This holiday season is like no other, as most of us will be getting together virtually. So here are 5 simple holiday recipes that will impress your family and friends as you come together digitally.
The one true silver lining this holiday season is that you don’t have to worry about crazy big dinners to plan. You can make amazing, simple, and tasty meals just for yourself, with no big mess to clean up! You can make your stuffing the way you like it, glaze your turkey how you want, and add anything you want to the potato salad with no judgments.
We’ve put together 5 simple and delicious holiday recipes you can make at home and show-off at the virtual get holiday get together and make your friends and family jealous. These recipes are a twist on classic holiday dishes including Tandoori Brisket, Tikka Mac & Cheese, Eggnog Chai Lassi, and Chat (Chaat) Masala Mixed Nuts, and Garam Smores. So let’s get cooking!
1. Tandoori Brisket
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time hunting down a holiday turkey that will probably just be for you, then opt-in for Tandoori Brisket. That’s right, this holiday don’t be shy to switch things up and explore the wonders of another staple dish like brisket. This recipe is more time-consuming than the rest and does require a bit more patience, but hey you have the time now and no pressure of entertaining so even if you mess up, no one will know.
There are so many ways you can make brisket, including using a slow cooker, oven, smoker, and even an air fryer! For this recipe, we will be using an oven and your favourite Kissan Tandoori Masala or Kisna Tandoori Masala (now available in 2 new sizes). Give yourself at least a day to marinate your meat so all the amazing flavours stay locked in for the most tender and juicy brisket.
- 3 tbsp Kissan Tandoori Masala or Kisna Tandoori Masala
- 3-4 lbs Trimmed Brisket
- 1 1/2 cups Beef Stock
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Chilli powder (can substitue chilli flakes for more spice)
- 1 Bay Leaf (crushed)
- 2 tbsp Honey Mustard
Combine all your dry ingredients to create your brisket rub for marination. Add your Tandoori Masala, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, bay leaf and chilli powder/flakes. Rub both sides of your brisket completely with your dry rub and place in your baking tray to sit for at least 1 hour. For better taste let this sit uncovered for at least 24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grab your marinated brisket. Fill your baking pan with about 1/2 inch of beef stock. The bottom layer of your brisket should be submerged in stock.
Lower your oven to 300 degrees F and cover your pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 3 hours. Be sure to keep an eye on your brisket as it cooks, because it can easily be forgotten and become overcooked.
As you near the end (about 1 1/2 hours to completion) you can drizzle or spread some of the honey mustard sauce. This will help cut some of the spicy heat in your brisket and add a unique taste.
2. Tikka Mac & Cheese
You read that right, this year we are really shaking things up and going all out! This Tikka Mac & Cheese is so easy and quick to make it may become a staple meal all year round. It’s the perfect comfort dish in these uncomfortable times and you can easily make it your own. This recipe was created by Chef Darryl Masih and you can watch our video tutorial for this dish on our Instagram. This recipe has so much flexibility and creativity, all you need to create this can be found in our Kissan Indian Cooking Starter Kit!
All you need is Kissan Desi Ghee, Kissan Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce, cooked macaroni noodles, cumin seeds, some paneer, and onions! You can also add Kissan Tikka Masala spice, and if you are in the United States you can now also get Kisna Tikka Masala to make your dish pop! This recipe is great for vegetarians at the holiday dinner table.
- 1 bottle Kissan Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
- 2 tbsp Kissan Desi Ghee
- 1 cup Macaroni Noodles
- 2 cups Water
- 1 half block Paneer Cheese (cubed)
- 1 whole Red Onions (diced)
- 1 tbsp Green Onions (diced)
- 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
In a medium pot bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add macaroni noodles. Cook for about 10 mins. until noodles are soft and ready. Strain and set aside.
In a pan heat up your ghee under medium heat and add red onions, cumin seeds and paneer cubes. Fry until both sides of paneer cubes are grilled up. Be careful to not overcook or burn the cheese or onions. This will impact the taste and not mix well.
Now add in your cooked macaroni noodles and 1 bottle of Kissan Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce. Mix everything together well until sauce begins to bubble.
