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Roasts and pies to go for Christmas feasts at home

From restaurants to home chefs offering sumptuous dishes and regional classics, eat your heart out this weekend

Christmas delicacies at Gallops restaurant and al fresco, Mumbai.
Christmas delicacies at Gallops restaurant and al fresco, Mumbai.

This Christmas, why not mix and match your favourite dishes to create the perfect festive feast? With restaurants and home chefs coming up with special delivery and takeaway menus, now you can have assorted festive fare liven up your table. 

Christmas classics

We have all grown up on delicious descriptions of Christmas feasts featuring glazed ham and roast turkey in some of our favourite books. And now Chef Yajush Malik has created a mix of some of these Yuletide classics and some modern interpretations at Gallops Restaurant and Al Fresco, Mumbai, this year. Be it the Lobster Thermidor, Baked Brie, Pappardelle with Forest Mushroom Ragout or the Chocolate Marshmallow Yule Log, each of these festive dishes is available not just at the restaurant but as takeout and home delivery as well. 

Where: Gallops Restaurant and Al Fresco, Mumbai

To order: Delivery via Zomato and Swiggy

Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi
Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

Gingerbread with a twist

What is Christmas without the traditional gingerbread cookies and mince pies? However, this year, keeping the pandemic in mind, the pastry chefs at Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi, have come up with a new variant of the gingerbread cookies. In a playful twist, the gingerbread men have been iced with vibrant red masks, giving the diners a message to not miss out on their social responsibility of wearing masks while enjoying the festivities. 

Where: Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

To order: Call the hotel at 8130990844/ 8130990944

ITC's toadstool yule cake (left).
ITC's toadstool yule cake (left).

A hamper of joy

ITC Hotels across the country have curated Christmas hampers of rich, gooey, warm desserts, which can be delivered straight to your home. Some of the creations like the toadstool yule cake or the ‘Elves’ Christmas macarons seem to have stepped straight out of an Enid Blyton book. 

Where: ITC hotels pan-India

To order: Christmas hampers are available as takeaways from the hotels. You can also place your order by calling the hotel. There is free delivery for orders priced above 4000, within 15 kms range.

Crumb fried goat cheese at The Fatty Bao
Crumb fried goat cheese at The Fatty Bao

An Asian Christmas

This year, opt for delicate flavours from southeast Asia to add a unique touch to the Christmas feast. The Fatty Bao in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, is offering some of its signature dishes, such as crispy bacon and cream cheese sushi, crumb fried stuffed chicken with goat cheese and Hong Kong style clay pot for home delivery.

Where: The Fatty Bao in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata

To order: Delivery via Zomato and Swiggy

Ball curry and pav at Monkey Bar.
Ball curry and pav at Monkey Bar.

 Of roasts and chutneys

Christmas is celebrated in unique ways by communities across India, which add robust local flavours to roasts and fries. Now you can partake of spicy, hearty, warm dishes such as Mama’s mad b**f pepper fry and Panthra’s & Mother-in-Law’s chutney, with Monkey Bar’s takeaway and delivery menu in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Where: Monkey Bar in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata

To order: Delivery via Zomato and Swiggy

The Christmas spread at O Pedro, Mumbai.
The Christmas spread at O Pedro, Mumbai.

A Goan setting

This year, O Pedro, Mumbai, offers you a share of the suckling pig porchetta or the whole roasted duck with rich stuffing for your family get-together. There is also Nana Cardoz's Christmas pie, redolent with comforting spices and strawberries to add a sweet touch to the festivities. 

Where: O Pedro, Mumbai

To order: Delivery via Swiggy and Zomato

Roast chicken for Christmas. (Image courtesy: Unsplash)
Roast chicken for Christmas. (Image courtesy: Unsplash)

Packed with umami

The best things are simple; like the Christmas menu of Delhi-based home chef Tsering Narboo who runs Karakoram Kitchen. She is making just four dishes—roast chicken, baked potatoes with cheese, pesto pasta and mixed salad. Lounge's National Features Writer says Narboo is 'just fabulous' and food writer Marryam Reshii believes she is an 'outstanding chef'. To order, visit @karakoram_kitchen on Instagram.

Christmas tree pull-apart bread with tomato cancasse by Rummy's Kitchen.
Christmas tree pull-apart bread with tomato cancasse by Rummy's Kitchen.

Something old, something new

Christmas tree shaped pull-apart bread, lamb bourguignon and lemon herb roast chicken are some of the star dishes on home chef Inderpreet Nagpal's festive menu. The owner of Rummy's Kitchen in Mumbai, Nagpal has given a modern twist to Christmas dishes. Her sweets selection—cupcakes with rum and cream cheese frosting and dessert jars layered with spiced plum cake crumbs—call for second helpings. To order, visit @rummyskitchen on Instagram.

Christmas hampers from Curly Sue Pork.
Christmas hampers from Curly Sue Pork.

The magic word is pork

Say it and check out the home chef venture, Curly Sue Pork in Bengaluru. During the lockdown, they got Bangaloreans to fill their stomach and fridge with pulled pork, pandi curry and bacon jam. Christmas or not, their Goan pork vindaloo, Coorg breakfast sausage and Calcutta masala sausage are a treat for all seasons. To order, visit@curlysuepork on Instagram.

Kerala-special Christmas menu by Adukkala108.
Kerala-special Christmas menu by Adukkala108.

Kerala-style slow roast mutton, prawns cooked in a tangy spice mix and roast chicken flavoured with masalas from Malabar are just a few highlights from the home chef Venus Menon's Christmas menu. Her Bengaluru-based kitchen, Adukkala108 has a festive spread that extends beyond Christmas, and through the long weekend. To order, visit @adukkala108 on Instagram.

Happy feasting!

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