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All the recipes and Photographs on this Site are old Family Recipes and tried and tested by the Author. Please feel free to try out these old recipes, and relish them, but desist from copying and using on other sites without the prior permission of Bridget White-Kumar. Any infringement would amount to Plagarism and infringement of Copy Right punishable by Law

Sunday, October 19, 2014



This sauce can be used as a spread for sandwiches by mixing it with shredded meat, vegetables, mayonnaise etc. It can also be eaten as a side relish with any type of Roasted Meat, Chicken Turkey, Duck etc.
50 grams ordinary black or brown mustard
10 grams white mustard
1 teaspoon chillie powder
2 teaspoons garlic paste
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt to taste
A small piece of Drumstick Bark
1 cup white vinegar
Grind all the above to a smooth paste. Add a little more vinegar to make the paste into a sauce like consistency. Refrigerate and use when required.
Note: In case the drumstick bark is not available substitute with a stick of cinnamon.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Serves 6   Preparation and Cooking Time 45 minutes
½ kg Fine Mutton Mince / Ground Mutton / Lamb 
2 big onions chopped
½ teaspoon turmeric powder                  
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1teaspoon chopped ginger                    
2 green chilies chopped finely
1 small bunch coriander leaves            
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste                                           
1 teaspoon chillie powder
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown. 
Add the chopped ginger, garlic and green chilies, and sauté for 3 minutes.  
Add the mince, turmeric powder, chillie powder and salt and mix well. 
Add the chopped coriander leaves and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes to ½ an hour till the mince is cooked and all the water evaporates. 
Keep Simmering on low heat till the mince is almost dry and gives out a nice aroma.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



1. ANGLO-INDIAN CUISINE – A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST is a comprehensive and unique collection of easy- to- follow Recipes of popular and well loved Anglo-Indian dishes. The repertoire is rich and vast, ranging from the outright European Cutlets, Croquettes, pasties, roasts, etc, to mouth watering Curries, Side dishes, Spicy Fries, Foogaths, Biryani and Palaus, Pickles, Chutneys etc, picking up plenty of hybrids along the way. The very names of old time favorite dishes such as Yellow Coconut Rice and Mince Ball (Kofta) Curry, Pepper water, Mulligatawny Soup, Grandma’s Country Captain Chicken, Railway Mutton Curry, Dak Bungalow Curry, Crumb Chops, Ding Ding, Stews, Duck Buffat, Almorth, etc, which were so popular during the Raj Era are sure to bring back nostalgic and happy memories. These popular Anglo-Indian dishes will take you on an exotic nostalgic journey to Culinary Paradise. It is a practical and easy guide to delectable cooking. The book with its clear step-by-step instructions, describes the preparation of a variety of Anglo-Indian Dishes. The easy-to-follow directions make cooking simple and problem- free.
Price per book : India : Rs175..00, Australia: A$15.00, UAE: Rs.350.00, Canada C$15.00, UK: GBP 8.00, USA: $15.00

 2.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.
Price per book: India : Rs130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00

3.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.
Price per book in  India : Rs130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00

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.
Price per book: India : Rs130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00

5. 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 in  India : Rs130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00

6. VEGETARIAN DELICACIES is a collection of simple and easy recipes of delectable Vegetarian Dishes. The repertoire is rich and vast, ranging from simple Soups and Salads, to mouth watering Curries, Stir fries, Rice dishes, Casseroles and Baked Dishes and popular Accompaniments. The easy-to-follow directions, using easily available ingredients, make cooking these dishes simple, enjoyable and problem-free. The book also highlights the goodness of each vegetable and their nutritive and curative properties in preventing and curing many health disorders.
Price per book in India : Rs150.00, Australia: A$15.00, UAE: Rs 350.00, Canada C$15.00, UK: GBP 8.00, USA: $15.00