Take off heat and garnish with your diced green onions!
3. Eggnog Chai Lassi
Eggnog is such a classic holiday drink and each family has a twist that makes it their own and very special. Some add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg, others like it a bit spicier and add brandy or whiskey. However you take your eggnog, you know it’s the one thing that reminds you the holidays are here!
This time around let’s kick things up a notch and create Eggnog Chai Lassi. This a spin our favourite Chat Lassi Drink but this recipe brings those warm holiday flavours we love! For this recipe, we are using Kissan Tea Masala or Kisna Tea Masala to create a warmer taste. Goes perfectly with gingerbread cookies or Christmas tree-shaped shortbread cookies. Something about the shape of a cookie makes it taste even better!
- 1/2 tsp Kissan Tea Masala & Kisna Tea Masala
- 1 cup Eggnog (your favourite brand)
- 1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
Blend your eggnog and yogurt slowly. Don't go too fast otherwise it will be very watery. Pour into your cup and stir in your Kissan or Kisna Tea Masala.
For extra sweetness, you can drizzle some caramel sauce in the cup before pouring your lassi. Top off with cinnamon powder and stick.
4. Chat Masala Holiday Nuts
This treat is one that you can send to your friends and family to let them know you are thinking of them during the holiday season. Chat (Chaat) Masala Holiday Nuts offers a crunchy, interesting, and flavourful treat that will have your friends wondering how you came up with such an amazing treat. This takes candied nuts to a new level and will really impress your friends and family.
Fair warning Chat Masala is not known for its appealing fragrance, so if you have never used it before or cooked with it, it can be confusing. However, trust us when we tell you it adds such an amazing zest to each dish it meets.
If you don’t want to use Chat Masla you can recreate this snack with our Garam Masala. Both a great to use but trigger different parts of your taste buds. The Chat Masala offers a more tangy, spicy, yet sweet flavour compared to the Garam Masala which gives a more cozy, warm flavour that’s familiar in around the holidays. This recipe also works best for nuts that don’t have any shelling, like cashews and peanuts.
- 2 tbsp Kissan Chat Masala
- 1/4 tsp Kissan Garam Masala or Kisna Garam Masala
- 2 tbsp Kissan Coconut Oil
- 4 cups Cashews and Peanuts
- 2 tbsp White Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a bowl combine all your ingredients and make sure all parts of your nuts are coated. Line the nuts on your baking tray. Make sure they are evenly spaced out and bake for about 20 minutes.
Let it cool for about 5 minutes before placing in any container to store. For extra flavour you can also drizzle some caramel sauce.
5. Garam Smores
Our Garam Smores are the best way to warm up on a cold winter night with a cheesy holiday movie and your Eggnog Chai Lassi. The best part is this recipe is so quick and easy to make and you won’t want to share with anyone else!
All you need is an iron skillet (or any baking pan really), Kissan Garam Masala or Kisna Garam Masala , graham crackers, your favourite chocolate, and some marshmallows! A bit of our Kissan Tea Masala (now also available in Kisna Tea Masala) really ties the whole dessert together. For this recipe, we love dark chocolate with sea salt to balance the sweetness.
- 1/4 tsp Kissan Garam Masala or Kisna Garam Masala
- 1/2 tsp Kissan Tea Masala or Kisna Tea Masala
- 1 pack Graham Crackers
- 1 bag Marshmallows (jumbo)
- 1 bar Dark Sea Salt Chocolate (or any chocolate you prefer)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Line your skillet or baking tray with Kissan Coconut Oil. Be sure to only put a little bit, otherwise your crackers will get soggy.
In a bowl mix in your marshmallows and Garam and Tea Masala and set aside. Layer skillet with Graham crackers, then chocolate, and them top of with your marshmallows.
Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted. Be careful to not overcook or burn.
Let it cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!
The holidays are the hardest stretch for most of us, so getting together safely is the key. Connecting via Zoom, Skype or Facetime is great a way to stay safe and add a digital flare to those classic holiday traditions. Send these recipes to your friends and family and make them together as you catch up virtually!
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