Are you looking for some Christmas food with a twist to impress your guests? Or are you looking to try out some Indian inspired treats to make your Christmas special? Well, we have the perfect range of recipes and ideas for you to create an array of food to display on your dinner table.
5 Indian Inspired Christmas Food With A Twist
As one of the beloved restaurants in Milton Keynes, we always get asked by our customers how to incorporate their favourite Indian dish with their traditional Christmas dinner. Surprisingly, this is easier than you might think! There are a whole host of ways you can add a little twist to your favourite meal, by adding spices or changing up the recipe. Why not give one of these delicious recipes a go and find your favourite ready to make for Christmas day.
1. Apple Cider Glazed Ham
A beloved meat that is cherished and perfected over Christmas is a succulent and glazed ham. Why not give your ham a twist this Christmas and combine sweet and savour tastes for an explosive burst of delicious flavour. Pouring apple cider and honey over your ham will allow your guests to enjoy the saltiness of the ham and the sweetness of the smooth honey.
On Christmas day, it is likely that you will be working against the clock to make sure that all of the meat is in the oven while the veg is being prepared. The great thing about this dish is that you can pop the ham in the oven to cook while you make the honey glaze to go on top. Therefore, this will ensure that your ham is cooked to perfection in time for the main course. While your ham is in the oven, you can create the glaze with the following ingredients:
It is extremely easy to make your special ham glazing, so it won’t be taking up too much of your time. First, start by simmering together the apple cider, honey, cider vinegar and dijon mustard, making sure that you stir regularly. Once your ingredients are combined, add the remaining ingredients and mix together until the sauce thickens; you can test the thickness of your glazing by lifting your spoon, and it should have a sticky consistency. Once your ham is finished, pour over some of the glazing, keeping some to the side for guests to add to their plate.
2. Korma Lamb
The next type of meat that is often found on the dinner table at Christmas is a tender piece of lamb. However, why not change up your lamb and give it a different and unique flavour by trying out an Indian inspired slice of meat. All of the spices and flavours that are loved by many when ordering their Indian takeaway in Milton Keynes from Kakori can be incorporated into your traditional Christmas dinner.
Making a spiced lamb is easier than you might have thought, and all the ingredients that you need is a 2.5kg lamb leg and 1 tbsp korma curry paste. To ensure that your lamb impresses the whole dinner table this Christmas, follow these simple instructions:
- Start by preheating the oven to 180C and place your lamb in a large baking dish. Grab yourself a sharp knife and make approximately 1cm deep cuts in the lamb at regular intervals.
- Put one tablespoon of the curry paste over the lamb, making sure that it is thoroughly rubbed in.
- Cover your lamb with tin foil and pop it into the oven for around an hour.
- Uncover the lamb and then cook for a further hour if you would like the meat to be medium, or for longer until it is cooked to your preference.
- Take out your lamb and put it to one side for around ten minutes before diving in and carving.
That’s it, it’s as easy as that! This is the perfect addition to your Christmas meal, as it will have everyone talking about the unique flavours and takes little time to prepare and cook. If you want a proper traditional Indian Christmas meal, then pair your lamb with Christmas inspired Indian rice.
If you are bored of having dry crackers in the evening after you have filled your belly with lots of Christmas treats and dinner, why not give Kulkuls a go? Kulkuls are a traditional Indian treat that are deep-fried and enjoyed either warm or cold. They are the perfect snack for during the day while you wait for the main course, and a perfect evening indulgence while watching your favourite Christmas programme or film.
Although they may not be a British tradition, Kulkuls are a traditional treat enjoyed over the Christmas period amoungst a crowd of happy communities celebrating in Goa. These Indian treats are fun to make with the whole family on Christmas eve and enjoy with a warm cup of hot chocolate or delicious wine. You can find the best wine to pair with your Christmas food by taking a look at our ultimate wine guide.
When making your Kulkuls, you can easily change the ingredients to accommodate vegan guests. To make Kulkuls this Christmas, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1/2kg of plain flour
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tbsp of cold butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Oil for cooking
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 to 4 tbsp of water
To make these Indian delicacies, start by mixing the flour and baking powder together until fully combined. Add the butter a little bit at a time and mix together until the butter has combined with the powdered ingredients and resembles small peas.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and then add them to the flour and butter mix. Mix the eggs in until it resembles a sticky dough and make sure that you remove all of the dough from your wooden spoon.