7. SIMPLE EGG DELICACIES is a collection of simple and easy recipes of delectable Egg Dishes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and for all other times as well.  The repertoire ranges from simple Breakfast Egg Dishes and Egg Salads, to mouth watering Curries, Tea Time treats, Sandwiches, Casseroles and Baked Dishes. The recipes are extremely easy to follow and only easily available ingredients have been suggested. - A real treat for ‘Eggetarians’.
Price per book in India : Rs130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00
A whole set of 7 books costs as under which includes the Postage and handling:

In India only   Rs. 1100.00   -  Payment through Cheque or Money order

Australia: A$80.00, UAE:  Rs 3000.00, Canada C$80.00, UK: GBP 45.00, USA: $80.00

Payment through Western Union or Pay Pal  only

For copies contact:  Bridget Kumar

Tel: 080 25504137 / 98455 71254 / 98440 444236

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Lt. Colonel James Skinner or ‘Sikandar Sahib’ was the son of a Scottish British Army officer attached to the East India Company and his Rajput wife. James Skinner (1778-1841) also known as 'Sikander Sahib founded the Irregular Cavalry called 'Skinner's Horse' or the 'Yellow Boys' after their distinctive uniform in plains of Hansi in 1803. The two cavalry regiments he raised for the British were known as 1st Skinner's Horse and 3rd Skinner's Horse (formerly 2nd Skinner's Horse)  the most famous cavalry regiments during the Raj. Brought up by Christian and Hindu parents, he married a Muslim. As a tribute for his recovery from battle wounds he built the famous St. James Church which is also known as Skinner’s Church at Kashmiri Gate in Delhi in 1836. It is reported that he also built a mosque and a temple in Delhi.
Skinner’s Horse Regiment , which is still part of the Indian Army was renamed the 1st Bengal Cavalry and then again renamed as the The Bengal Lancers. The recipe for this Shrimp Curry purportedly originated in this Army Regiment Mess (and was later incorporated in the menus of the other Regimental Messes during the time of the Raj), hence the name Bengal Lancers Shrimp Curry. Incidentally, a Sweet mango Chutney is also attributed to Lt. Col James Skinner aptly called Col Skinner’s Mango Chutncy

Serves 6   Preparation and cooking Time 45 minutes
1 kg medium size Shrimps / Prawns (cleaned and de-veined)
2 medium size tomatoes chopped
3 onions sliced finely
2 teaspoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder (optional)
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1. Marinate the shrimps / prawns with the chillie powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, vinegar and salt and keep aside for 15 minutes.
2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions and the chopped garlic and ginger till golden brown.
3. Add the tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes turn pulpy.
4. Add the marinated prawns / shrimps and mix well. Fry for 2   minutes on high heat.
5. Add 1 cup of water and cook on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes till the prawns / shrimps are cooked.
The gravy should be semi-dry. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Serve with rice, Bread or Chapattis

Friday, August 08, 2014


A delicious accompaniment with White Steamed Rice and Pepper Water or Dol Curry!!


½ kg boneless pork preferably without fat, cut into small bits
3 tablespoons chillie powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons cumin powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon all fenugreek (methi)  powder
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon black salt (optional)
Salt to taste
1 cup Refined Oil or Sesame oil
2 cups vinegar
1. Wash the pork well and leave to dry for some time.
2. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and ginger till light brown.
3. Add the pork and fry well till the pork hardens and is almost dry
4. Mix in the chillie powder, cumin powder, mustard powder, fenugreek (methi) powder, turmeric, vinegar, black salt and salt and mix well.
5. Cook on low heat till the pork is cooked and the gravy is almost dry.
6. Remove from heat and cool the pickle.
7. When completely cold, store in Bottles and use when required.
This pickle will last for about a month.

