This is a typical Anglo-Indian dish, where ground seasoned beef or lamb / mutton is stuffed in hallowed out segements of serpent gourd, then simmered in a slightly spiced gravy sauce. It goes well with either white steamed rice or ant flavoured rice. Tastes yummy
1 kg beef or mutton mince
1 medium sized snake gourd ( scrape it slightly)
3 medium sized onions chopped
3 large tomatoes pureed
½ cup coconut paste
A small bunch of coriander leaves chopped
2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
3 teaspoons chilly powder
1 teaspoon spice powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
½ teaspoon tumeric powder
Salt to taste
2 green chilies chopped
3 tablespoons oil.

Wash the snake gourd, remove the inside and cut into 2 inch pieces. Marinate the mince with a teaspoon of chilly powder, tumeric powder, a little salt and some chopped coriander leaves. In a pan heat the oil and fry the chopped onions till golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for some time. Add the chilly powder, coriander powder, spice powder, green chilies, coconut and salt and fry for a few minutes .Add the tomato puree and fry till the oil separates from the masala. Now add 2 cups of water and bring to boil. Meanwhile stuff the snake gourd rings with the marinated mince. Pack each ring tightly so that the mince does not fall out. Slowly drop the stuffed snake gourd pieces into the boiling curry and cook on low heat till the gravy is sufficiently thick and the mince is cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with coconut rice or plain rice.

ANGLO-INDIAN STYLE MUTTON DO-PIAZA also known as Double Onions Mutton Curry or Twice the Onions Curry

ANGLO-INDIAN STYLE MUTTON DO-PIAZA also known as Double Onions Mutton Curry or Twice the Onions Curry

Dopiaza Mutton or Chicken Dishes were very popular in Anglo-Indian homes in Calcutta and across Bengal. Do Piaza when translated literally means “two onions,”. This means that the Do Piaza Curry is prepared with almost double the quantity of onions as compared to a normal Meat or chicken curry. In a Dopiaza Curry, half the quantity of the onions are added raw while cooking the curry and the remaining onions are fried and added to the dish at the end.  The prominent flavour of onions gives a slight sweet taste to the curry.


Serves 6           Time required: 1 hour


½ kg Mutton

4 large onions sliced

1 large tomato chopped

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoon chillie powder

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1 teaspoons coriander powder

1 teaspoon all spice powder or garam masala powder

2 tablespoons lime juice

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons oil

2 green chillies sliced

2 cloves

2 cardamoms

2 one pieces of cinnamon

2 tablespoon curds / yoghurt


Marinate the mutton with chillie powder, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, spice powder / garam  masala powder and salt and keep aside for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a suitable pan or pressure cooker and sauté half of the onions till golden brown. Remove and keep aside.

In the same pan add the marinated meat along with the bay leaves, green chillies, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.  Fry on low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining sliced onions, chopped tomato, curds and mix well. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Now add 2 glasses of water and mix well. Cook covered on low heat for 1 hour (or pressure cook for 15 minutes) till the mutton is tender and the gravy is quite thick. Now add the fried onions and mix once. Remove from heat.

Garnish with Chopped Coriander leaves if dersired. Serve with Rice or chapattis.


Note: Beef or Chicken can also be used instead.


Serves 6   Preparation and cooking Time 45 minutes


1 Large Ox tongue

1 big onion sliced

4 red chilies broken into bits

1 teaspoon whole pepper corns

2 cloves and 2 small pieces of cinnamon

2 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

Tongue Roast  NewWash the tongue well and then pressure cook it with 2 cups of water and a little salt till tender letting some soup remain. Open the pressure cooker and remove the boiled tongue. Let it cool for some time. When it is a little cold remove the white skin from the tongue and put it back into the open cooker and add the oil, onion, red chilies pepper corns, cloves and cinnamon and a little more salt.  Mix well.  Simmer on low heat till all the soup dries up and the tongue is nicely brown all over .Cut into slices and arrange on a plate along with the residue. Serve hot or cold with mashed  potatoes and bread. You can make very delicious sandwiches with tongue roast as filling.



This is an easy recipe for the Anglo-Indian version of Beef Stroganoff  that was perfected by me!!!

