The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on, and if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it right here. From cakes and decorations to puddings and sweets and roast turkeys. we try list some different recipes for you.
Wondering what to cook for Christmas lunch? It's almost Christmas so don't wonder too long :-) Do it differently this year and go the Indian way! Why? There's heaps to choose from and it's all very tasty indeed!
You could cook up an Anglo-Indian Christmas feast or celebrate Christmas Goan-style (Goa is on the western coast of India). And if you're still not feeling spoilt for choice, here're some more Christmas meal ideas
Kul Kuls recipe
A great sweet to prepare with the family, Kulkuls are made all over India at Christmas time. They are fun to make and keep very well if stored in a airtight container.
- 1/2 kg plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 4 tbsps sugar powdered
- 1 tbsp butter
- Oil for deep frying
- 1 cup sugar
- 3-4 tbsps water
- Mix the flour and baking powder well.
- Add the butter a little at a time, mixing gently.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the flour-butter mix.
- Add the sugar and coconut milk to this and mix into a soft dough.
- Form the dough into small marble-sized balls.
- Grease the back of a fork with some oil and flatten and press a ball of dough onto it.
- Starting at one end, roll the dough off the fork and into a tight curl. The end result will be a tube-like curl with the design from the fork on it! Make the remaining dough similiarly till it is all used up.
- Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame.
- When hot, fry the kulkuls in it, making sure to turn often, till they are a light golden brown in color. Drain and cool on paper towels.
- Put the sugar and water in a separate pan and cook till the sugar melts fully.
- Put the cooled kulkuls into this sugar syrup and coat well.
- Remove and allow to sit in a plate till the sugar encrusts on the kulkuls.
- When fully cooled, you can store the kulkuls for a considerable amount of time if kept in an air-tight container.
Rose Cookies recipe
This snack is made during Christmas time. It is very tasty while having tea/coffee in the evenings.
1/2 Kg Maida; Eggs 6; Sugar to taste; 1/2 a coconut for milk; a pinch of salt to counter act the Sugar; Oil for Deep frying; Cake Seeds 1 Tbsp.
Scrape the coconut & extract the milk, beat the eggs well - keep aside. Take the Maida sieve it place in a bowl add the eggs, sugar, salt cake seeds & keep mixing using the coconut milk little @ a time to make a fine smooth batter like for Dosas' - keep aside. To make the Rose Cookies: Take a wok (Kadai) pour the oil kept for deep frying place on heat, now place the mould into the oil & keep it immersed when the mould is very hot, remove from the oil & lightly dip half way only into the batter - & put it back into the oil - wait for a second & start shaking the mould, the Cookie will leave the Mould -fry the cookie on both sides till golden brown remove & drain then let it cool, place in air tight containers & keep use whenever needed. Continue making the cookies with the remaining batter.
You could use Jeera Seeds, a little white pepper pwd, chillie powder & salt instead of Sugar
Diamond Cut CookiesIngredients For Diamond Cut Cookies:
1 lb filo dough (keep dough wrapped in damp towel once you cut it)
2 lbs butter (lightly salted)
1 1/2 c. walnuts, ground fine 1-bottle orange flower water (should be available at specialty shops, or at a grocery store with a very good ethnic section)
3 1/2 c. sugar (or more to taste)
1 3/4 c. water
Juice of 2 lemons
Instructions For Diamond Cut Cookies:
Mix nuts with 1/2 c. sugar, or more to taste. Add 1 1/2 Tblsp. orange flower water.
Make syrup ahead of time. Mix 3 c. sugar and water to boil; boil 1/2 hr. Add lemon juice, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. orange flower water.
Melt butter. Line 13x9 pan with butter. Separate dough in half; cut to fit pan. Keep left-over pieces of dough to fill in spaces.
Separate sheets of dough and put 2 sheets together. Add 2 sheets at a time to pan and then butter well. Add 2 more sheets and butter again. You can fill in layers with pieces. Continue until half the dough is used.
Add layer of nuts, and then repeat procedure as you did for the bottom half. Butter top layer and cut into diamonds with sharp knife.
Pour remaining butter over top. Bake diamond cut cookies at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.
