Festive fares that feast the eyes and palates belongs in many shapes, flavours and offerings and in Asia, local gatherings ring in the seasonal joy with culturally-infused delights and recipes.
The pinnacle of a Christmas day features food as the main festivity. And as always, the holiday spirit makes the time-ticking preparation of a festal spread into a memorable one in most households. Whether it is for Christmas morning or the evening banquet, people across all culture get together in their own local fashion. From eating out, sourcing ingredients to cook their best heirloom recipe, Asians gather to dine in their classic rendition of a perfect holiday spread.
There are many cultural festivals in India and it is no surprise that Christmas is part of the many festivities. Referred as Badda Din (big day) in Hindi, Indian Christian minorities relish the day in their own traditions across the country. Kerala’s Syrian-Christians typically taste a little bit of everything so a classic Christmas offering in the morning would be appam (fermented rice batter and coconut milk) and meat stews of either duck, chicken, beef, pork or fish.