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Santa Claus is coming around

Dashing through the snow

In a one-horse open sleigh

O'er the fields we go

Laughing all the way…

Ho-ho-ho! Santa is definitely on his way to warm us with his presence, fill us with happiness and take away all our worries. Is it just me or y’all feel December to be the happiest month in the entire year? If the feeling is mutual, you should know that one of the very imperative reasons is that Christmas happens to be in this month and of course, it’s the month which draws us closer to the end of a year and fills us with hopes for new beginnings. This year was pretty tough for all of us, but that wouldn’t stop us from celebrating our favourite festival, right? Of course, not! We won’t let anything come in the way of our merriments. So, this year, let’s do something interesting!

You might have heard about ‘Secret Santa,’ the very popular Western Christmas tradition. If not, let me tell you, it’s pretty simple. Generally, amongst a group of friends or family members, every person is assigned to give anonymous gifts to any other individual. Now, neither the person who receives it nor any other person in the group should know who their Secret Santa is. Festivals are all about good food. So this year, we thought of making Secret Santa a lil’ more fun with food. I’m sharing some fabulous recipes that can be easily made for your loved ones and will make sure you get the tag of the ‘best Secret Santa ever!’ Instead of being in a constant dilemma about choosing the right present, just don your chef hats, wear that apron and get cooking in the kitchen.  

Take a look at these superb Christmas-y recipes!

Chocolate Caramel Pot

Christmas without chocolate isn’t really complete! The luscious creamy texture and intense taste of this chocolate and caramel mousse is sure to make you dig in for more. Simple to make and with very basic ingredients, this dessert recipe served in little pots is perfect as edible gifts for your near and dear ones.


Mulled Wine with Christmas Pudding

This traditional beverage is perfect for chilly Christmas nights. Red wine flavoured with apples, oranges and aromatic spices. One won’t even realise when the deliciousness of this warm wine will have them intoxicated. Pair it with the classic Christmas Pudding loaded with goodness from dried fruits, nuts, spices and some booze in the form of rum and sherry. After all, what’s a festival without some very happy and tipsy memories?

Santa Cake

It’s Christmas and literally, everyone’s in a baking mood. To amp up your Secret Santa game, this iconic recipe will be perfect. Bake this beautiful and decadent Santa Cake for your family, the smiling Santa face will surely bring a bigger smile on your kid’s face. And you’re going to be their shining star, this Christmas.

Sticky Date Pancakes

There are few things better than a fluffy pancake drizzled with golden maple syrup on Christmas. This time glam up the traditional breakfast staple and turn it into a dessert – try out this pancake which is made by blending dates in the pancake batter and served with a toffee sauce and caramelized banana slices tossed in butter.

Spinach and Cheese Pie

Sweet tooth satisfied? Then, here’s something savoury. The splendid combination of spinach and cheese in this pizza pie will melt your heart. Prepared with minimum ingredients and effort, this recipe is just perfect for every occasion. No one will be able to keep their hands off this one, so make sure to bake a bigger batch.

Classic Roast Chicken

Christmas without a Classic Roast Chicken would be incomplete. Chicken stuffed with rice, onions, leeks, garlic and celery, roasted till the skin is crispy, the chicken inside is tender and the veggies on the side are beautifully roasted. The butter sauce just completes it perfectly. Prepare this for your loved ones and witness their happiness.

Chocolate and Avocado Ice Cream

What better gift than a chilled chocolaty ice cream on a chilly winter night? Rich, creamy and loaded with antioxidants and omega 3, this ice cream is all you need for a day of guilt free indulgence. You will be surprised how avocados blend in with the other ingredients in the recipe to give you a chocolate ice cream with new levels of awesomeness!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! 


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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.