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Cook Up a Storm to Celebrate NYE

4 cuisines. 3-course meals. 1 amazing New Year’s Eve

Sayoni Bhaduri

Sayoni Bhaduri

It can be quite a dilemma, the choice between partying all night and spending the evening in PJs at home on New Year’s Eve. But it doesn’t have to be. Cook up a storm in your kitchen and share a New Year’s Eve meal with your friends and family—in an intimate setting or a gregarious one.

To give you much needed inspiration for your NYE dinner, here are not one but four three-course menus to choose from. You can even mix and match recipes that work best for you!

DESI WITH A TWIST
Steamed Pork Momo
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Guaranteed to be the star of your dinner, these dumplings are not just filling but also a good choice for those who are health conscious. The recipe uses minced pork, but you can replace it with protein of your choice—including paneer and soya mince. Make sure you have a side of the desi Schezwan chutney.
Click here for step-by-step Pork Momo recipe.

Chop Pulao
For your main course, this rich and filling lamb chop pulao is a simple recipe. You can serve the one-pot pulao with a side of raita, rasam or salan. The idea is to keep your side dish as simple as possible—with all that butter and mutton.
Click here for step-by-step Chop Pulao recipe.

Chocochip Kulfi
Cookies and cream is a much loved and established combination, but how about cookies and kulfi? You can make this dessert from scratch or save yourself some time and use store-bought chocolate chip cookies for the kulfi.
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ITALIAN
Peppery Mushroom Cappuccino
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A hearty soup is soul satisfying when there is a nip in the air and you can never go wrong with mushrooms. Button mushrooms are the easiest and commonly found in the markets, but you can also add more depth of flavour by including Portobello mushrooms and derring-do with shiitake mushrooms.
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Spaghetti with Lamb Meatballs
Nothing is more Italian that spaghetti and meatballs soaking in a hearty tomato sauce. The trick to getting al dente pasta is to not overcook it but take it off the heat a little earlier and let it stay for a minute and a half. Keep an eye on the clock and drain immediately.
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Tuscan Fruit Cake
A great way to end a meal is cake. This cake shares a resemblance with the fruitcakes we see during Christmas-time in India. But it is not the same—with the use of white wine, sponge crumbs and parsley sugar.
Click here for a step-by-step recipe.

ASIAN
Steamed Chicken Rice Balls
Leftover rice is often a bane, but make them a boon with these rice balls. You can add extra Asian flavours to the chicken mince by adding soy sauce, Asian hot sauce and spring onions. To make it a vegetarian, tofu has to be the go replacement for the protein.
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Laksa
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A bowl of noodle soup is the perfect meal in itself that has various versions across Asia. Laksa is the noodle soup dish popular in Singapore, Malaysia, parts of Indonesia and Thailand. One of the reasons Laksa works well in India is because of its curry base and pungency, which is then balanced by the generous use of coconut milk.
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Honey Noodles in Chocolate Cups
Don’t fall for the name, this is an easy Asian-inspired dessert that will leave your dining companion(s) dumbfounded. The use of balloons for chocolate bowls is especially fun.
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FRENCH
Spinach Quiche
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A classic French savoury dish, which very closely resembles a tart or an open pie, made using eggs, cheese and other savoury fillings. Have we ever told youhow versatile eggs are? They aren’t just meant for breakfast but for a meal any time of the day! The key to a good quiche is the pastry (not the dessert)—the base of the pie. Cold butter and cold water are crucial for the dough. 
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Ratatouille Porridge
The dish has become synonymous to Disney film, which can easily be considered one of the best food films of our generations. This isn’t the French countryside version rather a slightly more contemporary version made using couscous. You can replace couscous with quinoa, red or brown rice or even daliya.
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Yogurt Parfait
A healthy twist to the French dessert, this parfait recipe uses yogurt rather than fresh cream. It uses muesli as a base, atop which are layers of seasonal fruits and sweetened whipped yogurt. Desserts don't get easier than this.
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