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Last Updated : Apr 20,2018



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Festive Delights for Christmas

It’s that part of the year again, when the whole world is enveloped by a cheery, festive atmosphere! Christmas trees, here and there, are decked up with lights and trinkets. The ovens are busy all through the day, and people are happily shopping – not for themselves but for others! Though it is one of the main religious functions for Christians, Christmas has now become a community event that is enjoyed by everybody across the world. Children stage plays, teenagers hold charity sales, and elders find innumerable ways to give and share, and tighten bonds with friends and family. Being vacation time for most kids, Christmas becomes double fun!

One of the main activities associated with Christmas is the preparation and sharing of goodies with friends and family. The yummy treats are served to guests, shared with neighbours, and sometimes sold at charity sales too. The weather being nice and cold, the warmth of the kitchen and the aroma of spices are also very comforting and you are bound to enjoy every moment spent there. Children love to lend a helping hand, especially when you are making their favourite dishes, and you can let them do small and safe chores like shaping the cookies or mixing the batter.

The Plum Cake is a mandatory recipe for Christmas. No amount of baking will make Christmas complete unless you churn out a batch of this! The Rose Cookies is an Indian innovation, a sweet snack with a dainty flower shape, which has become closely intertwined with Christmas culture in India. It does not require an oven and anybody can make it. Strawberries being in season in December, you must try your hand at making Chocolate Coated Strawberries and Strawberries in Custard Sauce. Another strawberry-based treat, the Oreo Cookie Santa is an easy-peasy snack that even kids can make. It is so pretty and unbelievably tasty; everybody will love it! Cookies like the Crispy Coconut Cookies and Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies are other all-time popular treats.

For those who like to do things with a difference, there is the unique and absolutely awesome Eggless Semolina and Coconut Cake, which is made with rava instead of plain flour. This gives the cake an enjoyably crumbly texture, which together with the flakiness of coconut makes the total effect mind-blowing. Christmas in India is all-inclusive – you can also make desi jar snacks like Shakarpara and Chakli. In fact, for those whose jars are laden with cookies and cakes, such desi snacks will be a welcome change, so do try sharing some of those too!

There is fun in the air, and nobody can resist a treat or two in the weeks leading up to Christmas! So, do try the recipes in this mailer, and also share them with your friends to make the festive season all the more special!

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Recipe# 1398
30 Aug 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A very different baked dish, which features a tangy tomato gravy upon a bed of spinach and paneer. The spinach and paneer layer has a very interesting texture due to the combination of crumbled paneer and blanched spinach. The flavour and texture of the Spinach and Paneer in Tomato Gravy is fu ....
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Recipe# 658
05 Aug 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Recipe# 36885
29 Jul 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
It’s all the rage now – ice-cream sandwiches! And what an exciting sandwich this is, made of super soft vanilla sponge cake, sandwiched with vanilla ice-cream, and speckled with crunchy nuts. The Sponge Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream is a fabulous dessert , ....
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Recipe# 22563
20 Jul 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering Oriental dish, which features noodles and vegetables topped with a luscious coconut milk based curry sauce. The interplay of tamarind, red chilli paste and sugar gives the curry sauce a sweet-and-sour flavour highlighted with spicy notes, while crushed peanuts gives it an exciting m ....
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Recipe# 2246
18 Jul 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The name says it all – this is indeed the Queen of Puddings. A luscious pudding of milk, eggs and bread is perked up with a peppy layer of citrusy ingredients like orange marmalade and lemon zest. A layer of meringue goes atop this before baking, to make a totally irresistible dessert that is ....
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Recipe# 39715
23 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pancakes are very versatile foods – they can be had for breakfast, as a snack or even as a dessert depending on how you serve them. Here, these delicious butter-cooked orange-flavoured pancakes are folded into triangles and topped with vanilla ice-cream. You could make the Orange Pancakes more speci ....
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Recipe# 40993
03 Jul 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Pizza in a sandwich, sandwich like a pizza, call it what you will, but the truth is that this delicious snack combines the best aspects of two of your favourite snacks! Bread slices are sandwiched with a cheesy mayonnaise-bound mixture of veggies, grilled, topped with pizza sauce and ever-popu ....
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Recipe# 688
03 Jul 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The moment you think of the term Coconut Gravy, you think of a gravy made of coconut milk or a paste of spices and coconut. This is a very different recipe, in which the gravy is made of coconut water and coconut meat, enhanced with a ginger-onion-green chilli paste. The fabulous flavour and t ....
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Recipe# 2455
29 Jun 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Rice, simply and elegantly flavoured with tomato ketchup, is topped with a tangy, tomato-based mixed vegetable gravy, peppy pineapple and juicy tomato slices. The interesting arrangement is then baked with a garnish of cheese, to get a super-tasty one-d ....
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Recipe# 1832
29 Jun 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Herby, cheesy tortellini dunked in a peppy mixed vegetables Schezwan sauce, this is a treat to remember forever! These tortellini are fabulous, made with a herb-laced plain flour dough and stuffed with cheese before cooking. The story gets all the more interesting with the Oriental style toppi ....
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Recipe# 33673
29 Jun 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The peppy flavour of pineapple combines beautifully with the tingling sensation and soothing flavour of coconut water, in this unique drink. A good share of tender coconut meat gives this Coconut Pineapple Drink a lovely mouth-feel, and also balances the flavour well. Make sure the coconut wate ....
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Recipe# 1630
29 Jun 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Nothing short of a royal creation, this recipe features a ring of rice, laced with saffron and dill, filled with a luscious broccoli sauce. The saffron lends a rich hue and aroma to the rice, while dill contributes its unique flavour to it. A dash of herbs and other ingredients like onions and ....
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Recipe# 810
24 Jun 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
In this yummy recipe, succulent and semi-spicy potato cakes, cooked crisp in a tava, are topped with a tangy and sumptuous gravy, which features mixed beans in a tomato base. The gravy is quite simple and easy to prepare – boiled beans cooked quickly with just tomatoes, onions and minimal spices. ....
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Recipe# 2458
17 Dec 16

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
In a small portion, this might be a snack, but have a substantial quantity and it becomes a satiating meal! Indeed, the Veg Lasagne with Paneer is a self-contained meal as the lasagne sheets play host to a basketful of juicy and crunchy veggies, succulent paneer and a tangy tomato sauce, all of ....
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