Once you have the dough ready, form small balls of dough and place them on a hard, cold surface. Grease the back of a fork with a little bit of oil and start to flatten the balls of dough by pressing them on the back of the fork Starting at the bottom end of the fork, roll the dough up to the top to create ‘shells’.
Heat the oil in a deep and heavy pan over medium heat until it is extremely hot. Be careful not to burn yourself when completing this step. Pop in your dough shells and let them cook until they are a light brown colour. Drain the Kulkuls and place them onto paper towels to cool.
Lastly, place your granulated sugar and water into a separate pan and let them simmer until the sugar has fully melted and you have a syrup. Add the Kulkuls to the syrup and make sure that they are well coated and enjoy!
4. Spiced Cauliflower
Although Christmas dinner usually centres around the meat in the middle of the table, it is important to make sure that you cater to everyone’s dietary requirements. For this reason, why not try an Indian style cauliflower to fill up your vegan and vegetarian guests plates. This delicious spiced recipe goes perfectly with your roasted potatoes and can also be used in cauliflower cheese to spice things up.
Christmas dinner shouldn’t be boring for vegetarians and vegans, so make sure that you make an effort for everyone this Christmas. To make this flavoursome dish, you will need to following ingredients:
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of coriander seeds
- 1 tsp of cumin seeds
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 large head cauliflower broken into 10-inch florets
- Kocher salt and black pepper
- 1 tsp finely grated ginger
- 1 tsp finely grated lime zest
Now you have your ingredients, it’s time to dive into this easy and quick dish. First, start by preheating the oven to 180C and grab yourself a large bowl. In your bowl, stir together the oil, coriander, cumin, curry and turmeric until it is all fully combined.
Add in the cauliflower to your bowl and season with your salt and pepper. Make sure that all of your cauliflower is fully coated by tossing it through the ingredients. Place some parchment paper on a baking tray and arrange your cauliflower in a single layer. Roast the cauliflower until it is brown around the edges and crispy yet tender, this can take anywhere between 25-35 minutes.
The last step is to transfer your cauliflower onto plates and sprinkle over your ginger and lime zest and let your guests, or yourself, enjoy the flavours of India.
5. Mince Samosas
There is nothing quite like having some mouth-watering mince pies on Christmas day with a lovely cup of tea. Why not give your mince pie a makeover this Christmas by swapping your shortcrust pastry for light and crispy filo pastry with these tasty mince pie inspired samosas. You can easily bring a taste of India straight to your dinner table by taking a beloved treat and giving it a tasty twist.
These mince samosas are easy to make and are perfect for having after your Christmas dinner when you feel like your belly can’t take any more food. These light and delicious treats will simply slot into the small space you have left and leaving your mouth wanting more. To make you very own mince samosas, you will need the following ingredients:
- Dried fruits of your choosing
- Cooking apples
The inside of your samosa will have pretty much the same ingredients as a mince pie, so should taste similar. The great thing about this recipe is that you do not have to cook any of the ingredients before they go into your samosa, making it an easy treat to add to your Christmas menu.
All you will need to do for this recipe is add all the ingredients apart for the honey into a large bowl and leave them to soak together for at least half an hour to ensure that all of the flavours have developed. Then, you will need to stir in the honey just before you make your samosa. To make the samosa and put together all of your luscious ingredients, visit BBC Good Food for further, detailed instructions on making this combination between British and Indian delights.
A Unique Christmas Treat!
No one said that you have to follow all of the traditions of Christmas dinner. Sometimes it’s best to make your own traditions and give your guests a meal that they will look forward to having again next year. With a range of feast ideas with a twist, you’ll have plenty to feed your hungry family and friends this Christmas.
If you and your guests would love more Indian inspired dishes this Christmas, head on down to our Indian restaurant in Milton Keynes to try out some of our customer’s favourite dishes for inspiration. As one of the much loved Indian restaurants in Milton Keynes, you’ll be sure to have a feast of a lifetime when dining with us over the Christmas period.