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ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE EVENT AT COCHRANE PLACE KURSEONG

I’ve just got back from the most amazing Food Event at the launch of the Gourmet Week at Cochrane Place Kurseong in the Darjeeling Hills. Conceived and curated by Dr Ashish Chopra who is India’s top Culinary Historian, Author, Gourmand, T V Host, Flavour Analyst and Travel Writer. The launch of the Cochrane Place Gourmet Club, was a Week long festival celebrating the love of food. (Feb 14th to 19th). Thank you Ashish for making this happen. You are Santa Claus
Cochrane Place Kurseong is the restored stately British Colonial home of late Percy Cochrane the District Magistrate of Kurseong. Perched on a ridge surrounded by lush tea gardens the building is set in stone, log and cast iron splendour offering panoramic views of the Himalayas, it was the perfect setting for a week of scrumptious Food.
I’m just repeating the words of Dr Ashish Chopra “Its all happening at COCHRANE PLACE,KURSEONG in the midst of Tea country this month .. Bridget White Kumar weaves her magic with Anglo Indian cuisine, Sohini Basu, Cordon Bleu Pastry chef does magic with her cup cakes, Susmit Bose, the legendary Urban folk musician enthralls us with his golden voice, Ramaa Shanker cooks up some soul food of tasty Vegetarian Dishes, Kaveri Ponnapa Kambiranda, the celebrity author, Anthropologist and Gourmand teaches us how to make a Coorg special and one of my favourites Pandi curry, Avijit Dutt, the grand theatre man and actor shares his travel and culinary experience, Yours truly Ashish Chopra musters up dishes from my forthcoming book Tribal cuisines of India and introduces the black bird kadaknath. GROVER ZAMPA joins in the fun and gets us to taste their wines and pair them with respective cuisines”
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“On day One, our lunch began beautifully with a group of British Heritage Railway enthusiasts dawning upon Cochrane Place to savour a specially created Anglo Indian Railway menu served during the days of the Raj… With Bridget White Kumar cooking and Dhiraj Arora in assistance taking over the kitchen and mustering up a splendid meal consisting of Railway Chicken Curry, Egg Vindaloo, Railway Vegetable Cutlets, Vegetable Jal Frezi,Country Captain Beans, Mulligatawny Soup with a twist and the most awesome Pineapple upside down cake baked by Sohini Basu along with a Beetroot Carrot Halwa”

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In like manner t he Menus were specially crafted each day to revisit the days of Colonial Raj Cuisine. A 2nd World War Army Camp Menu was specially created to honour 2 Army Generals of the Area who were the special guests at dinner such as the Army Camp Soup, Col Standhursts Lamb Curry, Bengal Lancers Mince Cutlets, etc. Other Colonial Anglo-Indian Dishes such as Pork Vindaloo. Dak Bungalow Mutton Curry, Grandma’s Country Captain, Inspection Bungalow Vegetable Stew, Chillie Pork Fry, Stuffed Aubergines, Brown Sahib Soup, Okra and Potato Pepper fry, Vegetable Jal Frazie Shepherd’s Pie, Vegetarian Cottage Pie, A variety of baked dishes, etc, etc, were on the menu and thoroughly enjoyed by the guests. The Chicken and Lamb Roasts were marinated in a Grover Red Wine Marinade and the Stews and soups were given a liberal dash of Grover White Wines. To round off all the Hot Food, we stuffed ourselves with decadent Desserts prepared by Sohini Basu and her two talented assistants from Mrs, Magpies Kolkotta Apart from the Gourmet Dinners, the Chefs and Kitchen staff of Cochrane Place dished up some delicious local dishes, Bengali Food and Chinese Dishes. They excelled in feeding us sumptuous Breakfasts, Snacks and Short Eats besides the endless cups of hot tea in different flavours to offset the cold weather. We were well and truly stuffed !!!!!collage dishes 3

A SIMPLE ANGLO-INDIAN BEEF CURRY

Beef Curry

A SIMPLE ANGLO-INDIAN BEEF CURRY
Serves 6 Preparation and Cooking Time 45 minutes
Ingredients

½ kg beef cut into medium size pieces
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chillie powder
3 onions sliced
2 medium size tomatoes chopped
Salt to taste
2 green chillies
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon pepper powder
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
Wash the meat well. Add all the ingredients mentioned above to it and marinate for about 1 hour in a suitable pan. Place the pan on medium heat and cook closed for about 5 to 6 minutes. Lower the heat, add enough water and then simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes till the meat is cooked and the gravy is thick.
This curry can be served with either bread, white steamed rice, hoppers, chappatis etc.

Meat Glazzy / Meat Glassie


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 powde
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.

DRY BEEF FRY

1 kg Beef cut into small pieces
2 medium size onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon spice powder or garam masala powder
2 Sprigs curry leaves
1 tablespoon vinegar
Salt to taste

Marinate the meat with all the above ingredients except the onions and curry leaves and keep aside for 1 hour. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions and curry leaves 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.

Meat Glazzy / Meat Glassie


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 powde
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.

EGG PLANT / BRINJAL BAKE

½ -kg mutton mince or beef mince
4-big seedless Brinjals
4-tablespoons oil
1 -big onion sliced finely
1-tomato chopped finely
4-tablespoons oil
1-tablespoon flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon pepper powder
4-green chilies chopped finely
2-pods of garlic chopped finely
2-eggs beaten well
4-tablespoons breadcrumbs or semolina

Method

Wash the Brinjals and put them whole into boiling water with ½ teaspoon salt and cook for about 5 minutes till they are half cooked. Cut the brinjals into halves lengthwise dividing even the stalks. Scoop out the insides and keep aside. Heat 2-tablespoons oil in a pan and add the onions, mince, tomato, salt, pepper, green chilies, garlic and cook on low heat till the mince is cooked and all the water is absorbed. Add the cooked insides of the brinjals and mix well. Keep aside to cool for some time. When slightly cold, fill this cooked mince in the scooped out brinjal halves and press well. Coat with the beaten egg and sprinkle the breadcrumbs or semolina on the top. Brush the sides with oil and place in a baking tray. Drizzle the remaining oil all over the stuffed brinjals and bake in a hot oven for about 10 minutes till brown on top. Serve hot with bread and chips.
(The stuffed bringals could also be shallow fried like cutlets instead of baking)

VEAL CHOPS

Serves 6
Preparation Time 45 minutes
½ kg good veal chops (Flatten them)
3 or 4 potatoes (Boil peal and cut each in half lengthwise)
4 big onions sliced
2 green chilies slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons pepper powder
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
Pressure cook the veal chops with a little water till tender letting some soup remain. Open the pressure cooker and add the onions, green chilies, salt, pepper powder and oil and mix well. Keep cooking on low heat till the soup dries up and the onions and meat are a nice brown. Just before turning off the heat add the boiled potatoes and mix once so that the masala covers the potatoes. Serve hot with bread or rice.

This recipe is taken from my recipe Book FLAVOURS OF THE PAST