prepared very often in Anglo-Indian Homes. Its often an accompaniment with Pepper Water and Rice or Dol Curry (Dhal) and Rice. Goes well with Bread or dinner rolls or a Chapattis as wellPepper fry 6

½ kg Meat either Beef, Mutton or lamb (I used Mutton)

3 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

1 teaspoon chopped ginger

2 big onions sliced finely

3 tablespoons oil

3 large potatoes

Salt to taste

Wash the meat and keep aside.  Wash the Potatoes, peal and cut into quarters.

Heat Oil in a pan and sauté the onions and chopped ginger for a few minutes.

Add the meat, salt and pepper powder and mix well.

Fry for 5 minutes on low heat turning the meat well till the pieces get firm.

Add sufficient water and the potatoes and cook till done.

Continue simmering on low heat till all the water is absorbed and the meat and potatoes are brown.

Serve hot with bread or rice.

 

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BRAISED OX TONGUE / OX TONGUE GLACE

Ox Tongue

Braised Ox Tongue / Ox Tongue Glaze

Serves 6     Preparation Time approx 1 hour

Ingredients

1 Ox Tongue

2 onions sliced

2 Carrots peeled and diced

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon chillie powder

½ teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional)

3 tablespoons Oil

Salt to taste

Wash the Ox Tongue and boil it in salted water till tender. Cool then slice it.

Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions till slightly brown. Add the carrots, chillie powder, coriander powder, nutmeg powder, a little salt and about 4 tablespoons of the tongue stock and cook till the carrots are soft. Mash the carrots well. Now add the cooked slices of Ox Tongue and the remaining stock. Mix well and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Serve with Bread or with rice.

DRY BEEF FRY

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DRY BEEF FRY

1 kg Beef cut into small pieces

2 medium size onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon garlic garlic paste
2 pieces cinnamon bark about one inch each
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 teaspoons mild chillie powder
2 Dry Red Chillies broken into bits

1 tablespoon vinegar
Salt to taste

Marinate the meat with all the above ingredients except the onions and keep aside for 1 hour.

Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions till slightly brown. Add the marinated meat and stir fry for a few minutes till the pieces become firm.

Add 1 cup of water and mix well. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or till the meat is tender and the gravy dries up.

Keep frying on low heat till the meat is dry and dark brown.

Serve as a side dish with Rice and pepperwater.

PRAWN VINDALOO

 

prawn curry 3

Serves 6           Time required: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 kg fresh Shrimps or Prawns shelled and de-veined

2 medium sized onions chopped

2 teaspoons chillie powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder

½ teaspoon pepper powder

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste

3 tablespoons vinegar

Salt to taste

2 potatoes boiled, peeled and cut into quarters

3 tablespoons oil

 

Wash and de-vein the prawns well and keep aside.  Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till light brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for a while.  Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, pepper powder, Vinegar and salt and fry for some time till the oil separates from the mixture. Now add the prawns and mix well.  Add a little more water and cook till the gravy is slightly thick and the prawns are cooked. Mix in the boiled potatoes. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from heat. Serve with steamed rice or any Indian Bread

DRUMSTICK AND DAL CURRY (MORINGA FRUIT)

 

drumstick and dal curry 1DRUMSTICK AND DAL CURRY (Moringa) 

Serves 6      Time Required:1 hour

Ingredients

1 cup Red Lentils or Masoor Dhal

3 or 4 drumsticks peeled and cut into 2 inch piece

2 teaspoons chillie powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2 tomatoes chopped

1 teaspoon crushed garlic (optional)

Salt to taste

Ingredients For the seasoning: 1 teaspoon mustard, 2 red chilies broken into bits and a few curry leaves and 1 tablespoon oil.

Wash the Red Lentils / masoor dhal and cook it along with the tomato, chillie powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garlic with sufficient water in a pressure cooker.  When done open the cooker, add salt and some more water and mix well. Add the cut drumsticks and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes till the drumsticks are tender. Switch off the heat.

