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Terms used in recipes

You may see words used in recipes designating quantities such as ollock, abbreviated to oll, pollum and viss. [1]

1 ollock (oll) =11.719 cubic inches=192 millilitres (ml) (or cubic centimetres)
1 pollum=1¼ oz= 35.5 grams
1 viss=3lb 2oz=1.42kg [2]

Recommended Reading

External links

"The Tonic that kept the British Empire Going" by Mayur Mulki 9 June 2018
"Spreading the word: using cookbooks and colonial memoirs to examine the foodways of British Colonials in Asia, 1850-1900" by Cecilia Y. Leong-Salobir, University of Wollongong. From The Routledge History of Food 2015 (pp. 131-155)

Historical books online

A Hindu Woman Cooking
Undated edition, catalogued 1869 with some handwritten recipes. 1880 edition The Indian Cookery Book, published c 1900 by Thacker, Spink & Co, Calcutta. Project Gutenberg Australia.
"How the India Pale Ale Got Its Name" by William Bostwick April 7, 2015.
Tweed's Cow-keeping In India 5th edition, revised by S N Sinha, 1931

Restricted viewing (probably available in North America)


  1. "Five Grandmothers and an Anglo-Indian Cookbook!" by Kalyan Karmakar June 29, 2015., now an archived webpage.
  2. Page 213 onwards ‪The Anglo-Hindoostanee Handbook‬ 1850 Google Books