Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!!!!
Folks! Christmas is fast approaching and we all are set to welcome it with these sumptuous recipes. India being a secular country celebrates each and every festival with utmost happiness and Christmas is also amongst the list.
The word “Merry” before Christmas says it all. It is a festival of happiness and is most liked by children all across the world. Magnificent gifts, melodious songs, and mouthwatering cakes embark Christmas. In India too, Christmas has its own charm. It is celebrated with equal zeal and excitement. Many preparations are done on this day ranging from decorating Christmas tree to exchanging gifts to delectable recipes.
So, here are some of the recipes dedicated to Christmas but in Indian style. Have a look!
Plum Cake and Christmas are relatively related to each other. Both complement each other. I still remember my college days when I visited a Church during Christmas and had that lip-smacking plum cake after the prayer. Simply whisk one cup butter, one and a half cup powdered sugar, around 6 eggs, and a spoonful of vanilla essence together and keep aside. In another bowl sieve all-purpose flour and a pinch of baking powder and a pinch of baking soda. Add dried cherries, plums and walnuts to the mixture. Mix in both dry and wet ingredients together. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees and bake the mixture for 30-40 minutes. Your sumptuous plum cake is ready to relish.
Now you all must be thinking what’s new in this!!! Coffee is a basic drink and is made in almost each and every household. But when it comes to Christmas this simple drink also becomes extraordinary. Melt one bar of dairy milk chocolate and keep aside. Now take half a cup of boiled water and add one tsp of instant coffee. Pour in boiling milk and stir. Now add dairy milk chocolate syrup and sugar as per taste. Garnish with whipped cream and chopped nuts. Your sizzling hot Christmas special coffee is ready.
Everybody is fond of chocolates and so am I. And so when it is about Christmas, chocolates has to be given a special place. One such recipe is no bake chocolate cookies. Grind one packet of Parle G biscuits into a fine powder. Add a small can of milkmaid and cocoa powder and mix properly. Add chocolate chips to the mixture. Spread the thick layer of mixture on a greased plate and chill for three to four hours to let the cookies set. After the cookies are set, cut them into the shape of your choice and enjoy.
Having shared these three basic Christmas desserts of India lets now move to different parts of India to see how Christmas is celebrated there.
Christmas in South India
Being a hub of Christians (especially in Kerala), Christmas is a very special festival in south India. And not only Christians, but every community celebrates Christmas with excitement and foods thus prepared is also awesome. Have a look at some of the Christmas recipes from South India:
1. Spicy Chicken Fritters
This lip-smacking snack will make the best appetizer for any Christmas party. Made with minimal ingredients this snack offers a tangy twist, a crispy factor as well as a tinge of hotness in one meal. Take half boiled boneless chicken pieces and coat them with flour mixed with red chili powder, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Now dip the chicken pieces into eggs mixture and coat with breadcrumbs and deep fry until golden brown. Now pour hot barbeque sauce on fried chicken pieces and enjoy the snack with wine or any other drink of choice.
2. Carrot Cake
Another tasty and healthy recipe. Carrot cake is a widely accepted recipe and is really easy to make. Grate half kg of carrots and keep aside. In a bowl whisk eggs (3 to 4 in number), powdered sugar, oil, and vanilla essence evenly. In another bowl sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda and cinnamon powder. Now add grated carrots, raisins, walnuts and wet mixture and mix well. Pour the mixture into a greased bowl and bake in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till the cake is properly cooked.
Christmas in Mumbai
Cool breeze, pleasant weather, and beaches are what defines Mumbai: the city of dreams. It is said that this city never sleeps and during Christmas times there is a valid reason to not sleep and enjoy the nightlife of the city.
Mumbai is a home to many Catholic communities and thus Christmas is celebrated in full swing there. There are so many churches to offer prayers to Lord Jesus and seek his blessings. Many events occur at Mumbai during Christmas times; Christmas Carnival being the most popular.
Shops and market deck up for Christmas shopping with a wide range of gifts and mouth-watering street food. The whole city is decorated like a bride. One can have fun at the Mumbai carnival or rock and roll in discs or even take a stroll at beaches which boasts of festive aroma. This is how the Christmas is celebrated in Mumbai.
So, did we left out any recipe? Do tell us how you celebrate Christmas in the comment section below.