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

Coq au Vin or Rooster in Red Wine,

Coq Au Vin is a Burgundian dish, and is considered a French comfort food. The traditional recipe for Coq au Vin did not include chicken, but rather a “Coq,” which is a rooster.
The red wine in the recipe was used not to mask flavor, but to allow the acids to help break down the old meat of the rooster True coq Au Vin was actually finished with the blood of the rooster stabilized with brandy and vinegar, this would help the blood not clot. Initially blood of the rooster was used to thicken the dish.

This dish was originally introduced in India by the French. It has since undergone changes in the method of cooking and now has a distinct Anglo-Indian flavour to it. It was quite a popular dish in the places where the French ruled such as Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanum, etc
Coq au Vin or Rooster in Red Wine,
1 chicken preferably a rooster about 1 kg in weight cut into 6 large pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
2 medium sized onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
3 cloves
1 piece cinamon
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
5 cups red wine
¼ cup Cognac or brandy
2 tablespoons cooking oil
salt to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon chillie powder

Marinate the rooster or chicken with all the above ingredients and set aside for about one hour. Heat oil in a suitable pan and add the marinated rooster / chicken pieces. Cover and cook on low heat till the pieces are well cooked and the gravy is thick. Serve with bread or dinner rolls.

ANGLO-INDIAN COOKERY BOOKS

ANGLO-INDIAN COOKERY BOOKS

1.THE BEST OF ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE – A LEGACY is a unique collection of easy- to- follow Recipes of traditional as well as every day Anglo-Indian dishes, ranging from soups, fries, curries, rice dishes, Christmas treats etc., picking up plenty of hybrids along the way, including popular favourites like the different types of Pepper water, Ball Curry, Coconut Rice, Devil chutney etc A few home brewed wines are also included to round off the extensive flavours and tastes.

2.FLAVOURS OF THE PAST features recipes of popular and well-loved dishes of Colonial times, such as Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Railway Mutton Curry, Madras Pork Curry. Dak Bungalow Curry, Stuffed Snake Coy Curry, Guava Cheese, Peanut Fudge, etc, which are sure to bring back nostalgic memories.

3.ANGLO-INDIAN DELICACIES is a collection of Recipes of popular vintage and contemporary Cuisine of Colonial India. Old favourites such as Pork Bhooni, Devil Pork Curry, Calcutta Cutlets, Fish Kedegeree, Double Onions Meat Curry, Camp Soup, Bengal Lancers Shrimp Curry, Boiled Mutton chops, etc have been given a new lease of life. The recipes are simple and extremely easy to follow. The very names of the dishes will surely bring back nostalgic memories of by gone days to many. As with the earlier books, it will make a useful addition to a personal Anglo-Indian Recipe Collection

4.THE ANGLO-INDIAN FESTIVE HAMPER is a collection of popular Anglo-Indian festive treats, such as Cakes, Sweets, Christmas goodies, Puddings, Sandwiches, Preserves, Home-made Wines, etc, etc. The repertoire is rich and quite vast and takes you on a sentimental and nostalgic trip of old forgotten delicacies. These mouth watering concoctions are a mix of both ‘European’ and ‘Indian’, thus making it a veritable “Anglo-Indian” Festive Hamper. The easy-to-follow directions make the preparation of these old, popular, mouth watering goodies, simple, enjoyable and problem-free.

5. A COLLECTION OF ANGLO-INDIAN ROASTS, CASSEROLES AND BAKES is a practical and easy guide to delectable cooking. The clear step-by-step instructions describe the preparation of a variety of easy to prepare Anglo-Indian Roasts, Casseroles and Bakes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Washerman’s Pie, Roast Chicken, Macaroni and Mince, etc. A few Vegetarian Bakes and casserole dishes are also featured.

6. THE 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.

Price per book : India : Rs 130.00, UK GBP 5.00, USA $10.00, Canada $10.00, Australia $10.00, UAE Rs 300.00

For Copies contact : Bridget Kumar Phone: (Bangalore) +919845571254 / (0091)8025504137 / Email: bidkumar@gmail.com

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

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.

Railway Mutton Curry

Railway Mutton Curry is a direct throw back to the days of the British Raj, when traveling by train was considered aristocratic. This slightly tangy dish was served in Railway Refreshment Rooms and on long distance trains, with Bread or Dinner Rolls. The curry was not too pungent keeping in mind the delicate palates of the British. It was also popular with the 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     Preparation Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

½ kg mutton or lamb cut into medium size pieces                  

6 peppercorns 

2 big onions sliced 

2 pieces cinnamon 

2 cloves

2 cardamoms  

8 to 10 curry leaves

4 red chilies broken into bits           

1teaspoon chilly powder

1teaspoon ginger paste

1 teaspoon garlic paste   

Salt to taste         

2 tablespoons oil 

2 tablespoons vinegar or ½ cup of tamarind juice

Wash the meat and mix it with the ginger garlic paste, salt and the chilly powder. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions, curry leaves, red chillies and spices till golden brown.  Add the meat and mix well.  Fry for a few minutes. Add the vinegar / Tamarind juice and sufficient water and cook on medium heat till the meat is done. Keep frying till the gravy is thick and dark brown