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Bring in the New Year with the best of best deliciousness!

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘it will be happier.’ Where the New Year stands before us, like a book’s new chapter waiting to be unfolded. Did you know that the first New Year was celebrated about 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians? In fact, the emperor of Rome, Julius Caesar, was the first one to declare 1st January as a national holiday. However, in ancient Rome, the New Year began on 1st March. 


If you ask me, New Year always means spreading joy, majorly through food – beginning with a special breakfast and ending with a hearty dinner, with everything in between. Apart from this, I always make it a point to contribute my bit to the society by providing meals or anything by which I can give back to the society. The coming New Year is, of course, a little different for all of us but it has also given us a chance to build a new foundation of deeper love with our family. The current situation also teaches us that there is always a ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ And we can plan surprise elements for our loved ones with whatever best we have in our homes. 


To make it khaas and lajawab, I thought of helping you with your NYE plans. This will save you some time and will give you enough options that are easily doable, as well as super delish. So, pull up your socks, bring in your diary, don the apron and start noting down these amazing, some unique, super tasty and easy recipes in various cuisines. Now, this is what I call the perfect mix! 


1) Mutton Stew with Garlic Bread

The best part of winters is the attached warmth amidst the cold weather perfectly complimenting the New Year vibes. To make it more splendid, here’s a combination that will blend in your day absolutely effortlessly. I bet that your love for garlic bread will grow stronger with this combo that will not just satiate your taste buds, but also prove to be quite nutritious with the stew. So, if your loved ones dig mutton and garlic bread, then this THE dish for them.


2) Mulled Wine and Spaghetti Meatballs

This popular beverage of the winters adds sparkles to any party and get-together. Doubtlessly, it is time to leave the stress, worries and negativity behind and enjoy the new beginnings with this one. Just the right kinda high you would need!

To go with this, the perfect, meaty pasta dish – – will turn this deal, all the more special! Go ahead, give this a try for sure! 


3) Bloody Mary and Crispy Chicken Sticks

A festive meal is pretty much incomplete without a nice Bloody Mary. And it won’t be wrong to say that having this beverage in the winter season is happiness on another level! Check out this easy-peasy yet blissful recipe.

To make it all the more irresistible, here’s a pairing that’s worth giving a try.


4) Rasam Chawal 

It might sound a bit off festive, but, trust me the combination of garmagaram Rasam Chawal on a chilly evening is just unbeatable. It’s simple, yes. But, loaded with flavours, is nutrient-rich and all things awesome. Soothe your soul with this lovely pairing.


5) Desi Lasagne and Date Pannacotta 

Make it a cheesy. Creamy trip for your loved ones this New Year! And thank me later, ‘cuz they are only going to be all out with praises for you! And the best part? I’m giving you a yummy option for the dessert too. A Date Pannacotta. Doesn’t it sound lovely already?


Here’s wishing all of you, the most amazing beginning to a New Year. May hope, happiness and love fill it up! ? 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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.