Let cool slightly, and add some of the syrup. Then cool completely. Use remainder of syrup to "freshen them up" when you serve or eat them. Cut your diamond cut cookies to whatever size you prefer.
INDIAN GINGER WINE100 grams fresh ginger root
2 kgs sugar
6 limes / lemons (extract the juice)
3 pieces cinnamon
6 litres water
Peel and wash the ginger root and cut into thin strips. Put the ginger pieces, sugar and cinnamon together and bring to boil on high heat. Lower the heat, then simmer for atleast 2 hours on low heat till the water reduces and the mixture becomes slightly thick and coloured. Remove from heat then add the lime /lemon juice and mix well. When cold, strain through a thin cloth. Bottle and use as a digestive after all the heavy Christmas fare. This wine lasts for 3 months in a refrigerator.
COCONUT SWEETS2 cups coconut scrapings
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon pink or green food colouring
Take a thick bottomed vessel and heat the sugar and 1/4 cup water on high heat. When the sugar melts, add the coconut, vanilla essence, ghee / butter and the milk. Cook on medium heat stirring all the time till the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the vessel. Drop a teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of water and if it forms a ball when rolled between the thumb and fingers, the right consistency is reached. Grease a flat plate and pour the mixture on it. Spread well and flatten with the back of a spoon dipped in water. Cut into squares when slightly cool.
:: PAVLOVA ::
A traditional Australian dessert and popular at Christmas
as it is a real Summer dessert.
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 egg whites (room temperature)
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 1/4 cups thick cream
Decoration on top:-
Fresh Fruit such as sliced bananas, strawberries,passionfruit etc
Another popular decoration is grated Peppermint Crisp which is a
chocolate bar with a crunchy peppermint filling.You could also make
up your own topping.Limit is your imagination.
- preheat over to 250 Fahrenheit (150 celsius).
- Brush large baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Line base with wax paper
- Dust lightly with sifted cornstarch, shake off excess.
- Using a 7-8 inch (approx) round baking pan or lid as a guide, mark a circle in the centre of the prepared baking sheet.
- Place egg whites in a small dry mixing bowl. Using an electric beater, beat for 1 minute or until soft peaks form.
- Add the sugar gradually, 3 teaspoons at a time, beating constantly until mixture is thick and glossy and all the sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla extract and vinegar, beat until combined.
- Spread meringue onto the marked circle on the prepared baking sheet.Bake 1 and 1/4 hours or until pale and crisp. Cool completely on the tray in the oven, with door slightly ajar.
- When the pavlova shell is cooled slide a flat bladed knife underneath and carefully ease pavlova onto a serving plate
- Place cream in a mixing bowl. Using electric beaters, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Spread over the top of cooled pavlova shell.
INDIAN DOLDOL - THOLE THOLEA SPECIAL ANGLO-INDIAN CHRISTMAS SWEET MADE WITH RICE FLOUR AND COCONUT MILK
1 kg Sugar
500 grams Almonds chopped
300 grams find Semolina / Rava (Roasted lightly with a little ghee)
500 grams ghee or clarified butter
5 cups thick coconut milk extracted from 3 coconuts or 5 packs of ready coconut milk
1 kg Puttu Rice or Red Rice Flour
In a fairly big vessel, boil the sugar and coconut milk together till it forms a syrup. Mix the Rice flour and Semolina together and add to the syrup a little at a time, stirring constantly. Add the ghee and almonds. Stirring continuously, keep cooking on low heat till the mixture is thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour onto a greased plate. Cut into squares when cold. The Doldol will be black in colour.
9 Vita Brits or Weet Bix
½ cup coconut
1 cup chopped raisins
2 tabsp. Cocoa
1 tin condensed milk
3 tabsp. Bundaberg rum
Mix together well in a bowl.
Cover in the fridge for ½ hour. (That's what we do in Australia.)
(Yours could probably sit in the bowl in the snow.)
Shape into balls and roll in coconut.
