Festive Special: Recipes from the Kitchens of the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata

Festive Special: Recipes from the Kitchens of the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata
What's the festive season without some lip-smacking delicacies?, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

You can cook up a hearty meal with these three simple recipes from the kitchens of Kolkata’s Grand Dame of Chowringhee

Uttara Gangopadhyay
October 12 , 2021
10 Min Read

Standing amidst the chaotic heart of Kolkata, on top of the Esplanade, the more than a century old Oberoi Grand is not only a picture of solid calm but is also layered in history. The hotel has presented the city with a series of restaurants over the years, each as famous as the one before or after it. 

For this festive season, we decided to ask the chefs at the iconic hotel to share a handful of recipes we could recreate at home.


Amaranth Kulcha

Laal shaak (saag), or amaranth as it is otherwise known as, is a popular Bengali starter dish. The cooked leaves are eaten at the start (after the bitters) of a traditional full course meal. But did you know that Pappu Singh, Executive Chef of Kolkata’s iconic The Oberoi Grand, has used this humble leafy vegetable to make a tasty but nutritious flatbread which can be eaten with a side of vegetarian or non-vegetarian curry? “This naturally gluten-free plant is a major source of protein and vitamin C,” he pointed out. We requested him to share this recipe as part of our festive special menu and he graciously agreed.

So this festive season, go ahead and make the amaranth kulcha and who knows it may turn out to be your star dish when everyone is clamouring for immunity boosting food?

Amaranth Kulcha

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

100g Wheat flour                             

15ml Refined oil                                

2g Cumin seed                    

10g Garlic chopped          

5g Green chilli                        

200g Amaranth leaves   

2g Salt                                      

5g Coriander powder        

5g Coriander leaves           

2g Poppy seed                

20g Ghee/Butter


Make a soft dough with wheat flour and water, keep it aside.

Clean and chop the amaranth leaves.

Take a thick bottom pan, heat refined oil, add cumin seeds and fry to a crackle. 

Add the chopped garlic and chilli and sauté well.

Add the chopped amaranth leaves to the sautéed mix.

Cook well, add salt and coriander powder.

Once the water dries up, add coriander leaves and poppy seeds. The filling is ready.

Now make ‘peda’ with the dough, fill it with the amaranth mixture and roll it like a ‘chapati’.

Heat the iron griddle and cook the ‘kulcha’-s. Finish with ghee or butter.

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Dak Bungalow Murgi Roast
Dak Bungalow Murgi Roast

“Bengal’s colonial history, especially as the capital of British India has given rise to an exciting cuisine – Anglo Indian food,” said Executive Chef Singh. “The culture of dishes from the dak bungalow, railway curries, jhal frazies and roasts were a roaring success and continues to be a popular pick among our guests till date.” Chef chose the Dak Bungalow Murgi Roast as an example of the glorious recipes that have stayed on.


One (900-1100g) Whole chicken with skin            

50g Ginger garlic paste   

100ml Mustard oil                                            

150g Yoghurt                                      

20g Red chilli powder                       

5g Green cardamom                         

5g Star anise                                       

5g Clove                                                               

10g Black salt                                      

5g Salt                                                   

5g Red chilli whole                           

2g Cinnamon stick                            

5g Cumin seed                                  

5g Coriander seed                           

70g Whole onion                              

50g Whole garlic                               

50g Tomato                                        

70g Potatoes                                      

20g Coriander leaves                      

2 Eggs

50g Butter                                                           

20g Lemon 


Marinate the chicken with ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, salt and lemon juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Roast whole spices together and make a powder.

In a medium bowl, combine yoghurt, mustard oil, red chilli powder, black salt and cumin powder. Mix to a smooth paste.

Spread the yoghurt mix and powdered spices on the chicken and keep aside.

Add sliced onion, tomato, potato and garlic to the marinated chicken.

Preheat the oven at 200° Celsius, place the marinated chicken on a greasing tray and cook for 20 minutes.

Add boiled egg, baste the roasting chicken with the remaining marinade in between to seal in the flavours. 

Cook for another 10 minutes till fully done. Serve hot.

Our festivals  are never complete without sweets. Chef Singh has used the famous and flavour-packed mishti doi (sweet curd) of Bengal in a baked avatar with pistachio and saffron, as a hat tip to the origin of the festival of lights. 

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 Executive Chef Pappu Singh

“All desserts at the hotel, including the Indian and Bengali mithais, are homemade by our team of talented chefs,” said the chef.

Pista and Saffron Baked Yoghurt
Pista and Saffron Baked Yoghurt

Ingredients (Serves 4)

120g Yoghurt                                   

120g Fresh cream                      

120g Condensed milk              

.001g Saffron                                     

50g Pista 


Preheat the oven at 160° Celsius.

Whisk yoghurt, fresh cream and condensed milk well till smooth.

Now add saffron and chopped pista into the mixture.

Bake on a water bath at 160° Celsius for 7 minutes.

Serve chilled.                                


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