Sunday, June 26, 2011

Favoring Curry

Curry Balls. Put any pieces of tough uncooked mutton twice through the meat chopper; season the meat with salt, pepper and onion juice. Form into little balls the size of an English walnut. Put two tablespoonfuls of butter into a saucepan; when hot, throw the balls into the butter, and shake until carefully browned. Lift them from the saucepan, and to the butter in the pan add a teaspoonful of curry, a tablespoonful of flour, mix and add a half pint of stock; stir carefully until boiling; pour this over the balls, cook, slowly for twenty minutes, add two tablespoonfuls of lemon juice and serve in a border of rice. Cocoanut milk may be used instead of stock.

Bobotee. Chop sufficient cold boiled mutton to make a pint. Put two tablespoonfuls of butter and one onion sliced into a saucepan; stir until the onion is slightly brown; then add a half pint of stock or milk and four tablespoonfuls of bread crumbs. Stand this on the back of the stove for about five minutes while you blanch and chop fine a dozen almonds. Add these to the meat, then add a teaspoonful of curry powder, and a teaspoonful of salt. Beat three eggs until light, stir them into the meat, then turn the whole into the saucepan. Rub the bottom of the baking dish first with a clove of garlic, then sprinkle over a tablespoonful of lemon juice and put here and there a few bits of butter; put on this the mixture, and bake in a quick oven twenty minutes. Serve in the dish in which it is baked, and pass with it plain boiled rice.

Indian Hash. Chop fine sufficient cold-roasted duck, chicken, or turkey to make one pint. Cut a good-sized onion into very thin slices. Pare, core, and chop fine one apple. Put two tablespoonfuls of butter in a saucepan, add the apple and the onion; toss until brown, then add not more than an eighth of a teaspoonful of powdered mace, a half teaspoonful of salt, a teaspoonful of curry powder, a tablespoonful of flour, a teaspoonful of sugar; mix and add a half pint of stock or water; now add the meat, stir constantly until smoking hot, then stand over hot water, covering closely for twenty minutes. Add two tablespoonfuls of lemon juice and serve in a border of rice.

From Made-over Dishes, 1912, Mrs. Sarah Tyson Rorer. Copyright-free image from Dover.


Packrat said...

No, thank you, anyway. (I would eat these if I had to be polite or if I was really hungry. Then, too, it might depend on the curry. Some curry mixtures taste better than others.)

Anonymous said...

Those actually sound pretty good. More of a hash than a curry.

Miss Kitty said...

I love old recipes! Interesting to see how culinary tastes and practices have changed over the years.

However, I'll take Mom's chicken curry over these anyday. Not at ALL a mutton/lamb fan.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... Interesting. I like mutton/lamb, and really would be up for trying any of these recipes. One interesting thing to me is that they seem more simple and quick than many turn-of-the-century recipes.