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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas in India - I

When we first arrived to Deutschland in 2009, we had decided our home trips for the years 2010 and 2011. We knew then itself that Christmas 2011 would be in India, though the decision was based on a completely different reason. So after having spent 2 whole seasons in Deutschland, it was with much delight that we headed home for a joyous celebration. 

Back home we celebrate it in a whole different way. We have no christmas markets, snowfall, pine or christmas trees. No Santa riding a reindeer sleigh. To Indians, all of the above is a dream.
Yet, we celebrate it with much pomp and grandeur in our own way. The advent season is looked much forward to, not only by the christian community in India, but also by people belonging to other faith. 
(The kids are shaping kidyos( means worm). They then are deep fried in oil)

The one major preparation that involves before Christmas is definitely the special sweets known as "Kuswar" in my mother tongue Konkani. The entire family, young and old alike pitch in to help. Most of our sweets are prepared with refined flour, butter, sugar and eggs. Accordingly spices, raisins, nuts maybe added depending on the recipe. Most of our sweets are deep fried in hot oil or ghee. 
(Preparation of neuries or stuffed puffs. The stuffing consists of raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, desiccated coconut, sesame and poppy seeds, and granulated sugar)

Interested in knowing more about kuswar? You can head on over here.


  1. very interesting and beautiful pics! :)

  2. Looks delicious and how special to be home during the holidays.

  3. Oh, so pretty! I bet it's delish too! :))

  4. I wish blogger had a taste button too!!! They are delish..:D

  5. Deep fried flour, butter, sugar and eggs? Gee, my husband would love it there. :)

    I'm so happy you got to go home and spend Christmas with your family. Really, that's what it's all about.

    Happy New Year My Friend!

  6. Hi this is very nice. Send nice and unique hand made Indian Handcrafts for your loved one from


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