BEEF PEPPER STEAK

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BEEF PEPPER STEAKS

Ingredients

1 kg Beef Undercut cut into steaks

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

3 or 4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper powder

3 tablespoons oil

2 big onions sliced finely

2 big tomatoes chopped

Salt to taste

Marinate the steaks with the pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder in a flat plate. Pour the oil on top and keep it over night in the refrigerator (or for about 4 hours before cooking)

Pressure cook for just 5 minutes or cook in a pan for about 15 minutes.

Add the onions and tomatoes and continue frying on low heat till the tomatoes turn pulpy and the steaks are a nice dark colour.

Serve hot with boiled vegetables and bread.

Beef Pepper Steak 7

MEAT JHALFRAZIE

Meat Jhalfrazie

MEAT JHALFREZIE

Jalfrazie is a sautéd dish, which can be prepared with meat, poultry, sea food etc. The word “Jalfrazie” came from 2 words: “Jal” meaning “spicy or pungent” and “Frazie” meaning “Fried”. As in the case of almost all of our cuisine, which started out as insipid concoctions, in the days of the British Raj, the original “Jal Frezie” was bland and tasteless. The Colonial servants would fry up the leftover Christmas Turkey and Chicken Roasts with some pepper, chillies, etc., for Breakfast the next day. Over the years many more ingredients and spices were added to this dish to make it as spicy and delicious as it is today and it has become synonymous with the cuisine of West Bengal.

 Ingredients

1 kg tender Beef or Lamb cut into small pieces

3 large onions sliced

1 large capsicum / bell pepper cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon chillie powder

1 teaspoon pepper powder

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

Salt to taste

4 Dry red Chillies broken into bits

2 teaspoons ghee or butter

3 tablespoons oil

Boil the meat with turmeric powder and a little salt in sufficient water till tender. Drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions and capsicum for about 3 minutes.

Add the cooked meat, potatoes and all the ingredients and mix well. Simmer till the gravy dries up. Stir fry till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.

Meat JhalfrazieHeat the ghee in another pan and fry the dry red chillies for a minute or so.

Turn off the heat and pour over the Beef.

Serve as a side dish with rice and pepper water or with bread or rotis / chappatis.

 

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.

Beef Pepper Steaks

BEEF PEPPER STEAKS

Ingredients

1 kg Beef Undercut or Lamb cut into steaks

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

3 or 4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper powder

3 tablespoons oil

2 big onions sliced finely

1 big tomato chopped

Salt to taste

Marinate the meat with the pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder in a flat plate. Pour the oil on top and keep it over night in the refrigerator (or for atleast  4 hours before cooking).

Pressure cook for just 5 minutes or cook in a pan for about 15  minutes.

Add the onions and tomatoes and continue frying on low heat till the tomatoes turn pulpy and the steaks are a nice brown colour.

Serve hot with boiled vegetables and bread.

 

ANGLO-INDIAN MASALA CHOPS / BEEF OR VEAL MASALA CHOPS

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ANGLO-INDIAN MASALA CHOPS / BEEF OR VEAL MASALA CHOPS

Serves 6     Time required: approx 1 hour

Ingredients

1 kg good beef or veal cut into chops with a little fat (Flatten them)

3 or 4 potatoes, (boiled, peeled and cut in half lengthwise)

4 big onions sliced

2 green chilies slit lengthwise

2 teaspoons mild chillie powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons oil

Marinate the chops with all the above ingredients (except the onions and potatoes) and keep aside for 2 hours.

Heat the oil in a suitable pan and add the marinated chops and mix well. Cook the chops with sufficient water till tender letting some soup remain. Mix in the sliced onions. Keep cooking on low heat till the soup dries up and the meat is a nice brown colour.

Just before turning off the heat add the boiled potatoes and mix once so that the mixture covers the potatoes.

