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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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.

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.

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