Monday, July 28, 2014


This Anglicized Burmese dish is a wonderful, delicious mouth watering concoction of noodles, spicy chicken curry and lots of toppings. While the noodles and chicken curry form the base of this dish, it allows each one to choose their own toppings. As the name suggests, it is a Burmese dish, but was brought into Eastern India when many Indians fled from Burma and crossed over into India during World War II. This recipe is featured in my Recipe Book ANGLO-INDIA CUISINE - A LEGACY OF FLAVOURS FROM THE PAST
Serves 6
Preparation time 45 minutes
1 kg Chicken boiled and shredded (discard bones)
1 teaspoon whole black pepper corns
2 Bay leaves
2 pieces cinnamon bark (about one inch in size)
Salt to taste
2 medium sized onions chopped fine
2 teaspoons garlic and ginger paste
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 cup cooked and mashed moong dhal (yellow split lentils)
2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional)
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garam masala / all spice powder
2 teaspoons red chilli powder
1 cup coconut milk
Salt to taste
500 grams thin egg noodles

For the garnish:
1 cup spring onions chopped fine
2 onions sliced finely and fried golden brown
4 tablespoons chopped garlic fried in oil
1 cup boiled eggs chopped into tiny pieces
5 tablespoons dry prawn powder (make by coarsely grinding dry prawns)
1 cup chopped coriander leaves
Juice of 1 lemon

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan and sauté the onions, black pepper corns, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks till the onions turn golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chillie powder and garam masala / spice powder and fry for another 5 minutes. Mix in the cooked moong dhal / lentil paste, coconut milk, fish sauce and salt and cook till the chicken is tender. Keep aside.

Boil the noodles in sufficient water with a little salt. Strain and run cold water over them. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil over the noodles to keep them from sticking, and toss to mix well. Keep aside.

Now heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a small pan till very hot. Turn off the flame and add 1 tbsp of red chillie powder to this oil. Keep this chillie oil aside to cool.

Serve each person individually in deep bowls as follows:
Place a single serving of noodles in the bowl. Top generously with the chicken curry prepared as above. Now top up with the chopped fried garlic, fried onions, chopped spring onion, and boiled egg, one on top of the other as per preference. Drizzle with chillie oil and sprinkle dry prawn powder according to taste. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Add a dash of lemon to complete. Have a bowl of chopped green chillies in vinegar as an accompaniment

The Khowsuey can also be served with plain egg noodles and the chicken curry in a big bowl. The toppings of
Fried Garlic, Fried Onions, Chopped Spring onions, Chopped boiled eggs, Chopped green chillies in vinegar,
Lime wedges and Ground dry shrimp powder could be served in small bowls and each person could top up their own bowls as per their preference

Sunday, July 20, 2014


This dish ‘Kedgeree” was first introduced by the Scottish Soldiers in Army Camps in Calcutta. The Fish Kedgeree is an Anglicised version of the Indian Kitchri or Kitchidi, which was prepared with rice, lentils, raisins, etc along with the addition of Fried Fish Flakes (Halibut) and hard boiled eggs. Fish, either steamed or fried was a regular item for breakfast during the Raj and the cooks tried to incorporate it with local dishes. Eventually the Fish Kedegeree became a hot cooked spicy dish, with the addition of various spices and was invariably included in the breakfast menu all over the Commonwealth.  Minced meat was also later added as a variation.
Serves 6     Preparation Time 45 minutes
½ kg of any good fleshy fish cut into thick fillets
2 cups raw rice or Basmati Rice
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
3 onions sliced finely
3 green chillies sliced lengthwise
4 tablespoons Green Gram Dhal (Moong dhal)  or Red Lentils (Masoor Dhal)  (Or any other lentils or your choice)
3 cloves
2 small sticks of cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin powder
100 grams Sultanas or Raisins (Optional)
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 Bay leaves
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon chillie powder
1 tablespoon lime juice / lemon juice / vinegar
6 whole peppercorns
4 hard-boiled eggs shelled
Wash the fish and cook it in a little water along with the bay leaves and salt for about 5 minutes or till the pieces are firm. Strain and keep aside.  Add sufficient water to the left over fish soup to get 6 cups of liquid.  Remove the bones and skin from the boiled fish and break into small pieces. Wash the Rice and dhal and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a suitable vessel and sauté the onions, cloves and cinnamon lightly. Add the slit green chillies, whole peppercorns, cumin powder and chillie powder and sauté for a few minutes. Add the rice and dhal and mix well. Now add 6 cups of the soup, limejuice / vinegar, sultanas, chopped coriander leaves and salt and cook on high heat till boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered till the rice and dhal are cooked and slightly pasty. Gently mix in the cooked fish, butter / ghee and the hard-boiled eggs. Cover and let the rice draw in the fish for a few minutes. Serve hot or cold with Chutney or Lime Pickle.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


