Jasmine’s 18 Christmas Recipes for a Festive Table
Christmas is such a magical time for your kitchen. It’s a time to tap into your family’s traditions, while also leaving plenty of room to get creative! I love exploring fresh takes on old classics this time of year, and so far my guests and I have enjoyed them all — with some real keepers that are now on the demand list!!! Here I’ve rounded up my favourites from over the years — I hope you’ll feel inspired for your festive spread.
Nothing says Christmas party like a wreath! This one is made with sweet potato slices and filled with a pilaf/salad/stuffing idea of black rice and Puy lentils tossed together with some aromatics and chestnuts and cranberries. An absolute showstopper of a centrepiece.
This vinegary, tangy side dish makes a very welcome fresh addition to your mains. Make it a week in advance to let the flavours amalgamate and save yourself some of the stress of getting everything together on Christmas morning!
Cranberry sauce has got an Ayurvedic upgrade with this one — offsetting the sweet sourness of cranberries with a ginger kick, serve it with your turkey, nut roast or whatever else your pièce de résistance may be!
If your oven is always chocka come Christmas day, this side is for you! It’s a tasty veggie stir-fry you can put together in minutes and makes a lovely alternative to your classic roast carrots — and keeping honey strictly uncooked is an Ayurvedic must.
Roast parsnips may not be a favourite in your household, but I can assure you this cornbread will be. I added this American classic with a twist to my Christmas table a couple years ago and I must say it was a pretty great idea.
This Gujarati-inspired take on a classic Christmas fruitcake was approved by self-proclaimed Christmas cake experts Nick and my best friend Sjaniel, so I think you’ll love it too. It can be made vegan, as well, so it’s great for the whole family.
I don’t drink often, but I do like to have something a bit special on Christmas eve and other occasions. I came up with this non-alcoholic cocktail that’s sweet and spicy and comes in two declinations — the Refresher and the Relaxer, both of which will help you digest a bigger-than-usual festive meal.
Eaten throughout India as a post meal refresher, not only do these sweet fennel seeds clean the teeth and tastebuds and lend a fragrant end to the meal, but they’re also known for toning the digestive system and enhancing Agni, or digestive fire.