While Christmas dinner is quintessentially British, nowadays, anything goes, with many using the festive period simply to indulge in what they love. With Indian food always reigning supreme, this year Indian influences are creeping into the Turkey roast. Here at Maharaja, we are incredibly excited about this, happy to see what we regard at the greatest of work cuisine making its way to the British kitchen over Christmas. At Maharaja, our chefs are always eager to trial and test new things, only using season fruits and vegetables when catering for events. Therefore, we naturally explore different styles throughout the year, with December being our favourite month of the year.
If you are looking to do something a little different on the 25th of this year, then why not take a look at the following, Indian-inspired Christmas recipes.
Chilli and Turmeric roast potatoes
As a staple part of Indian food, the humble potato boats versatility, with the simple roast potato being rather lazy in our opinion. If you are looking to spice things up with the boring old roasties, then why not sprinkle a few tablespoons on fresh chilli and turmeric on the potatoes before they enter the oven? Adding a new, flavoursome element to the traditional roast, you will be sure to impress diners from the very first forkful.
Becoming a Boxing Day tradition for many, cooking a Turkey curry is a great way to make use of leftovers, especially the all-important bird. With curry being our area of expertise, take a look at our very own recipe below:
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into cubes
- 570ml/1pt chicken or turkey stock
- 125ml/4fl oz yoghurt
- 85ml/3fl oz double cream
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 large handfuls leftover turkey
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
- olive oil
- unsalted butter
- 1 large onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- fresh ginger
- 1 red chilli,
- 8 green cardamom pods
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp chilli powder
Heat the oil and butter in a pan, before adding the onions, garlic, chilli, ginger, cumin, garam masala, coriander and cardamom. Cook until the onions are soft and be careful not to burn the spices. Then add potatoes and butternut squash and cook for just a few minutes. Pour over the stock and boil, adding salt and pepper to the mixture. Let the mixture simmer for around 15 minutes before pouring in the yoghurt, cream and lemon juice. Now for the turkey. All you have to do is add the leftover meat and stir well, serving immediately with a touch of fresh coriander for garnish.
<h3>Cinnamon pastry mince pies</h3>
As a prominent feature in the British home at Christmas, the traditional mince pie has evolved over the years, with more inventive recipes now being tested. Here at Maharaja we like to add a touch of cinnamon to our pastry mixture, giving the festive treat a stunning, Asian twist.
Why not check out any of the above recipes and let us know how you get on!