Spoonful of Chutney – The Christmas of My Childhood
By: Shreya Suresh
Although my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas traditionally, I went to a school in Bangalore, India that takes celebrations very seriously. As a result, I grew up to be an adult who gets irrationally excited on the last day of November.
On a more national scale, Christmas is one of the most awaited festivals. My favorite Christmas memories have been the ones I spent caroling with my neighbors, dressing up as an angel in a school play, and sampling the many varieties of Christmas cake. I (and many others) have been partial to the Allahabadi cake, a traditional Indian rum fruit cake from Allahabad.
Another Indian Christmas favorite is the Rose Cookie. Made of rice flour, coconut milk and sugar, it’s traditionally sent to friends and family around Christmastime.
Over the last few years, my Christmases have been about reruns of “Home Alone” and adding red-and-green M&Ms to everything. While it’s great in its own way, I sometimes miss the old days of “angel outfits,” terribly sung carols, and of course, the unique Christmas food.