An easy recipe for delicous and mouth watering Anglo-Indian Pork Pot Roast. Goes well with Pepper Water and Rice for lunch or with Bread for Dinner. Makes a lovely and tasty filling for sandwhiches too!!! 

Serves 6   Preparation time 1 hour
1 chunk of pork weighing around 2 kgs with fat and lard
3 whole potatoes boiled and peeled
3 whole red chillies 
1 teaspoon pepper corns
1teaspoon red chillie powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder / ground pepper
3 cloves
1 Bay leaf
Salt to taste
Marinate the pork with the salt, chillie powder and pepper powder for half an hour. Place the marinated pork in a  suitable pan together with the red chillies, peppercorns, spices, bay leaf and a tablespoon of oil and fry for a few minutes turning the pork around till it changes colour. Add sufficient water and cook on medium heat till the pork is tender. Now add the whole potatoes and mix well. Simmer on low heat (turning the meat around) till the Pork and Potatoes are nicely browned on all sides.
Alternately, the meat could  be roasted with all the above ingredients in an oven for 2 hours or till the meat is soft and brown.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014



A Culinary Workshop on ANGLO-INDIAN DISHES by BRIDGET WHITE-KUMAR (Independent Food Consultant and Author of 7 recipe books on Anglo-Indian Cuisine) hosted by DIFFERENT STROKES CREATIVE LEARNING AND ACTIVITY CENTRE, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

Date: Saturday, 19th August 2014
Time: 11.00 AM to 3.00 PM
Workshop Fees: Rs. 2,500/- (all inclusive)
Venue: Different Strokes Creative Learning & Activity Centre, #65, 4th Cross, 10th Main, Indiranagar 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 038,
Phone : 98861 52504

1. Anglo-Indian Yellow Coconut Rice
2. Chicken Vindaloo
3. A Colonial Anglo-Indian Dinner Platter of Pepper Chicken Roast with Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggies and Grilled Tomatoes
4. Devilled Eggs
5. Bread Pudding
· It will be an interactive and hands on workshop where the participants will assist in cutting, chopping and preparation of the dishes
· They will learn about the History and Evolution of Anglo-Indian Cuisine and how the various dishes got their names.
· Participants will learn how to plate and serve the dishes prepared at the workshop and will enjoy the same for their lunch.
· Each participant will get to take home the Recipes of the dishes prepared at the workshop.
· A special Apron and a copy of Bridget’s new Recipe Book “SIMPLE EGG DELICACIES’ would be gifted to each participant.

The Workshop is limited to 20 persons so Registrations will be on a First Come First Served Basis.
To Register for this’ one of a kind workshop’ please contact Umesh Prasad: 98861 52504!/different.strokes.clac

Friday, June 20, 2014


‘SIMPLE EGG DELICACIES’ is a collection of simple and easy recipes of delectable Egg Dishes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and for all other times as well.  The selection covers a wide selection of Breakfast Egg Dishes, Mouth watering Curries, Egg Salads, Tasty Tea Time Snacks and Treats, Sandwiches, Casseroles and Baked Dishes. In addition to the recipes, ‘Some handy hints on how to store and preserve Eggs’, ‘A few  Quick Serving ideas using Eggs’, besides some useful tips and tricks on how to prepare a variety of fluffy and soft Omelettes and the names and description of the various Egg Dishes are also given.
I decided to bring out a Recipe Book on exclusive Egg Recipes since I found that many people who are vegetarians do include Eggs in their diet. This Book ‘SIMPLE EGG DELICACIES’ is a real treasure for ‘Eggetarians’ as there are recipes for a variety of egg dishes under different categories. The recipes are mostly Anglo-Indian but I've also included some tasty Indian Egg curries and some universal all time favourites such as Eggs Benedict, Egg Florentine, One Eyed Jack, Coddled Eggs, Shirred Eggs, Egg Frittata, Egg Quiche, Egg Custard, Eggs Mornay, Egg and Sausage Casserole, Scotch Eggs, Devilled Eggs, the Classic Egg Salad, French Toast Casserole, etc.  The recipes are very easy to follow and only easily available ingredients are made use of.
Price per Book:  India : Rs.130.00, Australia: A$10.00, UAE: Rs 300.00, Canada C$10.00, UK: GBP 5.00, USA: $10.00
To buy a copy contact Bridget Kumar on :
+919845571254 or 08025504137. Email