Serves 6    Time required: About 1 hour 20 mins


1 kg Beef Sirloin cut into cubes

2 medium size onions chopped finely

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

250 grams button mushrooms sliced

2 teaspoons crushed black pepper

2 Bay leaves

2 pieces of cinnamon (about one inch size)

1 cup red wine

3 tablespoons cooking oil

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chopped mint

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

2 tablespoons flour

½ cup cream

Heat the oil in a suitable pan and fry the chopped onions, garlic, bay leaves and cinnamon for a few minutes till the onions turn light brown. Add the beef cubes, mushrooms, and all the other ingredients and stir fry for a few minutes. Add sufficient water (about 2 or 3 glasses) and cook on low heat till the beef is cooked and the gravy is quite thick. Serve with Buttered Toast or Dinner Rolls and Mash Potatoes.




This dish is a kind of Stew made with a combination of meat, chicken, pork and vegetables. It’s a very old Anglo-Indian recipe. However, any combination of meat could be used as per personal preference. The same recipe could be used with chicken only. This Stew was a must have for Christmas or Easter Breakfast in almost all Anglo-Indian Homes in the olden days and was eaten with bread or rolls. I have fond memories of this dish when growing up in KGF.

Serves 6  Preparation Time 1 hour


¼ kg Beef                        

¼ kg mutton / lamb

½ kg chicken

¼ kg pork

A few carrots and beans chopped into medium size pieces (or any other English vegetables)

3 potatoes peeled and cut into quarters

2 teaspoons chillie powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons pepper powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

4 dry red chillies broken into pieces

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

2 pieces cinnamon

5 cloves

3 onions sliced

2 tomatoes chopped

2 tablespoons chopped mint

3 tablespoons oil

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons coconut paste or coconut milk

2 tablespoons vinegar

Cut the meat, chicken and pork into small pieces. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a suitable vessel and add the onions, cinnamon, cloves, broken red chillies and chopped garlic. Fry till the onions turn golden brown. Add all the cut up meat together with the chillie powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt coriander powder and tomatoes and mix well.  Fry till the tomatoes turn to pulp. Add the mint and the coconut paste and mix well. Add sufficient water and cook till the meat is soft. If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook for 10 minutes (6 to 8 whistles).

Now add all the chopped vegetables and vinegar and 2 more cups of water and simmer on low heat till the vegetables are cooked and the gravy is slightly thick. Serve with bread or dinner rolls. It also goes well with Hoppers, Dosa and Idlis too!!


Devilled Meat Balls 1
Serves 6 Preparation Time approx 1 hour
1 kg Beef Mince
3 onions chopped finely
3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves or chopped parsley
2 teaspoons chillie powder
1 teaspoon pepper powder
4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
A few curry leaves
2 tablespoons flour
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons oil

Mix the mince with the chopped onions, coriander leaves / parsley, chillie powder, pepper powder, salt and bread crumbs and set aside for one hour. Squeeze out all the water. Divide into equal size portions then roll into balls. Heat oil in a nonstick pan and fry the meat balls gently till they are brown. Remove and keep aside.

In the same oil add a few curry leaves, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon pepper powder, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons tomato sauce and mix well. Add 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Add the fried meat balls and shake the pan gently so that the gravy covers all of them. Simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes till the meat balls are firm and the gravy dries up. Keep frying gently till the balls are fried to a golden brown. Serve as a Starter or a side dish with Pepper Water and White Steamed rice.


Serves 6             Preparation Time 1 hour


1kg veal from the shoulder portion (1 whole chunk)

4 medium size onions cut finely

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon garlic paste

2 teaspoons chillie powder

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon butter or ghee

Salt to taste

Boil the veal in sufficient water with a little salt and a pinch of turmeric till tender. Remove from heat and cool.  When cold, cut the boiled veal into small pieces. Mix the chillie powder, turmeric powder, salt and garlic paste with the boiled veal pieces and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till golden brown. Remove from the pan and keep aside.

Now fry the marinated boiled veal in the same pan adding a tablespoon of butter or ghee and cook till the meat begins to look dry. Mix in the fried onions and simmer on low heat for 5 more minutes. Serve with rice or bread and a few steamed vegetables.

Country Captain is usually prepared with chicken. However it can be prepared with any left over cold meat as well. Hence the name Cold Meat Curry



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