Some Interesting Christmas Food Facts

Christmas is one of the major festivals of India and around the world. On this day Christ was born. This day involves lots of festive celebrations. The day’s main attraction is food. But there are many interesting facts about Christmas food that you will find astonishing.

The traditions and foods of Christmas have evolved with time and there is a story attached with each of those traditions and foods. There is a mysterious story behind each of the food.

 

  • Invention of Candy Canes
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According to legend, candy canes came into being in 1670. They were specially ordered by the choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral. He wanted candies in the shape of shepherd’s crook. These were to be given to the children who were attending the crèche scene of the church.

Candy Cane Recipe

  • Sugar Plums
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Sugar plums remind us of sugar plum fairy and dancing sugar plums in children’s heads. The sugar plums have a definite place in Christmas lore. But what exactly are they? They are actually a type of candy. When they first came in 1600s, the word “plum” referred to dry fruit. Sugar plums are a combination of spices and dry fruits formed into balls and then coated with candy shell.

Sugar Plum Recipe 

  • Fruit cake was meant to last whole year
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Fruitcakes normally last a long time without going bad. This is due to the fact that they contain lots of sugar and other preservatives. They were originally meant to last long and were baked during harvest season of USA and eaten till the next harvest season, the following year.

Fruitcake Recipe

  • Peacock was the main dish of Medieval Christmas feast
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Turkey is the main dish of a typical Christmas in US or UK. But in medieval times, the main dish was peacock! In sixteenth century, Henry VIII had turkey for Christmas, and after that it became a traditional dish.

Christmas Turkey Recipe

  • A normal Christmas Dinner contains 7000 calories

According to a study, a normal Christmas Day can amount to 7000 calories in a person’s diet.

 

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8 Different Kinds of Indian Roti Recipes

Roti is a staple part of every Indian’s diet. A roti can be prepared in a number of ways. The regular roti is rich in carbs, protein and fiber as it is made of flour. The benefits of consuming roti are many. It helps in boosting your body’s energy. Here we give you 9 different kinds of rotis that you can try at home.

  1. Naan

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Any north Indian meal is incomplete without a naan. A Naan is made with plain flour, oil and yeast. Those who don’t eat yeast can use a substitute for yeast (like yogurt, milk and baking powder). A naan is traditionally prepared in tandoor. For those who don’t have access to tandoor, here we give you an alternate recipe that you can easily make.

 

Naan Recipe

 

  1. Tandoori Roti

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Whole-wheat flour is used to prepare Tandoori roti. It is cooked traditionally in tandoor or clay oven. It tastes great with paneer vegetable or curry. Try this easy recipe.

 

Tandoori Roti Recipe

 

  1. Paneer Kulcha

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Kulcha is an Indian bread that is very popular in India. It is very common in Punjabi families. It is made of curds and plain flour. Paneer kulcha is stuffed with filling of paneer. It goes well with chole, rajma or any mughlai subzi.

 

Paneer Kulcha Recipe

 

  1. Laccha Paratha

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This multi-layered paratha is made of plain flour dough and water. It goes through a shallow fry on the Tawa. The method of preparation is unique that results in a multi-layered laccha Paratha.

 

Laccha Paratha Recipe

 

  1. Makhani Roti

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Makhani Roti is a bread of  Mughlai cuisine. The preparation of Roti is done with wheat flour, black pepper and butter.

 

Makhani Roti Recipe

 

  1. Khamiri Roti
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Photo Courtesy: Supermeal

The roti derives its name from khamir, which means yeast. When yeast is added to the flour, it helps in making roti spongy and soft. The roti tastes great with any Indian side-dish.

 

Khamiri Roti Recipe

 

  1. Varqui Paratha

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These parathas are prepared with a mix of plain flour and wheat flour. Chapatis or rotis are piled or rolled in a swiss roll. Then they are cut and rolled, forming multi-layered parathas.

 

Varqui Paratha Recipe

 

  1. Phulka

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Phulkas are also called rotis or chapatis. Phulkas are a necessary part of many Indian Cuisines. They are made of whole wheat flour. Besides being rich in nutrients and fiber, it is also low in fat.

 

Phulka Recipe

 

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10 Must-Have Indian Chicken Recipes

When cooked in Indian style, Chicken becomes a great treat for anyone who is into non-veg. Indian cooking has a unique combination of herbs and spices. Chicken is a very versatile ingredient and when you cook it, you can try a lot of things. It is also very good for your health. Our body can benefit with 30 different nutritional values that are found in just 100 grams of chicken. It is a great source of lean and low fat protein. It also contains selenium, which has anti-cancer properties.
We have assembled some interesting chicken recipes for you that we are sure you will like. Let us explore them.

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

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This dish is loved by all and is the most ordered meal around the globe. Did you know that this Indian dish originated in UK??

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

2. Butter Chicken

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The chicken is marinated overnight and then it is roasted and cooked in tomato puree, masalas and cream.

Butter Chicken Recipe

3. Chicken Do Pyaaza

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This dish is prepared with double quantity of onions when compared to regular curry. This is a favourite Punjabi dish made with garam masala, kasoori methi, ginger garlic, spices and cream. The onions used in the dish give it sweetness and it is balanced by the spices used in the dish.

Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

4. Chicken Xacuti

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This dish originated in Goa. This spicy curry contains chunks of chicken that are cooked in a mix of flavours like cashews, coconut and white poppy-seeds.

Chicken Xacuti Recipe

5. Kashmiri Chicken

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This chicken curry uses a good amount of tomatoes and also uses good amount of spices that give it great flavour. Large chunks of chicken are used traditionally in Kashmir but you can use any size according to your needs.

Kashmiri Chicken Recipe

6. Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

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This is better than the lentil soup as it contains pieces of chicken and a combination of garlic, ginger and chilly. A lots of toppings can be added as you like.

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

7. Chicken Korma

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Chicken Korma is basically from North India. The meaning of Korma is “braised” in English. It’s a soft spiced curry with meat and vegetables added to it. This dish originated in the royal Mogul court 400 years ago.

Chicken Korma Recipe

8. Kerala Chicken Curry

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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

This chicken curry is very special. Although most homes make this dish, the recipe may vary. Although the ingredients are too many but it is very easy to make. It tastes better the next day i.e. you can keep it in the fridge for one day and then serve.

Kerala Chicken Curry Recipe

9. Chicken 65

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One of the best starter recipe of India, chicken 65 can be easily prepared at home. The secret behind the recipe is the sautéing of fried chicken and the use of spiced yogurt.

Chicken Curry Recipe

10. Chicken Chaap

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Photo Courtesy: foodnculture

Its one dish that can never be missed. It comes from Bengali cuisine and is a treat for your taste buds. It is said that Chicken Chaap was a part of Awadhi cuisine and the Nawabs of Bengal brought this dish along with other dishes to Bengal.

Chicken Chaap Recipe

8 Traditional Indian Winter Recipes

Winter is the season in which you can give your taste buds a good treat. Indian winter dishes are not only tasty but are also beneficial for overall health. These food keep you warm and strengthen immunity.

Sometimes mineral deficiency is caused due to winters which can be supplemented with proper diet. There are some winter foods like Gajar Ka Halwa(Carrot Halwa) and Makke Di Roti and Sarson da Saag which have many nutritional properties.

Here are 8 traditional Indian winter recipes that you must try:-

  1. Gajar Ka Halwa:
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    Photo Courtesy: Youtube

     

    Gajar Ka Halwa is one of the most famous winter dish. It is an all-time favorite dessert of India. It is a must have sweet during chilly winters. This sweet is prepared with ghee (clarified butter). It is filled with dry fruits and tastes really good in winter season as fresh, sweet carrots are available.Carrots help in regulating blood sugar and are rich in dietary fibre. Ghee helps in enhancing the physical and mental health. Ghee provides the body warmth and the dry fruits combat colds.

Gajar Ka Halwa recipe

 

   2. Sarson Da Saag:                                      

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This is a traditional winter dish, very popular in Punjab. It is best consumed with makke ki roti, jaggery and butter. Sarson Da Saag is filled with nutrients. Sarson is enriched with protein and iron. It is also anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, making it an essential part of diet.

Sarson Da Saag recipe

Makki Ki Roti recipe

 

  1. Spicy Sweet Potatoes:
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    Photo Courtesy: sweetpeaskitchen

     

    Sweet potatoes are available in large amounts in winter season. It is consumed in many forms. Some roast it, some boil it and spice it. Most people like to cook it with spices and then consume it with roti (also known as chapati). Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Spicy Sweet Potatoes recipe

 

  1. Gaund ke laddoo:
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    Photo Courtesy: healthyvegrecipes

     

    It is made of edible gum that is easily available and got from the bark of a tree. Gaund provides warmth in the body and also fights winter chills. These laddoos are made with ghee which is very beneficial in limited amounts. This special winter dish is best consumed with a glass of milk.

Gaund ke laddo recipe

 

 

    5. Rogan Josh:                                                                                                          Rogan Josh

This is a Kashmiri dish that is stuffed with dry fruits and nuts. The fiery spices add to the warmth provided by this dish to the body. The mutton used in the dish is cooked perfectly in spices that are traditional. Rogan Josh is a traditional dish that is delicious and hot and protects the body from cold.

Rogan Josh recipe

 

       6. Paya Shorba:

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Photo Courtesy: pearlkitchen

 

Paya Shorba is a soup which is prepared with hoof or trotters of a cow, lamb or goat. The shorba is prepared with spices that make it delicious. This delicious dish is filled with nutrition and is very good for winters as it generates heat in the body.

Paya Shorba recipe

 

  1. Undhiyo:
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    Photo courtesy: hubpages

     

    This Gujarati dish is a specialty that’s made with papdi (a vegetable). A fiery veg dry stew is made using papdi and other vegetables like sweet potatoes, brinjals, peas etc. These vegetables are tossed with heat generating spices. The dish can be consumed with puris or methi muthiyas(a traditional dish).

Undhiyo recipe

 

    8. Rasam:                                                                                                         

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Rasam is a very popular South-Indian dish. Rasam contains red lentis, which are rich in fiber, antioxidants and proteins. This soupy dish is spicy and contains traditional masalas like turmeric and other spices. Besides that it contains some vegetables. It can be consumed as a whole meal. If you drink a bowl of rasam, it will help you bear the winter evenings more easily.

Rasam recipe

 

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