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Dinner with the Raj - First Course

Vegetable Mulligatawny

Dissolve in a large stewpan or thick iron saucepan, four ounces of butter, and when it is on the point of browning, throw in four large mild onions sliced, three pounds weight of young vegetable marrow cut in large dice and cleared from the skin and seeds, four large or six moderate-sized cucumbers, pared, split, and emptied likewise of their seeds, and from three to six large acid apples, according to the taste; shake the pan often, and stew these over a gentle fire until they are tolerably tender; then strew lightly over and mix well amongst them, three heaped tablespoonsful of mild currie powder, and nearly a third as much of salt, and let the vegetables stew for a further twenty to thirty minutes longer; then pour to them gradually sufficient boiling water (broth or stock if preferred) to just cover them, and when they are reduced almost to a pulp press the whole through a hair sieve with a wooden spoon, and heat it in a clean stewpan, with as much additional liquid as will make two quarts with that which was fist added. Give any flavouring that may be needed, whether of salt, cayenne, or acid, and serve the soup extremely hot. Should any butter appear on the surface, let it be carefully skimmed off, or stir in a small dessertspoonful of arrowroot to absorb it. Rice may be served with this soup at pleasure, but as it is of the consistence of winter peas soup, it scarcely requires any addition.   

Eliza Acton

Curried Eggs

Hardboil a sufficient number of eggs to form a dish, cut each into four slices.  Put 2 oz butter , or 2 tablespoonsful of olive oil into a frying pan. And when well heated, throw into it a good large onion and an apple, both sliced; fry briskly until well browned; add a good breakfastcupful of either milk or cream, water or stock in which you have mixed a dessertspoonful of strong curry powder, simmer for about ten minutes and thicken with the beaten yolk of an egg.   

Arrange the sliced eggs in a hot dish and pour the curry over them or just stew them in it for a few minutes and serve.  

Georgina Hill

 

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