The delicious classic Kerala Chicken Biriyani is made by layering chicken gravy with fluffy aromatic basmati rice.
This Kerala Chicken Biriyani is influenced from Kottayam region and will have a typical Syrian Christian touch. Biriyanis are usually made during special occasions, weddings and festivals. It’s a must-have during Christmas.
Christmas is celebrated in pomp and style in Kerala. Even though we aren’t Christians, we live in Central Travancore which is largely influenced by Syrian Christians.
It is also a time when all the cousins get together and there will be lots of non-stop giggles and banter.
Almost ten days before Christmas, we put up a twinkling star outside of our homes, adorn it with fairy lights and wait for the Carol to arrive. Most often the Carol arrives two-three days before Christmas Eve. Christmas Carol group includes kids too, who carry candles and visit the neighborhood singing Christmas carols. It is fascinating for the children because irrespective of religion, all the houses are open and all would join them in the merriment.
Santa Claus gives little presents and chocolates to the kids, setting the tone of joy and cheerfulness.
For us, celebrating Christmas also means celebrating Mum’s birthday. Though she doesn’t have any other type of meat or poultry except chicken, we still prepare a wide variety of dishes on a Christmas day.
Yes, we go all out. Breakfast would often be Appams and Idiyappams with Mutton or Chicken Stew along with steamed sweet plantains. Christmas lunch would be Chicken or Beef Biryani with a side of raita, eggs, pappad, fried fish, and pickle. We end it with cutlets and a payasam.
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