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Coconut Sweet / Coconut Fudge / Coconut Barfi - call it whatever name you want.
A simple and easy recipe for a timeless Anglo-Indian Delicacy. Bursting with the goodness of fresh grated (scraped ) coconut, sugar and milk and a hint of vanilla essence. This baby pink sweet will rekindle nostalgic childhood memories of helping to stir the sweet while its being prepared to greasing the big plate the molten pink lava would be poured on to and finally to scraping and licking the residues left in the dekshi!!!
Serves 6      Preparation and cooking Time 45 minutes
2 cups scraped coconut
2 cups sugar
½ cup milk
1 tablespoons butter or ghee
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
½ teaspoon food colouring (pink or green)
Take a thick -bottomed vessel and heat the sugar and ¼ cup water on high heat. When the sugar melts, add the cocoanut, vanilla essence and the milk. Cook on medium or low heat till the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the vessel. Mix in the butter / ghee. Drop a teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of water and if it forms a ball when rolled between the fingers, the right consistency is reached. Grease a flat plate well and pour the mixture on to it. Cool and cut into squares.


Tuesday, June 03, 2014


The new revised version of my book ANGLO-INDIAN DELICACIES published by Partridge India  is available for sale on Flipkart. This is the link
'ANGLO-INDIAN DELICACIES' is an interesting assortment of easy- to- follow Recipes of popular vintage and contemporary Cuisine of Colonial Anglo India. It covers a wide spectrum, of recipes ranging from  mouth watering Gravies and Curries, Pepper Water and Fries, Roasts and Steaks to tasty Pulaos and Pickles, Savouries, Sweets and Christmas treats,. A few home brewed wines are also included to round off the extensive flavours and tastes.
In this book I’ve endeavoured to cover some of the old typical dishes that were popular in Calcutta, and other parts of Bengal besides Central and Eastern India. Dishes such as Pork Bhooni, Chicken / Meat Jal Frezie, Devil Pork Curry, Calcutta Cutlets (Kobhiraji Cutlet), Fish Kedegeree, Double Onions Meat Curry (Do Piaza), Meat Glassey (Glazzie ) or Fruity meat Curry, Meat and Spinach Curry, Duck Dumpoke, etc, are some of the old favourites featured here. I’ve also included some recipes for dishes that were popular during World War II and were served in the Army camps and Officer’s Mess, such as the Army Camp Soup, Brown Windsor Soup, The Bengal Lancers Shrimp Curry, Veal Country Captain (Cold Meat Curry), Bubble and Squeak, One Eyed Jack, Colonel Sandhurst’s Beef Curry, Salted Tongue, Salted Beef, Corned Beef, Kalkals, Rose Cookies, Dhol Dhol, BeefPanthras, Potato Chops etc. All these dishes have been given a new lease of life, besides a host of other assorted dishes and preparations.
The new revised version of ANGLO-INDIAN DELICACIES has lots of new recipes in this edition. The groupings this time are: Soups and Pepper Water, Curries, Gravies, Fries, Side Dishes and More (which include  Chicken and Poultry; Meat – beef, lamb and mutton; Pork, Fish, Prawns, Crabs and Eggs)  Vegetarian Variety, Rice dishes, Anglo-Indian pickles and chutneys, Savaouries, Sweets and Festive Treats, Homemade Wines and some Basic Curry Powders.
The recipes in this book are simple and easy to follow and only easily available ingredients have been suggested. The easy-to-follow directions for preparing these old, popular, sumptuous dishes make cooking simple, enjoyable and problem-free. The pungency of the dishes can be reduced according to individual taste by reducing the amount of chillie powder, spices or pepper powder suggested in each recipe. All the recipes in this Book are for 6 generous servings. If cooking for a smaller or larger number, the quantities should be adjusted accordingly.
The word “Everlasting” means ‘something, that once created, endures through time and never ceases to exist’. Anglo-Indian Cuisine is “EVERLASTING” and will endure forever and ever.


