Kerala Christmas Recipes (2024)

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50+ Kerala Christmas recipes to create a wonderful spread for a Kerala Style Christmas Dinner.

Kerala Christmas Recipes (1)

Growing up in Kerala, with a considerably larger number of Christian population, Christmas was always celebrated with much excitement, be it at home – with your neighbors and friends dropping by with homemade wine and fruit cakes or at school with Christmas carols and tree decorations. The highlight was of course the 2 week Christmas vacation / break that you got from school.

In any Malayalee Christian house, Christmas is celebrated with a feast of several courses of chicken and fish and meat dishes and lots of alcohol. Over time I have tried to capture a lot of those recipes here and this is a quick collection of those recipes put together for you for your Christmas party planning.

This Kerala Christmas recipes collection has everything from appetizers, co*cktails, chicken curries, beef recipes, mutton curries, fish recipes, egg and vegetarian recipes and some biryani and rice recipes as well.

To create your own Kerala Christmas menu, choose a few from each section or follow the instructions in each section on how to choose what and how many depending on your guest list.


Any party needs a good spread of appetizers to get the party started. These can be finger food or otherwise. Just make sure to lay out serve ware, appetizer plates / napkins and silverware accordingly.

  • Nadan Prawns Masala Roast ~ Kerala Style Shrimp Masala Roast
  • Kerala Beef Fry
  • Kerala Kappa Masala | Kerala Style Spiced Tapioca Mash
  • Paneer Butternut Squash Tikki
  • 2 Minute Smoked Salmon Dip with Dill and Capers
  • Lamb Kebabs with Cilantro Mint Cauliflower Puree
  • Ginger Tamarind Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa


Parties have to have some good co*cktails. I love to have a selection of co*cktails and wine for guests to choose from. Some of these co*cktails can also be made without alcohol for any guest who need that.

  • Bourbon Apple Cider Hot Toddy
  • Maple Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
  • Rose Cardamom co*cktail
  • Fig and Ginger Gin co*cktail
  • Cranberry Gin Smash

From the next few sections of Chicken, Mutton, Beef, Seafood and Vegetarian recipes, choose three or four kinds. There are curries that have a saucy base (gravy) to it and some are drier curries. Pick a couple of curries with sauce and a couple of dry one. Also make sure to accommodate your guests dietary preferences and have a few vegetarian dishes in the mix as well.

Chicken Recipes

  • Kerala Tomato Chicken Curry
  • Kerala Style Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk - Nadan Thenga Pal Chicken Curry
  • Malabar Chicken Curry
  • Kerala Style Chicken Chilli Roast
  • Kerala Style Chicken Stew
  • Chicken Ghee Roast
  • Varutharacha Chicken Curry ~ Kerala Style
  • Easy Chicken Curry
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk

Mutton / Beef Recipes

  • Braised Beef Short Ribs Curry
  • Instant Pot Indian Lamb Curry - Whole30 | Paleo
  • Mutton Pepper Curry

Fish / Other Seafood Recipes

  • Kerala Style Prawns Tomato Curry ~ Shrimp Tomato Curry
  • Kerala Style Spicy Baked Fish Fry
  • Fish Molee – Kerala Style Fish Curry with Coconut Milk
  • Indian Style Salmon Masala Fry

Egg Recipes

  • Kerala Style Egg Roast - Nadan Mutta Roast
  • Spicy Tomato Egg Curry
  • Kerala Style Potato Egg Curry ~ Nadan Urulakizhangu Mutta Curry
  • Kerala Style Egg Curry with Coconut Milk ~ Nadan Mutta Curry

Vegetarian Recipes

  • Kerala Style Vegetable Stew with Coconut Milk
  • Kerala Style Cowpeas Sauté - Vanpayar Mezhukkupuratti
  • Vendakka Mappas - Okra Curry with Coconut Milk
  • Green Peas Masala Curry
  • Kerala Style Potato Curry with Coconut Milk
  • Instant Pot Parippu Curry - Instant Pot Dal with Coconut

Rice / Biryani Recipes

These biryani recipes are very rich and flavorful by themselves. You can easily serve some appetizers and just these for the main course. Pick a meat version and a vegetarian version to cater to everyone's needs. Add a raita, fry up some pappadam and set out some pickle for guests to enjoy the biryani with.

The plain Kerala matta rice can be made in place of any plain white rice you plan to make or you can make basmati rice as well. Have a few different curries to go along with the plain rice.

  • Vegetable Biryani - Kerala Style
  • Kerala Style Chicken Biryani
  • Keema Biryani - Biryani with Ground Lamb and Peas
  • Chicken Pulao / Chicken Pulav | Gluten Free Indian
  • Instant Pot Kerala Matta Rice - Kuthari Choru in Instant Pot

Dessert Recipes

A few cake recipes, some panna cotta and creme brulee recipes and some traditional Kerala and Indian recipes like payasam and gulab jamun to over your bases for any comfort level of dessert making that you may have.

There are more dessert recipes here, if you need.

  • Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Kahlua Mascarpone
  • Cranberry Upside Down Cake
  • Chai Masala Spiced White Chocolate Crème Brulee
  • Flourless Chocolate Almond Torte
  • Ginger Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta
  • Santa Hats with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
  • Paal Payasam - Rice Pudding with Milk
  • Semiya Payasam - Vermicelli Milk Pudding
  • Homemade Khoya Gulab Jamun

More Kerala

  • Kovakka Potato Avial with Tamarind
  • Kerala Bakery Style Egg Puffs
  • Kerala Style Roasted Okra - Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti
  • Idli Masala Fry

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