Food is an integral part of life and festivals are incomplete without good food. For this upcoming Christmas let us try to include food items that go beyond the staple/conventional Christmas meal. Christmas is a winter celebration in our northern hemisphere and hence the mention of Christmas lunches and dinners invariably conjure images of hot food sitting invitingly on well laid out tables.
The signature food items during Christmas are the cakes, roasted turkey, roasted duck and roasted chicken. Puddings and desserts are also the highpoints of a three course Christmas meal. And it is here where we can afford a little innovation. Indian sweets like gulab jamun, jallebi, rasgulla, kheer can be relished instead of the western puddings and chocolate mousses and tiramisus.
Various dressings and accompaniments can be experimented with Indian desserts. For instance coconut flakes can be served with kheerIndian sweets are easily available for purchase in sweetmeat shops. "Moreover various dressings and accompaniments can be experimented with. For instance coconut flakes can be served with kheer," says an enthusiastic housewife who is planning her Christmas lunch. "Moreover it is easier to gift/distribute Indian sweets among your loved ones instead of roasted or grilled dishes or even the ubiquitous cake," she adds.
Moreover it is a great idea to try different cuisines from across the globe. "Italian dishes like panettone, pandoro, panforte, struffoli are a must try for me," says a foodie from Nagaland.