Saturday, April 05, 2014


Serves 6          
Preparation Time 45 minutes
6 mackerels
3 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons chillie powder
2 teaspoons pepper powder
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
1teaspoon salt
Clean and remove the scales, fins and insides of the fish. Wash well. Mix all the above ingredients together with a little water to form a paste. Slit each mackerel lengthwise on either side keeping the center bone intact. Stuff the paste into each fish very evenly on either side of the center bone. Rub some of the paste on the outsides as well.

Heat oil in a flat pan and shallow fry the fish on both sides till evenly brown. Serve with steamed rice or bread along with onion rings and chips.

Saturday, March 29, 2014



Fish Fingers or Fish Sticks are popular snacks and finger food. It was introduced into India by the British and was / still is a popular item as a starter at parties. Any flesh fish could be used in its preparation. The fish fillets or fingers are dipped in batter or egg then coated in bread crumbs and either deep fried or shallow fried. However, they could also be baked or grilled in the oven depending on one’s choice. Kids and adults alike love these crispy hot fish fingers served with Tartar Sauce or ketchup

Serves 6 preparation time 20 minutes
½ kg fish fillets, cut into serving-size portions for 6
½ cup milk
Salt to taste
½ cup bread crumbs  
2 eggs beaten well                                 
3 tablespoons refined flour or maida     
1 teaspoon pepper powder 
1 teaspoon chillie powder
Oil for frying
Mix the flour together with all the above ingredients (except the fish, breadcrumbs and oil) to make a batter that is not too thin. (Add a little water if required).
Coat each piece of fish well with the batter, then roll in the bread crumbs.
Shallow fry or Deep fry the coated fish pieces till brown on both sides.
Drain and serve hot with tartar sauce and / or tomato ketchup


Monday, February 17, 2014


Here is an easy recipe for a simple and tasty Anglo-Indian (Bo-Bo)Chicken Curry. 

1 kg chicken jointed and cut into medium size pieces
A small bunch of coriander leaves washed and chopped
2 large onions chopped
2 tomatoes chopped 
½ teaspoon tumeric powder
2 or 3 teaspoons chillie powder 
2 cloves, 2 pieces of cinnamon, 2 cardamoms, 1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

2 tablespoons coconut paste or coconut milk 
3 tablespoons oil 
Salt to taste 
1teaspoon cumin powder

Heat oil in a pan and add the onions, Fry till golden brown. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, tomato, ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes. Now add the chicken and all the other ingredients and fry for some time till the oil separates from the masala. Add a little water and cook till the chicken is done and the gravy is thick

Serve with chapattis or Coconut rice or just white steamed rice. Goes well with bread or dinner rolls as well. 

