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December 25th is the day that is celebrated with lot of joy and religious fervour not just by the Christians but by everyone who believe in goodness of mankind. Christmas day is the day that Jesus Christ, the Saviour of Mankind, was born. Almost the entire world gets decorated with colourful festoons sprinkled with twinkling stars that adorn all homes celebrating the fun filled festival of Christmas.  



The Christian housewives spend hours over hot stoves or ovens baking and making a variety of cakes, cookies and other traditional regional sweets. The midnight mass on Christmas eve is followed by greeting each other and feasting on these goodies. The Christmas dinner is an important affair, where the whole family sits around table heavily laden with a number of delicious dishes which includes the Christmas cake and Christmas pudding, roast turkey or chicken with all the traditional trimmings and many other family favourites.

In India due the diverse regional differences the main dish can be stuffed-chicken or turkey served along with stir fried vegetables and a rich sauce that oozes with the aromas of local spices used in the dish. Other popular items include Chicken and Spinach Casserole, Barbecued Chicken Lasagne, Chicken Cutlets, Vindaloo etc. Chicken or mutton biryani and sometimes the rich turkey biryani is prepared and consumed widely during the Christmas time. While, vegetarian menus include Vegetable and Rice Casserole, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Corn and Cashew Cutlets, Mint Salad, etc. Desserts like home-made Banana-Chocolate Pancakes, Christmas Plum Cake, Chocolate Cups with Chocolate Mousse, Eggless Pineapple Mousse, Frozen Fruit Pudding, Apple Brandy Cheese Cake, Cherry Berry Cheesecake and Quick Strawberry Cheese Cake, among many others ensure that you wind up the Christmas meal merrily. 

Well,Christmas Dinner Recipes are no longer a challenge to find really. All you have to do is decide what sort of cuisine you would like to focus on. Try a mix. Have some light poultry with a nicely baked potato dish, a cold salad, all finished with creamy hot beverages with cookies or then a luscious decorative dessert! And if it is a snack and dessert party dwell a lot on research of starter recipes. Have at least four or five starters if you are throwing a party. Count at least six-seven pieces per guest and once you know the segregation of vegetarians and non-vegetarians make the appropriate portions or numbers.

As sweet things are doing the rounds in every household how does one serve something that is filling for the kids. Make some visually attractive snack mixes keeping in mind the festive mood. It could be caramel popcorn with nuts, or coated chocolates, or coated peanuts etc. Have a cupcake party where kids can decorate their own! Make Christmas cookies in unique shapes and write their names on it. Go for finger foods, baked, grilled or fried. Chicken fingers, wraps and rolls with sprouts, vegetables, paneer, cheese, egg can be enjoyed. Sandwiches the all time saviours can be made more exciting too by using different breads, different fillings.

Christmas drinks are meant to warm the cockles of the heart, should highlight the holiday theme and flavour including the garnishes and decorated glassware. These add a festive touch as well as a dash of glamour to any gathering. In order to make a Christmas cocktail or mocktail, be innovative.

Feasting and merrymaking takes precedence during Christmas. Though each region has its specialties, it is an exciting opportunity to explore the newer possibilities of a sumptuous array of X’mas goodies this Christmas. Prepare these yummy treats suggested and do not forget to share it with your family!

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.