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COLONIAL ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE FOOD PROMOTION EVENT AT K 3, J W MARRIOTT HOTEL NEW DELHI AEROCITY – THE MEMSAHIB’S KITCHEN

COLONIAL ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE FOOD PROMOTION EVENT AT K 3, J W MARRIOTT HOTEL NEW DELHI AEROCITY – THE MEMSAHIB’S KITCHEN

It’s been an awesome and amazing experience being part of the Colonial Anglo-Indian Food Promotion Event #thememsahibskitchen at K3, J W Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity.

Thank you so much J W Marriott Hotel for giving me the privilege of recreating and bringing back to life old forgotten foods and simple dishes of yore that were innovated and invented by the khansamas and cooks in those early days of the Colonial period.

The rustCollage of Bridget and Chefsic and robust flavours of dishes that were served by the cooks at the Dak Bungalows and Inspection Bungalows to the British Officers while on their official tours across the country such as the Dak Bungalow Chicken Curry and fry.

Collage of Non-Veg Dishes
The delicious Railway Lamb and Vegetable Curries that were first served on the Great Indian Peninsular Railway also known as The Blue Train that began its three day journey from Bombay’s Victoria Rail Terminus to Calcutta via Allahabad for the first time on 7th March 1870 covering a total distance of almost 4000 miles.

Collage of Vegetrian dishes
Then the East India Company legacies of lamb chops, Bread and Butter pudding, Roly Poly Jam Pudding and steamed ginger pudding, besides other dishes associated with British colonial cooking such as Kedegeree (the anglicised version of kichidi, a rice dish cooked with pulses then mixed with quartered hard boiled eggs), Rissoles, Potato Chops and Pantras, Cutlets and Croquettes.
The Portuguese legacies of Vindaloo and Tangy Curries and Sweets, the Dutch Fish and lamb Mince Friccadels and not forgetting the other old dishes such as Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, lamb Mince Ball (Kofta) Curry, Saffron Coconut Rice, Anglo-Indian Tomato Pilaf, etc.
Thank you  J W Marriot Hotel New Delhi Aerocity, Executive Chef Vikram Bhatt, Executive Sous Chef Ishika, Mr Rohit Sharma and Mr Nikhil Nair for this wonderful opportunity.
My special thanks to the wonderful team of Chef Kamal Sen, Hardik Narang, Akanksha Dean, Hitesh and others who were so eager to learn this new cuisine and recreate these old dishes for the festival. God bless you all.

ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE – A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST has been selected as WINNER FROM INDIA under the category BEST CULINARY HISTORY BOOK by GOURMAND INTERNATIONAL COOK BOOK AWARDS 2012

 

 ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE COVERANGLO-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 the outright European Cutlets, Croquettes, pasties, roasts, etc, to mouth watering Curries, Side dishes, Spicy Fries, Foogaths, Biryani and Palaus, Pickles, Chutneys etc, picking up plenty of hybrids along the way. The very names of old time favorite dishes such as Yellow Coconut Rice and Mince Ball (Kofta) Curry, Pepper water, Mulligatawny Soup, Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Railway Mutton Curry, Dak Bungalow Curry, Crumb Chops, Ding Ding, Stews, Duck Buffat, Almorth, etc, which were so popular during the Raj Era are sure to bring back nostalgic and happy memories. These popular Anglo-Indian dishes will take you on an exotic nostalgic journey to Culinary Paradise. It is a practical and easy guide to delectable cooking. The book with its clear step-by-step instructions, describes the preparation of a variety of Anglo-Indian Dishes. The easy-to-follow directions make cooking simple and problem- free.

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HOME MADE STRAWBERRY SHAPED MARZIPAN SWEETS

Mazipan sweets in Strawberry shapesMARZIPAN SWEETS

Makes 30 pieces    Preparation time 1 hour

Ingredients

 250 grams almonds                   

250 grams sugar

300 grams icing sugar                 

2 egg whites

A little rose water for grinding     

¼ teaspoon almond essence

250 grams cashew nuts  

1/4 teaspoon pink food colour        

 Grind the almonds and cashew nuts with the egg whites and rose water to a smooth paste. Transfer the paste into a heavy bottomed pan and add the sugar and the pink food. Cook on low heat stirring all the time till the mixture forms a soft ball. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar. Knead till it forms a dry ball. Divide the mixture into even sized balls and mould into strawberry shapes.

THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF COCKTAIL

This is an old Colonial recipe for a very popular Cocktail served in most Clubs and institutes during the British Raj. It was most probably named after a Commander-in-chief who forgot that he had to drive back home after consuming this exotic cocktail.
150 ml Red Wine
150 ml White Wine
200 ml Soda Water
90 ml Brandy or Rum
120 ml champagne (Optional)
90 ml whiskey (Optional)
1 litre Water
500 grams crushed Ice
A few mint leaves for garnishing
Sugar to taste (Optional)

Mix the Wine, Soda, Brandy/Rum and Water in a large Punch Bowl and mix well. Add the crushed ice and if desired a tablespoon of sugar. Garnish with Mint leaves.

EGGLESS TEA CAKE

200 grams flour / maida
200 grams butter
1 tin condensed milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda bicarbonate / baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Sieve flour, baking powder and soda bicarbonate together and keep aside. Mix butter and condensed milk together. Add vanilla essence. Slowly add the flour. Beat lightly till well mixed. Pour into a greased baking tin and bake in a moderate oven for about 25 minutes.

Green Masala Fish Fry

1 kg good fleshy fish cut into thick slices
2 teaspoons garlic paste
1 medium size bunch coriander leaves
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 green chillies
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar

Grind the green chillies and green coriander together to a paste. Mix in the cumin powder, garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder and vinegar. Marinate the fish slices with this paste and keep aside for half an hour. Heat oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the fish on both sides till brown. Serve with Rice and Pepper water or Bread.

FISH CROQUETTES / CUTLETS

300 grams good fleshy fish fillets
2 teaspoons chopped mint
1 teaspoon pepper powder
Salt to taste2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg beaten
Yolk of one egg
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes

Wash the fish and cook in a little water with some salt till soft. Remove from the heat and cool. When cold mash the fish with a fork. Mix in the mashed potatoes, mint, pepper, salt, sauce, butter and the egg yolk. Form into croquettes (cigar shape). Heat oil in a flat pan. Dip each croquette in the beaten egg, roll in bread crumbs then shallow fry on both sides till brown.
Drain and serve with mashed potatoes

RAGI PANCAKES

Ragi or Finger Millet is an annual plant (Eleusine coracana) in the grass family. It is native to the Old World tropics especially Ethiopia. It was introduced in India about 4000 years ago and is an important cereal in India and Africa. It is rich in proteins, calcium, iron, minerals, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre. The Ragi or Finger millet grain is ground to a fine flour and can be used in the preparation of various dishes such as porridge, pan cakes or dosas, rotis / chapattis/ cakes, dumplings or idlis, etc. In Nepal and many parts of Africa, the grain is made into a fermented drink like beer. Ragi has cooling effect on the body. So it should be eaten in moderation in winter, or if you are eating it for the first time. Here are some delightful old recipes using Ragi which are extremely easy to prepare.

SWEET RAGI CAKE /ROTI

1 Cup ragi flour
3 tablespoons jaggery (dissolved in a cup of water)
1 cup fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut
4 or 5 cardamoms pounded
A pinch of salt.
Oil for frying

Strain the jaggery water into another cup. Mix the ragi flour, coconut, cardamoms, salt and jaggery water together to form a soft dough. Heat a flat pan and smear some oil on it. Take small portions of the prepared dough and flatten on a plastic sheet or the back of a plate to form a small chapatti or roti. Drizzle oil around the roti / cake and cover with a plate or lid. Cook on a low flame till cooked. Serve hot.

SAVOURY RAGI PANCAKES OR DOSAS

1 cup Ragi flour
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 onion finely chopped
2 teaspoon chopped curry leaves
3 green chillies chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients together with a sufficient water to form a slightly thick batter. Heat a flat nonstick pan and add a teaspoon of oil on it, then wipe it with a piece of cloth. When the pan is sufficiently hot pour a ladle ful of the batter in the middle then spread to form a dosa or pancake. Cook on low heat till done. Serve with any curry, chutney or pickle.

Meat Glazie (Fruity Meat Curry)

Serves 6
Preparation Time 1 hour
Ingredients
1 Kg beef / mutton/ lamb cut into medium size pieces
4 tomatoes chopped or pureed
3 large onions sliced finely
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic paste
2 tablespoons bottled Sweet Mango Chutney or Sweet Lime Chutney or 2 tablespoons Honey or 2 tablespoons chopped Ripe Papaya or Pineapple
1 teaspoon vinegar
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a Pressure cooker or a suitable pan and fry the onions till they look glassy. Add the meat, chillie powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, salt and vinegar and mix well. Fry on high heat for about 5 minutes. Add the Fruit pieces / Sweet chutney / Honey and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till the meat is tender and the gravy thickens. The curry will have a slightly fruity, sweetish taste.

