Times like Christmas are made even more special by the foods we love. These are usually things our mothers or grandmothers made when we were growing up. Most of us continue to cook and serve these dishes at our own tables on festive occasions, adding a couple of our own.
None of these have to be "fancy" or especially difficult to prepare so they can qualify. It's the memories of the happy times spent sharing them that make them desirable!
A regal dish, Mughlai Biryani is fit for a king and was probably eaten by many too! This makes the perfect one-dish meal for when you have company. It combines ingredients typical to the Mughlai style of cooking.
This tasty rice dish is a classic at North Indian meals. It gets its name from the Yakhni (meat stock) it is cooked in. I like to serve Yakhni Pulao with just a simple vegetable raita but you can go all out and add a curry dish too.
This typically coastal Indian food is eaten with curries, stir-fries and even on its own. There's nothing like warm, soft and fluffy Sannas to go with a Pork Vindaloo or Sorpatel!
Hot and tangy, this dish is from the heart of beautiful Goa on India's western coast. Eat it with plain boiled rice or Jeera Rice and a leafy green salad.
This dish sounds exotic and tastes it too! Add it to a dinner party menu and friends will think you slaved to prepare it for them. In truth, Nargisis Kofta is fairly simple to make.
This pan-fried kabab can be made with lamb or beef but tastes best when made with the former. Serve it with Mint-Coriander Chutney.
The word Tikka means pieces or bits. Chicken Tikka Masala is a delicious dish in which pre-marinated pieces of chicken are grilled and then added to a thick creamy gravy. The result is a lovely smokey flavor. Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with hot Naans (leavened Tandoor-baked flatbread).
Among the most famous Indian foods, Tandoori Chicken is loved by people the world over. The nicest thing about this dish though, is that it's really easy to make!
This is a dish for special occasions - not for any other reason except that it is rich! Its mild, thick, creamy gravy is inspired by the food of Central Asia and came to India during the rule of the famous Mughal dynasty. Cook and eat it and you will feel like royalty yourself!
From Tamilnadu in South India, Chettinad Chicken is a fiery curry. There's no reason why you can't reduce the chillies to suit your own palate though. Chettinad Chicken tastes great with parathas (pan fried flatbread) or rice.