Monday, December 16, 2013



Serves 6   preparation time 1 hour
300 grams Plain Flour / Maida
300 grams brown Sugar
100 grams powdered white sugar
3 Eggs beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
300 grams butter
1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3 tablespoons date syrup
300 grams dried fruit
50 grams orange /lemon peel
250 ml Rum or Brandy

Soak the dried fruit and orange / lemon peel in Rum or Brandy for about 1month.
Just before using, strain and mix in 3 tablespoons of flour to it. Keep aside.
Cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar well. Add the beaten eggs, date syrup and vanilla essence and mix well. Add the orange / lemon peel and dried fruits, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder and mix well Slowly add the flour and fold in well. If the mixture is too thick add a little milk. Pour into a greased and papered baking tin or dish and bake in a slow oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven when done and set aside to cool.
Feed this cake with 2 or 3 tablespoons of rum or brandy every alternate day till just before Christmas. Then leave aside to let the cake absorb the liquor.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Ox Tail Vindaloo

Serves 6   Preparation time 45 minutes
1 medium oxtail cut into medium pieces
3 onions chopped
3 big tomatoes pureed
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon pepper powder
1 piece cinnamon
2 teaspoons garlic paste
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste

Pressure cook the oxtail till tender with sufficient water.  Heat oil and fry the cinnamon and onions till golden brown.  Add the garlic paste and sauté for some time.  Add the chillie powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and fry well with a little water. Add the tomato puree and continue frying till the oil separates from the mixture. Add the vinegar and the cooked oxtail together with the remaining soup and cook till the gravy is thick. Serve hot with rice or bread or even hoppers.

Saturday, October 05, 2013


I demonstrated and cooked this wonderful Anglo-Indian Festive Platter at  a Cooking Demonstration on EPIC TV recently. The Episode is part of a new History Channel depicting old Cuisines that are now slowly getting extinct due to the fast pace of present day life and the fad for Fast Foods and instant mixes.
An old Anglo-Indian Favourite that is so easy and quick to prepare
Serves 6           Preparation Time 45 minutes
1 kg chicken jointed into fairly big pieces
2 teaspoons lime juice or vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 dry red chillies broken into bits
4 tablespoons Butter
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons whole pepper corns
2 onions chopped into big chunks
Heat the butter in a suitable pan and add the chicken pieces and all the other ingredients. Mix well and stir fry on high heat for a few minutes till the chicken changes colour. Add a little water and simmer on low heat till the chicken is tender and the water dries up. Keep roasting on low heat for a few more minutes till the chicken pieces are nicely browned. Serve with Mashed Potato and Bread. 

finger licking Potato Mash that never goes out of fashion and can be eaten at any meal as an accompaniment to any dish
Serves 6   Preparation Time 45 minutes
4 large potatoes                     
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon pepper powder    
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons Cream Cheese (optional)
Wash the potatoes and cook till soft. Remove the skins and mash well.  Add the butter, (Cream cheese) pepper and salt and mix well.
erve with toast and Roast Beef, Roast Chicken or any baked dish.

A simple vegetarian dish prepared with simple ingredients. The Bay Leaves, pepper and butter combine together to give this dish prepared with cauliflower a truly distinctive and royal taste.
Serves 6    Preparation and cooking Time 20 minutes
1 medium size cauliflower cut into medium size florets
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
2 dry red chillies broken into bits
2 tablespoons butter
2 Bay leaves
Salt to taste
Soak the cauliflower for 1 hour in warm salt water. Drain and rinse. Par boil the cauliflower in a little water for 5 minutes, then drain. 
Heat the butter in a pan. Fry the Bay leaves and red chillies for a few seconds. Add the cooked cauliflower, salt and pepper and mix well. Fry on low heat for a few seconds till the cauliflower soaks in the flavours, then turn off the heat.
Serve as a side dish with Chicken or Beef Roast

An old time favourite, the fresh green peas add a dash of colour to this Platter
Serves 6   Preparation time 15 minutes
200 grams fresh green peas or frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the green peas in sufficient water till just tender. Drain and season with a little pepper and salt to taste. Serve as a side dish  with Roast

Adding a dash of colour to the platter, these grilled tomatoes can be served with bacon and eggs and almost any roast dish
Serves 6  Preparation Time 15 minutes
4 medium size ripe tomatoes
2 teaspoons butter or oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Slice each tomato into 3 or 4 slices evenly. Heat the butter in a suitable pan. Add the tomato slices. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the slices. Fry the tomato slices for a few minutes on each side, then remove from the pan. Care should be taken not to over fry the tomato slices.