Flavours of joy

Ring in X’mas with some delicious recipes you can make for your family and friends today

Published: 25th December 2021 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th December 2021 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

Ring in X’mas with some delicious recipes you can make for your family and friends today

Sausage special 


  • Pork sausages 1 pack  
  • Small bunch spring onions, finely chopped  
  • Dried cranberries 50 gm  
  • Handful of fresh rosemary, chopped 
  • Fresh white bread 150 gm  
  • Egg beaten 1
  • Streaky bacon 10 rashers


Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius, and fan to 180 degree Celsius. Remove the skin from the sausages and put the sausage meat in a large bowl with all the other ingredients except the streaky bacon.

Season, and using your hands, work it all together until well mixed.

Form the mixture into 16 short sausage shapes and wrap each one in a piece of streaky bacon. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes.

– Natasha Hinshaw @thetraditionkitchen)

Tandoori Cauliflower


  • Cauliflower head (approx. 1000 - 1200 gm) 1  
  • Onions large quartered 3  
  • Potatoes quartered 3  
  • Oil 3 tbsp  
  • Hung curd 1 cup  Red chilli powder 2 tsp  
  • Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tsp  
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp  
  • Coriander powder 2 tsp  
  • Chaat masala powder 1 tsp  
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp  
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
  •  Salt to taste  
  • Coriander  
  • Chopped for garnishing  
  • Lime Juice


Wash the cauliflower and remove the stem and leaves, while keeping the flower whole.

Fill a large pot (big enough for the cauliflower) halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, carefully place the cauliflower and blanch for 5 minutes. Strain and let the cauliflower cool down a bit.

Mix together curd, a tablespoon of oil, both chilli powders, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala powder, ginger garlic paste and salt till blended.

Once the cauliflower is cool, rub the curd mixture on the cauliflower, potatoes and onions. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Brush an oven proof skillet or roasting pan large enough to fit the cauliflower with oil.

Place the cauliflower in the skillet along with onions and potatoes and brush with oil. Bake for 20 -25 minutes till the top is golden brown and the cauliflower is cooked through. (Half way through, brush once more with oil)

Squeeze lime juice and sprinkle coriander leaves on top. Serve immediately.

– Richa Gupta @my_foodstory

Gambas Pil Pil


  • Tiger prawns with head, shell and tail intact, devein the prawns through the shell 6 - 8 large
  • Dried Kashmiri chillies dry roasted until browned and smoky 2 
  • Salted butter 150 gm
  • Garlic cloves 10  
  • Fresh sage leaves 3  Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 tsp  
  • Chenin Blanc White wine 1/4 cup 
  • Salt to taste


Heat an earthenware dish (a Kerala fish chatti will work) with a lid on high flame.

Add the butter, the garlic, the roasted chillis and the sage and cook until the butter is foaming and lightly browned.

Add the prawns and the wine and bring the butter back to a boil.

Season with salt and pepper.

Turn off the flame and cover with the lid.

Let it sit for 5 min and then serve with a crusty ciabatta or baguette to dip into the prawn infused butter.

– Gautam Krishnankutty@gonzogarbanzo


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