History is incomplete without food and food is incomplete without its history. Food started as survival and went on to become a necessity and now more of a lifestyle.
Cuisines have evolved since human civilization. At one point of time it was purely about flavor and taste and now it is about presentation and a social prestige.
Being able to understand more about food and taste has become a social obligation. Unless we have masters who help us take through the era or civilization, understanding food is far complex and the authenticity gets lost in the midst of fusion and innovation.
However, people like Bridget Kumar who spent her life in British owned mining field Kolar and is now working on Anglo-Indian recipes has helped us understand more about Anglo-Indian cuisine. With 4 books on this cuisine, she has been conducting master classes along with hosting food festival in different hotels across India.
Anglo-Indian cuisine developed during the British rule in India when the ladies of British high official interacted with the Indian cooks. Eg: kedgeree, mulligatawny, and chutney were added to the English palates. Dishes like dak bungalow chicken developed in the traveller’s bungalow across India.
The fascinating story of Anglo-Indian cuisine, its influence and the story of British era, the ferries, Dak bungalows, saloon( special compartment for high-rank railways officials ) always has mesmerized us. This is what happened last night when I met Bridget Kumar, the lady who is working hard to revive the cuisine of the colonial era. K3 at JW Marriott is hosting 10-day food festival “ Colonian Indulgence ” with Bridget Kumar”.
Don’t miss the famous dak bungalow chicken, Prawn temparado, Lamb Country Captain the best pork vindaloo and Kedgeree( rice and pulse cooked together, but it wasn’t khichdi or Tahiri). The menu is cyclic here so that you can come and try out the dishes.
My recommendations are Pork Vindaloo, Lamb Country Captain, Kedgeree and Dak Bungalow chicken.
What – Colonial Indulgence (Memsahib’s Kitchen)
11th -20th August
Lunch 12 Noon – 3.3PM (2450 Plus taxes)
Dinner – 7PM – 11PM (2850 Plus Taxes)
K3, JW Marriott
Asset Area 4 – Hospitality District, Delhi Aerocity
110 037 New Delhi, India
Phone Number – 011 4521 2121
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.