to the tales about the lone Anglo Indian family in Whitefield, the tattered but
precious 108-year-old manuscript filled with recipes that were handed over to
Chef Arzooman Irani, I felt transported to the era. It was a memorable journey
“The deciphering of the
handwritten recipes in the notebook was the only challenge we faced while
bringing back to life the dishes mentioned in it. It was the family recipe book
handwritten by Harry Blake, one of the original settlers of Whitefield near
Bangalore. The notebook was handed over to us by his granddaughter,,”
Arzooman Irani, executive chef at Vivanta by Taj-Whitefield Bangalore shared as
I sipped on my ginger wine- it was commonly had back then as fresh
ginger was so abundantly grown in the farms as well as in kitchen gardens, the
ladies of Whitefield used to make it in barrels and bottle it, which was served
before the meal [it is a non alcoholic drink with slivers of ginger that catch you by
Chronicles of Whitefield food festival was on [22nd to 31st
Aug]. And along with this, they had also launched their whole new range of
cocktails- “Vivanta Colonial Hangover”.
soup – a broth made with lentils and pepper. The surprise element from Blake was
giving it a fruity twist by adding finely cut apples. It not only added to the
texture, but added to the flavour as well.
varieties – coconut rice and tomato rice served alongside vegetable stew, a
mushroom & potato gravy and mix veg gravy. For the non veggies, they got mutton
ball curry, country captain chicken curry and Blake’s signature dish – Harry’s
from kerala but was milder and mellow. It was just divine with the coconut
rice. The tomato rice on the other hand was near
bland, quite different from what we are used to. Irani told us that this was
how the dishes were prepared and he had decided to follow the recipes to the
a platter- sooji pudding with hint of cardamom, the absolutely amazing coconut
pudding and kulkuls[ these are like little biscuits rolled similar to gnocchi].
We loved the coconut pudding, the thin puff pastry base and lovely cake on top.
of Whitefield are available for Lunch and Dinner [a la carte] from 22nd
to 31st Aug at Vivanta by Taj- Connemara.
for two should work out to about Rs3000 [with alcohol]
more details and reservations contact +91 44 66000000