DING DING (SAVOURY SUN DRIED MEAT CRISPIES)

1 kg beef from the shank end of the leg  (cut into very thin slices)

3 or 4 teaspoons pepper powder  

2 teaspoons chilly powder

3 teaspoons salt                            

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Wash the meat and marinate with the pepper powder, salt and chilly powder and turmeric powder for 2 or 3 hours.  String the pieces of meat on a string and hang to dry.  (Alternately the marinated meat could be placed on a flat plate and kept in the sunlight to dry). The pieces should be dried thoroughly.  Store in an airtight container and use whenever required at a later date.

To use at a later date, soak the dried meat pieces in cold water for a couple of hours.  Beat each piece with a rolling pin and then shallow fry with a little oil. This goes well with rice and pepper water.Neighbour's house 063

My new Recipe Book…THE ANGLO-INDIAN SNACK BOX

The Anglo-Indian Snack Box CoverTHE ANGLO-INDIAN SNACK BOX is a collection of simple and easy to follow recipes of tasty snacks, short eats, nibbles and finger food. The repertoire covers a variety of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian snacks which includes savouries, sandwiches,wraps, rolls, pastries, sweets etc and can easily be prepared from ingredients commonly available at home

Pork Mince Curry Puffs

For the Dough:

250 grams refined flour or Maida

50 grams butter,

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 kg oil for frying.

For the Filling:

½ kg Pork Mince or Boneless Pork without fat cut into tiny pieces

2 teaspoons chilly powder

2 medium size onions (chopped)

2 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

½  teaspoon ginger paste

½  teaspoon garlic paste

2 green chillies chopped

 Sift the flour with a teaspoon of salt and baking powder. Mix the butter with the flour and knead into a stiff dough using very little water. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and sauté the onions lightly. Add the Pork Mince / pieces of pork, chillie powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander leaves, green chillies and salt. Stir well. Add a little water and cook on low heat till the pork is cooked and all the water dries up. Remove and keep aside to cool.

Now take the prepared pastry dough onto a floured board and rollout into a thin sheet. Cut rounds of about 10 cm diameter with a saucer. Put a little of the cooked mixture on one half of the rounds and fold the other half over. Seal the edges by dampening with a little water. Prepare the puffs in this way till all the dough and chicken is used up.

Heat oil for frying in a fairly deep pan till smoky. Slowly drop in the puffs one by one     (as many as the pan can hold). Fry till crisp and brown on both sides. Remove from the oil and drain. Serve hot

Fried Pork Loin Strips

Serves 6     

Preparation Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 kg boneless Pork Loin cut into long thin slices

½ cup flour or maida

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 teaspoons pepper powder

Marinate the Pork strips with the vinegar, flour, salt, pepper and butter and set aside for about one hour. Heat oil in a pan and simmer the pork strips turning over occasionally till tender and well browned all over. Add some water while cooking if required. Serve as a side dish with other curries and rice.

DEVILLED PORK CHOPS

1 kg Pork Chops                                           

4 green chilies ground to a paste

2 teaspoons lime juice                                  

1 teaspoon mustard powder

3 tablespoons Worcestershire / Soya sauce  

1 teaspoon chillie powder

1 teaspoon Coriander powder                      

 Salt to taste

2 tablespoons oil                                            

1 teaspoon peppercorns

3 onions sliced finely                                     

2 tablespoons vinegar

3 Potatoes boiled and cut into halves

Marinate the chops with all the above ingredients except the oil and onions for about one hour.  Heat oil in a suitable pan and fry the onions till golden brown.  Add the pork chops and mix well. Cook on high heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups water and simmer on low heat till the chops are tender and the gravy is thick. Add the Potatoes and mix once. Serve with Rice or bread

Hurry Burry Chicken Curry

Serves 6 

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 kg chicken jointed and cut into medium size pieces

A small bunch of coriander leaves washed and chopped

2 large onions chopped

2 tomatoes chopped                              

½ teaspoon tumeric powder

2 or 3 teaspoons chilly powder                   

2 cloves, 2 pieces of cinnamon, 2 cardamoms, 1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon ginger paste

1 teaspoon garlic paste                 

3 tablespoons oil         

Salt to taste                                                  

1teaspoon cumin powder

Heat oil in a pan and add the onions, Fry till golden brown. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, tomato, ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes. Now add the chicken, salt, chilly powder, tumeric powder and cumin powder and fry for some time till the oil separates from the masala.  Add sufficient water and cook till the chicken is done and the gravy is thick