Garnish with browned onions

Serve hot with bread, rice or chapattis

RAILWAY MUTTON CURRY – A COLONIAL ANGLO-INDIAN CURRY DISH

 

Railway Mutton Curry 2

The Railway Mutton Curry is a direct throw back to the days of the British Raj to as early as the early 1900s, when traveling by train was considered aristocratic. . This wonderful curry was first served on the long distance train (The Blue Train) between Bombay to Calcutta, and in the Refreshment Rooms on Victoria Terminus Station in erstwhile Bombay.  It was presumably innovated by the Spencer’s Railway Catering Service at Victoria Terminus. As its very name suggests, this very popular and tasty dish was prepared and served in Railway Refreshment Rooms and only in First Class Cabins on long distance trains,  with Bread or Dinner Rolls. The curry was not too spicy keeping in mind the delicate palates of the British. It was prepared with tender pieces of lamb or mutton, potatoes and other Indian condiments along with the addition of either vinegar, tamarind juice or yogurt to offset the spice as well as to to preserve the dish for the many hours of journey time. It was also popular with the Anglo-Indian Railway staff who had to be on duty for long periods at a stretch. The vinegar or Tamarind juice used in its preparation ensured that the curry would last for quite a few days and was an ideal accompaniment with rice as well.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 kg tender lamb or mutton cut into medium size pieces

1 teaspoon whole peppercorns

2 big onions sliced finely

2 medium size tomatoes chopped

2 pieces cinnamon (about one inch in size)

2 or 3 cloves

4 red chilies broken into bits

2 teaspoons chillie powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2  teaspoons coriander powder

2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

3 or 4 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar or ½ cup of tamarind juice

3 or 4 tablespoons coconut paste or coconut milk

3 potatoes boiled, peeled and cut into quarters

Boil the meat in a little water, salt and a pinch of turmeric till tender.

Remove the boiled meat and keep the remaining soup aside.

Heat oil in a suitable pan and fry the onions, red chillies and whole spices and pepper corns till golden brown.  Add chopped tomato, ginger garlic paste, salt chillie powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and fry for a few minutes till the tomatoes turn pulpy.

Add the parboiled meat and soup and mix well. Cook first on medium heat then on low heat till the gravy dries up a little.  Now add the boiled potatoes, coconut, vinegar / Tamarind juice and simmer till the gravy is slightly thick.

Note: The same recipe could be used for Railway Chicken Curry

CULINARY TRAINING WORKSHOP IN COLONIAL ANGLO-INDIAN DISHES AT THE OBEROI MUMBAI

Sharing a memory of one year ago. My Culinary Training Workshop in Colonial Anglo-Indian Food at the Oberoi Mumbai

WRITEUP ABOUT WORKSHOP ON COLONIAL CUISINE AND DAK BUNGALOW CUISINE

I have just finished a culinary training session in Colonial Anglo-Indian Dishes for the chefs and staff at THE OBEROI Mumbai. The Oberoi Mumbai is holding a Food Promotional Event showcasing the culinary legacy of the Colonial Past. With my knowledge and expertise in Colonial Cuisine, we recreated and brought to life 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 rustic 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, the Dak Bungalow Chicken Stew, Junglee Pilaf, Etc.

The hearty Army Camp Soups and Curries that came out of the innovation and efforts of The Bengal Lancers Unit made famous by Col Skinner and Maj. Grey.

The delicious Railway Lamb and Chicken Curries and the Cutlets 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.

Then the East India legacies of mulligatawny soup, lamb chops, roasts and bakes, Bread and Butter 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 smoked or fried haddock and quartered hard boiled eggs), Fish Cakes and Rissoles, Potato Chops and Pantras, Cutlets and Croquettes (pronounced Cutlas and Crockit by the Colonial Servants). The Portuguese legacies of Vindaloo and Tangy Curries and Sweets, the Dutch Fish and lamb Mince Friccadels and not forgetting the French connection of Chicken in red wine, crumbed fried stuffed crepes and many, many more old dishes such as Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Hussainy Curries, Glassy, etc.

The very names of these ‘Dishes with History’ evoke nostalgia and a longing for the old Colonial way of life. The recipes for all these dishes are featured in my Recipe Books. This is a small explanation on Colonial Cuisine.

Sharing a few of the dishes and many happy moments. My sincere Thanks to Chef Parvinder Singh Bali, Chef Satbir Bakshi and all the staff. I had an awesome experience with all of you. I wish your event every success

ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST

I have just finished a culinary training session in Colonial Anglo-Indian Dishes for the chefs and staff at THE OBEROI Mumbai. The Oberoi Mumbai is holding a Food Promotional Event showcasing the culinary legacy of the Colonial Past. With my knowledge and expertise in Colonial Cuisine, we recreated and brought to life 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 rustic 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, the Dak Bungalow Chicken Stew, Junglee Pilaf, Etc. The hearty Army Camp Soups and Curries that came out of the innovation and efforts of The Bengal Lancers Unit made famous by Col Skinner and Maj…

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