India is an incredibly diverse country full of different cultural inspirations and religions. Although not a predominantly Christian country the popular holiday of Christmas is widely celebrated. We’ve chosen some of our favourite Christmas food from India.
Much like traditions within England, the celebration of Christmas is often focused around food. In India, Christmas sweets were incredibly important. They originated in Goa, but now have been adopted throughout the country. Christmas sweets are traditionally called kuswar. The range of kuswar is particularly large with multiple cultural influences. The melting pot of all cultures formed through colonial time form the large majority of these including British, Dutch, and Portuguese.
Kulkuls are a key Christmas food in India, and made all over the country. It is believed that these delicious coconut sweets are a variation of Portuguese Filhoses Enroladas. Kulkuls, like many Christmas culinary traditions involve the whole family and give a time to cook together. They are often given as gifts to friends and neighbours for a delicious Christmas present.
The allahabadi cake is the Indian take on a traditional Christmas cake. It is a traditional rum fruit cake that is originated in the north Indian city of Allahabad. It is warmed by ginger, fennel, and cinnamon then sweetened with marmalade and petha. Allahabad has a beautiful baking tradition and a large Christian community, hence why this delicious cake started here.
Always keep everyone happy with Christmas food snacks throughout the day. You can either make your own samosas and rolls; or buy our namkeens for a quick an easy alternative. We have quite the range of snacks ensuring that everyone will find a favourite.
Another sweet delicacy often indulged during the Christmas season is Bibinca. It is certainly a showstopper piece that will impress all of your festive guests. Again, derived from Goa, it is an Indo-Portuguese layered dessert. It consists of 16 layers of cake made with coconut milk and enriched with egg yolks. It is often referred to as the Queen of Goan Desserts. Although the recipe seems easy with a small number of ingredients, the cooking process requires baking one layer at a time therefore giving up at least 4 hours of time.
Do you have a particular delicacy you enjoy during Yuletide? Tell us all about it in the comments below.