Ingredients: 500g Raisins, 500g chopped Pitted Dates, 125g Sultanas, 125g Currants, 200g Glace Cherries, 1 Cup Brandy, 250g Butter Cut Into Small Pieces, 1 ½ Cups Dark Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Essence, 4 X 60g Eggs, 200g Dark Chocolate, 1 Cup Plumb Jam, 2 Cups Plain Flour, ½ Cup Self Raising Flour, 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Instructions: Mix the dried fruit in a bowl and add the brandy then leave it marinate for 1-2 hours.
Line a 23 cm deep round cake tin (or 2 x 18cm tins) with a double layer of baking paper on sides and base. Wrap outside of tin with a double thickness of brown paper and tie with string or secure join with a paper clip. Heat oven to 160°C.
Beat butter sugar add vanilla until creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one, beating well. Add to the fruit and mix well. Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over simmering water, or in the microwave for about 60 seconds, and then stir in the plumb jam and pour over the fruit. Fold in the flour and cinnamon, and pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth off the top and shake the pan to settle contents and remove air pockets.
Bake for 2 ½ - 3 hours (2-2 1/4 hours for smaller cakes) until a skewer test comes out clean. Remove from the oven, leave in the tin, wrap in tea towels and rest overnight befor serving.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes (plus marintation) - Cooking Time: 2-3 hours
Want a taste of Christmas in Goa? Here're some traditional Goan dishes you can cook in your own kitchen.
- Pork Vindaloo
- Prawn Ambot Tik
- Prawn Balchao
- Chicken Cafreal
- Fish Xacuti
- Mackerel Raechad
- Chocolate Walnut Fudge
GingerbreadHere is the list of gingerbread recipees for you. Click on any link to view the ingredients and method of creating wonderful gingerbread. We have a total of 10 gingerbread for you to make. Enjoy these recipes and do let us know your feedback. Blueberry Gingerbread
German Christmas Gingerbread
Ginger Christmas Pudding With Orange Hard Sauce
Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Gingerbread Pudding Cake
Sweet And Sour Sauce For Gingerbread
Every Christmas my mother cons us into ‘Making Sweets,’ the most pointless Indian Tradition ever. Basically each family makes oodles of sweets, to put in a Christmas plate, and give to another family, who will give you variations of the same sweets back. Often the product you get back is worse than your own, hence the POINTLESSNESS.
- Full STORY HERE
YOU MIGHT BE ANGLO if
You say we are White Washing the house for Christmas!!!!!!... White Washing???
You say "Don’t get a Kottu from
You say DONO (Don't Know)
You have pepperwater, rice and pepper fry for lunch on Saturdays
Of all the dances in the world, you know what "Tiger dance" is!
You ate "kanjee water & rice" when times were hard!
You think the hottest Anglo tailor is 'Gani' and he left you waiting and hoping on Christmas Eve!
You played "Miss Mary Mac", "Ice-cream soda" and "who stole the cookie from the cookie pot" during school breaks (ring a bell, Doveton girls??)
On Christmas you wore a 'coat & skirt' made from 'Garden silk' and patent leather 'coat shoes'!
You went to an Anglo dance, and if your band, when testing the sound system, spent 30 minutes of 1-2, mike testing, 1-2, mike testing, 1-2, mike testing, 1-2.
You got the "FIJACKS" atleast once in your life. (got the frights/were moody)
All the underwear in your family are called "Jocks", "Jungies" and "Flyingfoxes”.
You walk into a dance with a quarter bottle bulging in your suit pocket.
You know exactly what species of ants "bully ants" is.
You ran into one of the stalwarts of main road and they went "what macha - long time no see" or "Cousin got any change da, never ate from morning macha" you give them something and they are off...full swing, smile on their
face to the grog shop.
You've sung "Ging gang gooly..." at Sunday school or wherever!
Your Sunday was longer than your Monday.
Kalang Kol was a sport.
You knew Mad Nora from Perambur
You know Sampath from Foxen Street
You use the phrase How mad nah!!! and if u use "blimming and blinking" in every other sentence (still don’t know what they mean - as swear words)
You use the phrase "thatny" - for that only
You respond with a "Namind (never mind)Child"
You walked in late to church and walked out early after communion.
At Anglo weddings, nana says to pass more wedding cake so she can put some in her bag to take home.