In another vessel or pan, heat oil and add the mustard, broken red chilies and crushed garlic and fry for some time. When the mustard starts spluttering, pour in the cooked dhal and mix   well. Serve with rice

 

ANGLO-INDIAN PORK BHOONIE (Pork cooked With Dill Leaves)

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PORK BHOONIE (Pork cooked With Dill Leaves)

Pork Bhuni is an old Anglo-Indian Dish that is still popular in Calcutta and West Bengal especially in the hills of Darjeeling. The term Bhooni,or Bhuni means ‘to Fry’ and comes from the Hindi Word ‘Bhuna’. In this dish the Pork is cooked along with fresh Dil Leaves and Potatoes and then simmered till done. The almost dry coating consistency of the gravy that remains on the pork together with the flavour of Fresh Dil leaves makes this Pork Dish unique.
Serves 6      Time required: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 kg Pork loin with less fat cut into medium pieces

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoon chillie powder

2 green chillies sliced lengthwise

3 onions sliced finely

1 cup chopped fresh Dill leaves (or use fenugreek / methi leaves if desired)

Salt to taste

3 Potatoes peeled and cut into quarters

3 tablespoons oil

pork bhooni 1Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a few more minutes. Add the pork, chillie powder, turmeric powder, green chillies, and Dil leaves and mix well. Stir fry for a few minutes till the meat becomes firm and the leaves shrivel up. Add the potatoes and sufficient water and simmer on low heat till the pork and potatoes are tender.

ANGLO-INDIAN DAL PEPPER WATER ( Lentils Pepper Water)

Dal Pepper wateer

Serves 6

Preparation Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 Cup Tur Dhal

2 cups of water

1onion chopped

2 teaspoons chillie powder

1large tomato chopped

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon pepper powder

1 tablespoon garlic pasteDal Pepper wateer

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

½ cup tamarind juice extracted from a small ball of tamarind or 2 teaspoons tamarind paste

Salt to taste

Cook the Tur dhal with 2 cups of water till the dhal is cooked.  Add the chillie powder, tomato, cumin powder, pepper powder, garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, tamarind juice, salt and some more water to the cooked dhal and bring to boil. Cook on low heat for a few more minutes.  Season with mustered seeds, curry leaves and crushed garlic.

CURRIED TROTTERS / TROTTERS IN GRAVY

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8 Trotters (sheep or goat) preferably the front ones

2 large tomatoes pureed

2 large onions chopped

2 teaspoons mild chillie powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

2 potatoes boiled and peeled

A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped.

Wash the trotters well and parboil it with sufficient water and a little salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker till soft.

Heat the oil in a pan and lightly sauté the onions.

Add the ginger garlic paste, chillie powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and tomato puree and mix well. Fry till the oil separates from the mixture

Add the cooked trotters and the remaining soup and mix well.

Cook on low heat till the gravy thickens

Add the boiled potatoes and mix once so that the gravy covers the potatoes

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice or bread or even dosas or hoppers.

This recipe is featured in my cookery book #ANGLO-INDIANCUISINEALEGACYOFFLAVOURSFROMTHEPAST

 

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OX TAIL VINDALOO

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Oxtail Vindaloo

1 kg oxtail cut into medium pieces

3 onions chopped

3 big tomatoes pureed

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons mild chillie powder

1 teaspoon pepper powder

1 teaspoon mustard powder

2 teaspoons garlic paste

1 cup vinegar

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

Pressure cook or slow cook the tail pieces till tender with sufficient water and a pinch of turmeric and salt. I

Heat the oil in a suitable pan and fry the onions till golden brown.

Add the garlic paste and sauté for some time.

Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, mustard powder, pepper powder and fry well with the vinegar.

Add the tomato puree and continue frying till the oil separates from the mixture.

Add the parboiled ox tail and the remaining soup and cook on low heat till the oxtail is soft and the gravy thickens.

Serve hot with rice or bread or even hoppers.

FRIKKADELS / RAW MINCE CUTLETS (DUTCH FORCED MEAT BALLS OR PATTIES)

Frikkadels

FRIKKADELS / RAW MINCE CUTLETS (DUTCH FORCED MEAT BALLS OR PATTIES)

Frikkadels or Frikadellers are a legacy of the Durch to Anglo-Indian Cuisine. Frikkadels are also known as Raw Mince Cutlets. Frikkadels are pan fried or braised meat balls or patties made with spiced ground meat or meat mince of either beef, lamb or chicken.

Ingredients

500 grams minced beef or lamb

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 cup soft breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

½ teaspoon mild chillie powder or paprika

2 tablespoon chopped parsley

2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

Salt to taste

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

4 or 5 tablespoons oil for frying

Combine all ingredients together and mix well.

