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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Serves 6 Preparation time 30 minutes

6 to 8 trotters (mutton or pork) each to be chopped into 2 pieces
2 or 3 green chilies (optional)
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon pepper powder
1 tomato chopped
1 large onion chopped

Wash the trotters well. Place all the above ingredients together with the trotters and about 6 glasses of water in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for about 20 minutes or till the trotters are tender and the soup is thick. Serve hot. This is a very nourishing soup.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Serves 6 Preparation Time 45 minutes

1 kg Pork Spare Ribs
2 teaspoons Coriander Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chillie Powder
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons Tomato sauce

Marinate the Pork Spare Ribs with the coriander powder, cumin powder, chillie powder, vinegar, tomato sauce and salt for one hour. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions and chopped garlic till golden brown. Add the marinated Pork Spare Ribs and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till tender. Serve with rice or Bread.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Serves 6
Preparation time 45 minutes

½ kg medium sized prawns cleaned, shelled and de-veined
2 big onions sliced finely
1 teaspoon pepper powder
2 teaspoons chilly powder
2 teaspoons garlic paste
Salt to taste
2 or 3 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 cup coconut paste or coconut milk
2 tomatoes chopped finely

Wash the pawns well and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the onions and garlic paste for some time. Add the chopped tomatoes chilly powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt and a little water and fry till the masala separates from the oil. Now add the prawns and mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes till the prawns are cooked and the gravy is thick. Serve with bread,chapattis or rice

This recipe is featured in my Cookery Book FLAVOURS OF THE PAST

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Serves 6 Preparation Time 45 minutes

1 kg good fleshy fish sliced thickly
3 big onions sliced finely
8 to 10 green chilies sliced lengthwise
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
1cup thick coconut milk
1 teaspoon tumeric powder
3 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste

Wash the fish well and rub all over with the turmeric powder. Lightly fry the fish. When slightly cool place in a shallow pan and add all the other ingredients to it. Shake the pan so that all the pieces of fish get covered well. Cook on medium heat till the gravy thickens.
Serve with rice and papads

Friday, April 04, 2008


The Steamroller Chicken is also another Colonial Dish, which got its name only because the pieces of chicken used in its preparation would be cut lengthwise and then flattened with a cleaver or Rolling Pin. The Chicken eventually looked as if it was flattened by a heavy object such as a “Steam Roller or Road Roller”.

Serves 6
Preparation Time 1 hour

2 chickens each jointed into 4 pieces so as to get a total of 8 pieces
4 teaspoons pepper powder
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons oil
5 tablespoons lime juice or vinegar
3 tablespoons corn flour

Wash the chicken well. Beat each piece with a large knife or cleaver and then flatten with a rolling pin. Marinate the flattened chicken with the pepper powder, salt and lime juice / vinegar and keep aside for one hour.
Mix in the corn flour and one tablespoon butter. Heat a little oil in a nonstick pan and fry each chicken piece separately on medium heat till tender. When all the pieces are fried put them all back in the pan, add 2 tablespoons butter and sauté the chicken for about 5 minutes on low heat. Serve with rice or bread.
(Alternately the chicken can be baked in an oven using the same recipe)

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Serves: 6
Time required: 1 hour 45 minutes including marinating and frying time

10 pieces chicken wings
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
2 tablespoons onion paste
2 teaspoons red chilly powder
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon all spice powder
Salt to taste
2 eggs beaten
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
3 tablespoons oil

1. Cut the wing tips and remove the thin bone. Pull the flesh to one end of the thick bone and wash well.

2. Marinate the chicken wings with the ginger garlic paste, red chilly powder, onion paste, vinegar, lemon juice, all spice powder, beaten egg, oil and salt and keep aside for 1 hour.

3. Coat each chicken wing with breadcrumbs.

4. Place the chicken wings in a greased baking tray and cook in a moderate oven till golden brown.

4 Serve with tomato sauce and Onion Rings

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


The Dak Bungalow Curry was another famous dish during Colonial times. It was prepared with either meat or chicken and served with rice and vegetables or bread to the British Officers when they stayed at the various Dak Bungalows, while on official trips around the country. The recipe for preparing this dish varied with each cook at the Dak Bungalows depending on the availability of ingredients in a particular place during the war.

Serves 6
Preparation Time 45 minutes

½ kg mutton or beef cut into medium size pieces
1 teaspoon spice powder or garam masala powder
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chilly powder
3 onions sliced
salt to taste
3 green chillies
½ teaspoon tumeric powder
½ teaspoon pepper powder
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ cup milk or curds (optional)

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.
Serve with steamed white rice or Bread

This recipe is featured in my Cookery Book FLAVOURS OF THE PAST