Kola Urundai Brinji Rice (Milk based Pulav with Meatballs)

A beautiful and delicious meal to ring in the New Year, and is hopefully a sign that 2017 will be a beautiful year. The term Kola Urundai in Tamil means round balls, as if balls are any other shape! Brinji rice is rice cooked in milk and spices. This exotic and delicately flavoured dish is unique in that the meatballs are deep fried and then cooked along with the rice, not served as an accompaniment or as garnish. I have come across this recipe only in my family. I think it belongs to my great-grandmother who had settled in Thanjavur in the 1800s โ€“ perhaps she got it there. It is quite easy to make even though it is one dish composed of two preparations.

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Kola Urundai Brinji Rice (Milk based Pulav with Meatballs)

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Coconut Ice with Cream

An exotic and unusual dessert, especially if you have a sweet tooth and a fondness for coconut.ย  In the Tamil Calendar, the month of Marghazhi (mid-December โ€“ mid-January) is the coldest month of the year, and people generally avoid frozen desserts during this time, even if the average temperature is only 25ยฐ C ๐Ÿ™‚ This coconut ice is only chilled, and when served with cream makes a delightful end to a rich and spicy Christmas feast.

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Coconut Ice with Cream

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Kalaโ€™s Christmas Chicken Biriyani

Biriyani is a choice festive dish or perhaps THE choice festive dish for most occasions. During Christmas, chicken or mutton biriyani is prepared in Christian homes. There are varieties of biriyani in India, every part having its own speciality. This chicken biriyani is Tamilian and my own version and a big favourite with the family. My children say the aroma from the kitchen makes them drool and become ravenously hungry when I make it.

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Christmas Chicken Biriyani with Sweet and Sour Brinjal Masala and Thayir Pachadi

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Mince Packets

Christmas is the time when people gorge themselves on high protein and high energy food from Advent to New Year. I made these mince packets so that they could be served to guests, and if you are in the habit of receiving carolers hot and spicy mince packets are sure to be welcome.

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Hot and Spicy Mince Packets – a Christmas treat ๐Ÿ™‚

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