Chapslee is renowned for its Cuisine, a legacy of the royal ‘House of Kapurthala.’
Royal Indian Cuisine.
In days gone by, each known royal house of India had a culinary repertoire distinctly its own and prized recipes were heavily guarded secrets. Even so, there was mutual exchange of recipes between members of different families or they travelled as part of the trousseau of the royal bride and also through the khansamas who sought employment in different households. Over time many of these recipes got assimilated into the collection of another royal house. Thus, to a great extent North Indian cuisine got intermingled with no specific allegiance to any particular State. In the case of the Chapslee branch of the Kapurthala family the cuisine was influenced by the houses of Patiala, Bhawalpur and Kashmir, but above all, by Awadh, due to a close bond of friendship with the family of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.
Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala was not only a gourmet, but his knowledge of food, both Indian and French was par excellence and he was renowned for the cuisine that graced his table. His legacy is the delectable culinary repository that Reggie inherited and further perfected, and in turn passed on to the next generation. These recipes were honed to perfection by Reggie, himself a gourmet extraordinaire, and continue to be served to our guests at Chapslee. Some of these include Pasanda Kebab, Naranj Pulao, Pulao Firdaus, Aaloo Bukhara Gosht, Badami Murg, Machli ka korma, Narangi Kheer, Phirni, Shahi Tukda.
Chapslee also offers it’s guests a varied Continental Menu. The popular fare includes Eggs Florentine, Roast Mutton/Chicken, Fish Meuniere, Cannelloni, Crepe Suzettes, Chocolate Mousse, Mango/Lemon Soufflé, Lemon Meringue Pie, Apple/Banana Fritters.
Anglo Indian Cuisine
Chapslee is unique for being one of the few places to offer an Anglo Indian Menu which is now a rarity. Recipes such as Mulligatawny Soup, Glace Chops, Beckti Moilee, Steamed Ginger Pudding, Bread and Butter Pudding, find pride of place at Chapslee being some of the treasures that have survived.
It would not be out of place to mention that Reggie had the privilege to host the Gourmet extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain at Chapslee for an exclusive Anglo Indian meal which was covered extensively in the CNN feature titled “Parts Unknown Punjab, India” in 2014.