You played Ringa Ringa Roses, Ringing the duck, Dog Shots, Musical chairs, n sung Hotel California more than a dozen times.
You are convinced that everyone else in India is a bloody pye dog , Pariah Bugger
You ever u buy meat u ask the meat man for free Jow and Bones along with the meat.saying its for the dog.
You have witnessed the following - Aunty Dolly is laid out and between prayers Uncle Willie wails "How you can leave and go without telling one word chile".
You and 10 other friends pooled in about 3 rupees each to buy a quarter bottle of booze
You're working in a call center even though you haven’t finished your 10th std.
Your Aunties and Uncles get REALLY offended if you don't greet them with a 'Mornin', 'G'Afnoon', or 'D'Evenin'
You refer to every guy as "bugger" in a conversation.
You and your family go to Mass with everyone wearing the same material, Father and Son have the same material shirt, mom and
sis have the same material skirts, and when you go back home the same material is used for your curtains and the sofa covers.
You didn't own a tie and a suit but still wore one at the Christmas dance...
Your mama prays to all the saints and every single version of Mother Mary ever known to human kind...
You willingly go to the market to make some extra pais (paise).
You smoke half a buggie (beedi) now and keep the other half for after lunch.
You asked your mum where something was that you misplaced and she answers. "On my head"
You walked in your short pants and T-shirt to the natta shop down the road or drove around on your bike to your friend's place like that.
You’re at British or Lala's and thinking “look at these pies how they ‘beep’ up the place”.
You've been for one of the dances organised by Passange
Your mama told you, "I'll slipper you, mind!"
If I said 'Who' and you replied Mother Boo!
You have a fight or watch a fight on:
a) Christmas Dance
b) New Years Dance
c) A wedding
Somebody calls you "dorai" or "missi amma"
You sing "She'll be coming down the mountain..." to & fro from a picnic.......
You have coconut rice, ball curry and devil chutney for lunch on special days.
If Ginger wine and Kul Kuls are a 'must have' at Christmas time.
You stuck a pin in the bottom of your rubber slipper strap to save yourself from buying a new strap.
You think 'She wears my ring' and 'Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone' are still the two hottest songs in the world.
Collection of christmas recipe Links
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Diabetic Fruit Cake
Gert's Belgian Stuffed Turkey
Australian Christmas Pudding
Brown sugar shortbread
Boiled fruit cake
Easy plum pudding
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Bailey's Ice Cream
Meals for Morons - Summer Cocktails
Simple Apple Cake
Christmas Toppings by Lyn Battle
Tomato and golden syrup barbecue glaze
Jackie French's Red Christmas Cordial
Mother-in-law's Christmas cake
Cooking with Champagne - Meals for Morons
Avocado Dip (Guacamole)
Summer tomato and melon soup
Berry and meringue roulade
Italian strawberry mascarpone trifle
Dark fruit cake for Christmas
Iced Plum Pudding
Bûche de Noël
Gingerbread tree decorations
Edna's Christmas Pudding
Gran’s brandy sauce
Christmas cakes for everyone
Lemon curd trifle
Tangy plum pudding
Nougat from my friend Gabriel Gate
Santa's Squid Stockings
Economical plum pudding
Birnbrot - Christmas Pear and Nut Bread
Fruit Mincemeat and Mandarin Brulee style Tart
Poached Summer Fruits
Almond and Cherry Christmas Pudding
Drover's Christmas Cake
Boiled Christmas cake
Cold Christmas pudding
Valli's Plum Pudding Vodka
Diabetic Christmas Pudding
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French Onion Dip
Yvonne's Diabetic Christmas pudding
Mini Christmas puddings
Manyon's Diabetic Fruit Cake
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Meals for Morons - Pasta, Pasta, Pasta
Shannon Lush's 30 Minute Christmas Pudding
Gluten Free Christmas Cake
