In the third of a series featuring Christmas celebrations in different Indian communities, we take a trip down to Tamil Nadu.
Christmas season among Tamil Christians is heralded gastronomically with a tidal wave of snacks: murukku, Acchu Murukku (rose cookies), adhirasam, kulkuls, Sweet and Spicy Diamond Cuts, Rava laddoos, sweet Somaas, Mutton Samosas.
Christmas breakfasts invariably include idli or appam with mutton or chicken korma. And lunch is mostly biryani.
Kavitha shares a family recipe for a traditional Madras Christian mutton curry:
- 1 kg mutton curry pieces with some bones
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp cilantro paste
- 10 green chillies, slit
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 1 large tomato chopped small.
- Clean 1/2 coconut and grind with water to a smooth paste.
- 1 large potato, boiled, chopped, optional
- 1/2 a lemon
- Heat oil. Add 10 cloves, 5 green elaichi, 1 to 2 bay leaves. Crackle few minutes.
- Add onion. Add haldi garlic and ginger. Fry nicely.
- Add green dhania paste. Fry for a few more minutes.
- Add chillies and tomatoes. Add meat and salt. Cook on low heat for nearly an hour.
- Just before serving, add coconut and if need be some boiled water.
- Give it a boil and add boiled potato and juice of 1/2 a lemon.
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