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

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

ANGLO-INDIAN PEPPER WATER

Pepper Water

2 large tomatoes
1-teaspoon pepper powder
1-teaspoon chilly powder
1-teaspoon cumin powder
½- teaspoon tumeric powder
½- teaspoon coriander powder
½- cup tamarind juice extracted from a small ball of tamarind or 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
Salt to taste
Cook all the above with 3 or 4 cups of water in a vessel on high heat till it boils. Reduce the heat and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.
Season as follows with the under mentioned ingredients which should be used whenever a dish is to be seasoned.
For the seasoning
I small onion sliced
2 red chilies broken into bits
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
A few curry leaves
2 teaspoons oil
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a vessel and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the curry leaves, onion, crushed garlic and red chilies and sauté for a few minutes. Pour the cooked pepper water into this and cook for one minute. Turn off the heat. Serve hot with rice and any meat side dish.

Note: The pepper water can be prepared by using fresh red chilies cumin seeds coriander seeds, pepper corns ground in a mixer/blender instead of using the powders. Readymade Rasam powders that are available in the shops can also be used but the pepper water may taste a little different.

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.

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