Royal India Restaurant wishes you all a Merry India Christmas! Our team would like to thank all our loyal customers for supporting us this year.
Each region in India has a unique way of celebrating Christmas with food, customs and traditions. Indian Christmas in Goa is known to have the largest celebration.
In some parts of India instead of a Christmas trees, Mango or Banana trees are decorated. Depending on the Christian population of the region, Christmas traditions vary. For example in Southern India, small oil burning clay lamps are placed on the rooftops of houses as a way of welcoming Jesus.
Indian Christmas traditions in Goa
Putting up a Christmas tree, eating a roast turkey or chicken and exchanging gifts are common in Goa at Christmas.
Local Goans start their Indian Christmas by decorating a tree on Christmas eve. Homes are decorated with colourful papers and poinsettias. Star shaped paper lanterns are hung and locals attend midnight mass. Due to its history, there are Portuguese influences in local Goan cuisine.
Indian Christmas foods in Goa
One of the most traditional dishes and a big part of Christmas cuisine in Goa is Sorpatel.
This is a hot curry made with pork meat or liver spiced with flavours from the region.
Pork Vindaloo is a main course served during an Indian Christmas, tangy in taste, it is eaten with plain boiled or Jeera rice.
Bebinca also known as bibik is a type of pudding influenced by the Portuguese. Time consuming to make it has several layers of cake, made with coconut milk.
During Christmas some of the sweets eaten by locals are Neureos and Dodol.
Dodol is a sweet toffee made of coconut and cashews, while Neureos are pastry treats stuffed with dried fruit or coconut.
Besides the above some other dishes served during Christmas can include, Chocolate Walnut Fudge, Prawn Balchao, Chicken Cafreal, Prawn Ambot Tik and Fish Xacuti.
At Royal India our cuisine is influenced by both the Northern and Southern flavours of India.
Some of our Southern style cooking include Goan fish curry and Chicken or Beef Vindaloo.
Apart from our dessert specials we host some delicious Indian style sweets. There is homemade pistachio or mango ice cream. An authentic Indian rice pudding known as Kheer or Gulab Jamun. Which are small dessert balls made from milk and almonds. Marinated in rose water syrup it can be served either hot or cold.
Complete your meal with our drinks menu, perhaps one of our carefully selected ports, cognacs or brandy liqueurs. Your Indian Christmas will be truly Merry indeed.
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