18 August 2022


18 August 2022


Travel to 19th century India with your tastebuds when you try out our Victorian inspired recipe.

During her working life the SS Great Britain journeyed to six continents, 24 countries and journeyed round the world an incredible 32 times. Those passengers and crew, who travelled aboard, experienced many new cultural sights, sounds, smells and most importantly tastes. We get a sense of those exotic foods and the excitement they created within passenger diaries and letters.

Our summer activity, Dishes of Discovery, highlights the ship’s diverse reach across the oceans and, the ports she visited, as well as, giving visitors the chance to experience that culinary excitement for themselves by tasting three very different sample dishes from Cape Town, Mumbai, and Crimea.

Read on to find out how to make one of our dishes at home…

Our Green Coriander & Coconut Chutney Recipe was inspired by the flavours of Mumbai, a port of call for the SS Great Britain, this chutney would have been exotic and exciting compared to the pale English palette. Samuel Archer, a crew member who disembarked in Mumbai in 1857, wrote of the ‘amusing and interesting sight’ of ‘vendors of bananas, coconuts and oranges’.

This is a version of a traditional chutney that visitors to Mumbai in the 19th century may have tasted. In the UK we often think of chutneys as involving vegetables or fruits with spices preserved in vinegar and sugar, but traditionally Indian chutneys would be made fresh on the day that they were consumed.

In his book ‘Culinary Jottings for Madras’ “Wyvern” (Colonel Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert) first published in 1878 following over 30 years working in India gives recipes for a number of fresh chutneys including tomato, cucumber, coconut, mint and tamarind.


  • Large bunch of fresh coriander leaves, washed and dried
  • 100g of fresh coconut, grated (you can but this frozen, ready grated)
  • 100ml of tinned coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 green chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons of tamarind paste mixed with a little water (optional) or just use a few teaspoons of water
  • Pinch of salt and sugar to taste



  1. Grate the coconut and place in a medium-sized bowl. Add the chopped coriander.
  2. Stir the coconut milk well to ensure it is thoroughly mixed and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the lime juice chopped chilli, grated ginger and crushed garlic to the bowl and mix well.
  4. Add the tamarind paste and water.
  5. Blend until smooth. Add a little more water or lime juice if the mixture appears too dry.


This quantity makes 150 tasting portions. This is best served on the day it is made but it can keep  for up to 3 days in the refrigerator We suggest serving about ½ a teaspoon on a mini papadum


Allergens: none although some people may experience a reaction to coconut



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