British Empire Breakfast Solutions – Kedgeree

Way way back, when this Sceptred Isle had turned much of the World Map pink some jolly Colonialists in India discovered a dish called ‘Khichri’ which combined rice and lentils. They bought it back home to the Mother Country, adding butter, boiled eggs and curry powder to spice it up and called it Kedgeree. Traditionally served at breakfast time!

Some say this is all total rubbish and that it was actually thought up in Scotland and then transported out to India. Nevertheless Kedgeree is one of those old-school dishes that has survived the ages.

To create this simple dish (takes 20 mins) you’ll need (whipped off James Martin this one):

  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2oz butter
  • 10½oz basmati rice
  • 1 tsp madras curry powder
  • grated nutmeg
  • 7fl oz milk
  • 4fl oz double cream
  • 10½oz haddock
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs halved
  • pinch cayenne

To begin melt the butter:

Now gently fry the onion for a few mins:

Continue cooking adding the rice, curry powder and nutmeg. After a few minutes, add the milk, cream and 9fl oz water. Once simmering add the fish and continue, stirring occasionally until the rice is cooked.

Now add the parsley, seasoning and cayenne pepper (and some more curry powder if you want). You might need to add a bit more water if the mixture is dry and cook until it absorbs).

Serve topped with the boiled egg and another chunk of butter if you are a glutton. Which I am. Here’s to the culinary mash-up that was the Good ‘Ol Blightie Empire!

22 thoughts on “British Empire Breakfast Solutions – Kedgeree

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  2. Ha ha, what great timing. I was watching Blackadder(3rd season) a few weeks ago and heard the word ‘kedgeree’ there. I got such a shock because we call it ‘kitchri’ here!

    Because I’m not a big fan of rice dishes, I don’t like it very much. Also our version is somewhat different, my mum usually makes a veggie version but I must say, yours looks far tastier with the haddock! Yum! 🙂

  3. May I make one tiny request. Since I am American, I don’t always know how to pronounce the dishes you cook. I learned that Worchestershire Sauce is pronounced [Woster Sauce] from a Brit, so now I always wonder if I am pronouncing all those other English words “correctly.” Do you drop any sounds in Kedgeree or is it simply [ked-grrrr-eee]? Thanks for enlightening me.

    • I’ve always said it as ked-juh-ree. ALthough that may not be right! And yes thats how you say worcestershire sauce – some time back Lea & Perrins started saying shire at the end on their adverts but dropped it – part of the charm (now try marmite for a really unusual British ingredient)

  4. that actually looks pretty good…..interesting breakfast choice…certainly would get you going in the morning 😉

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