Form the meatballs by rolling portions into balls and pressing down slightly to flatten them.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs on both sides.

Reduce heat and cook until the meat is no longer pink.

Serve with any sauce or chutney

ANGLO-INDIAN BEEF ROAST – TOPSIDE BEEF ROAST WITH GRAVY

Beef Roast Victoria 4

Topside and top Rump  are very lean cuts of beef that are ideal for slow roasted or pot roasted beef. The Roast Beef would eventually be very tender and succulent

Ingredients

2 kg Beef from the “Top Side or Rump Part” (one chunk)

3 large onions cut into quarters

3 teaspoons pepper powder

Salt to taste

3 dried red chillies or 1 teaspoon Paprika

2 pieces of cinnamon (about one inch size)

2 teaspoons Tomato sauce

2 teaspoons vinegar

3 tablespoons oil

3 large potatoes boiled peeled and mashed

2 tablespoons butter or ghee

Marinate the chunk of beef with salt and pepper for about one hour. Heat the oil in a big Roasting Pan and add the chunk of meat. Fry on high heat for about 3 minutes, turning the meat on all sides till it changes colour. Add the onions, tomato sauce, vinegar, dry chillies, cinnamon, and sufficient water and simmer till the meat is tender.  Strain away any excess soup and keep aside.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter or ghee and continue to simmer on low heat till the meat is nicely brown all over and the potatoes too are nicely roasted. Slice the meat and arrange on a serving platter.

Pour the remaining soup or stock back into the pan and mix in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cook till the gravy thickens, stirring all the time. Spoon this gravy on top of the slices of roast and serve the remaining gravy on the side along with Mash Potatoes.

(Alternatively the meat could be cooked in a pressure cooker till soft and then browned in a pan).

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ALMORTH OR BAFFARTH – MIXED MEAT STEW

Almorth (Mixed Merat Stew)

ALMORTH OR BUFFARTH – MIXED MEAT STEW

This dish is a mixed meat stew made with a combination of meat, chicken, pork and vegetables. It’s a very old Anglo-Indian recipe. However, any combination of meat could be used as per personal preference. The same recipe could be used with chicken only. This Stew was a must have for Christmas Breakfast in almost all Anglo-Indian Homes in the olden days and was eaten with bread or rolls.

Serves 6    Preparation Time 1 hour

Ingredients

¼ kg Beef

¼ kg mutton / lamb

½ kg chicken

¼ kg pork

A few carrots and beans chopped into medium size pieces (or any other English vegetables)

3 potatoes peeled and cut into quarters

2 teaspoons chillie powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons pepper powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

4 dry red chillies broken into pieces

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

2 pieces cinnamon

5 cloves

3 onions sliced

2 tomatoes chopped

2 tablespoons chopped mint

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons coconut paste

2 tablespoons vinegar

Cut the meat, chicken and pork into small pieces. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a suitable vessel and add the onions, cinnamon, cloves and chopped garlic. Fry till the onions turn golden brown. Add the mutton, beef, chicken and pork together with the chillie powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt coriander powder and tomatoes and mix well.  Fry till the tomatoes turn to pulp. Add the broken dry red chillies, mint and the coconut paste and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till the meat is soft. If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook for 10 minutes (6 to 8 whistles). Now add the chopped vegetables and vinegar and simmer on low heat till the vegetables are cooked and the gravy is thick. Serve with rice or bread.

ANGLO-INDIAN LAMB OR MUTTON MINCE CUTLETS

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ANGLO-INDIAN LAMB / MUTTON CUTLETS

Ingredients

½ kg fine lamb or mutton mince

1 teaspoon chopped ginger and garlic

1 medium sized onion chopped finely

2 green chilies chopped finely

1 teaspoon pepper powder

Salt to taste

A few mint leaves chopped or ½ teaspoon mint powder

3 tablespoons oil

1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

3 large potatoes

Boil the potatoes, remove the skin and mash well.  Keep aside.

In a pan add the mince, ginger, garlic, onions, mint, green chilies, pepper powder and salt with a little oil and cook till the mince is dry.

Remove from heat and cool for some time. Mix it well with the potatoes.

Form into oval or round shaped cutlets, flatten and dip in the beaten egg then roll in the breadcrumbs.

Heat the oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the cutlets on low heat till golden brown on both sides.