Crisp fried banana prawns with cumin salt
Meals for Morons
Christmas Tomato Salad
Cherry, Tarragon and Walnut Salad
Silky brandy sauce
Supremely Versatile Christmas Fruit Mixture
Valli's White Christmas
Sago Plum Pudding
Tart Berry Jam
Frozen Christmas pudding
Asian brown rice salad
Yvonne's Diabetic Christmas cake
Cranberry grilled chicken
Christmas chocolate logs
Fresh fruit Christmas cake
Microwave Christmas pudding
Yvonne's Diabetic mince pies
Blue swimmer crabs with black bean sauce
Salmon escabeche with smoked salmon and fennel salad
Mum's Scrambled Eggs, love from Junior
Quick little Christmas puddings
Apple and Cheese Roll-ups
Finger Foods - Meals for Morons
Quick Mango Sorbet
Irish Christmas Cake
Australian Lighter Christmas Pudding
Christmas glazed ham
Roasted stonefruits with berry compot, yoghurt and sabayon
Ginger and Nut Rum Balls
Frozen Christmas pudding
Stone fruit dessert
Christmas Turkey On The BBQ
Plum pudding truffles
Dried fruit and nut stuffing (for Christmas turkey)
Green bean and haloumi salad
Tricia's Plum Pudding
Gingered Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
Traditional Christmas pudding
Spanish Walnut Cake
Pumpkin caramalised walnut salad
Mango, prawn and avocado salad
Mum's Christmas pudding
Apricot and Almond Tarts
Raspberry cream cheese brownies
Chocolate ganache tart
Meals for Morons - Easter Ideas
Quick cook Pork loin with mango salad
Last Minute Christmas Pudding
Turkey and Asparagus Pilaf
Turkey picatta on herbed, roasted vegetables
Gingerbread men Christmas fun
Mini Fruit Mince Tarts
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels with Basil and Capers
Meals for Morons
Low fat egg nog
Christmas cakes for everyone
Rock oysters with saltwater vinaigrette
Frozen souffle with Christmas berries
Ice cream Christmas pudding
Rocky Road Christmas Cake
Festive fruit tart
Christmas fruit mince
Bring a plate recipe - frozen Christmas pudding
Exciting things that go with BBQ sausages
Peanut butter bon bons
Meals for Morons
Meals for Morons - Chocolate
Lavash Crisps (a low fat alternative to corn chips or crackers)
Margaret's Diabetic Christmas Pudding
Mrs Dibble's Christmas Pudding - by James Dibble
Savoury vegetable tart
Christmas Fruit Mince Pies
Fillet of pork with a drunken dried fruit salad
Rolled turkey breast with my mother’s stuffing
Mango with champagne sabayon
Meals for Morons - Christmas Food
Christmas bourbon balls
Christmas fruit mince
Mixed Fruit Crumble
Diabetic Christmas Cake
Plum pudding in a cloth
Christmas Party Finger Food - Cooking with Clive
Warm Chocolate Pudding With Icecream
Chicken with pinenut stuffing
White Christmas Slice
Pita Chips (a low fat alternative to corn chips or crackers)
Small Christmas puddings – microwave style
Fresh raspberry porridge for Christmas morning
Christmas Ham (The Easy Way)
American green salad
Tempura strawberries with creme catalan
Elsie's Two Minute Fruit Cake
Kathy's fabulous Florentines
Whole roasted pheasant
Sweet and sour cherry marmalade
Twenty minute Christmas pudding
Almond and Cherry Christmas Pudding
Meals for Morons - Bread
Plum pudding ice cream
Golden Grand Marnier Christmas Cake
Rice paper wraps
Successful Gluten Free Flour
Crunchy fish skewers
Sauces for Christmas puddings
Christmas Turkey Stuffing
Marinated Artichoke Crostini
One Minute Savoury Pizzetta
Ice-cream Christmas pudding
Festive Ice Cream Pudding
Bring a plate recipe - Frozen Mango Bars
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Meals for Morons - Christmas Food Ideas
Mini Christmas Pavlovas
Plum Pudding with Brandy Sauce
How to cook a turkey
Chocolate snowball cake
Ice-cream Christmas pudding #2
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Italian Fare - Meals for Morons
Ice cream Christmas cake
Meals for Morons - Food for a Flu Free Winter
Hand Made Chocolate Truffles
Ginger Bread Stars
Coconut Turkey - Cooking with Clive
Dot’s Christmas pudding
Brigid's mum Sue's Christmas chocolate sauce
Fruity Christmas Slice