Good Friday Meal Prep: Traditional Christian Menu to Indulge in the Spirit

Good Friday Meal Prep: Traditional Christian Menu to Indulge in the Spirit

Good Friday On 2024 - March 29

Good Friday holds significant importance for Christians around the world. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This solemn and reflective day is observed with fasting, prayer, and remembrance of the great sacrifice. Different types of traditional meals are prepared and enjoyed during the day. Due to the vast cultural diversity of India, the dishes prepared on the day can vary greatly. Here you will find information and tips on some flavourful Good Friday meals that you can prepare and cherish in your home. 

Simple and Light Good Friday Recipes to Try:

Besides participating in prayers and services, Christians in India follow a rather simple and traditional menu during this day. Most of the dishes are very simple and free of any type of heavy meats, or alcohol. The dishes are prepared in a way to reflects the spirit of penance, sacrifice, and fasting. They are also very light on the stomach and can be consumed by any age group. 

Below mentioned are some simple yet delicious recipes you can try at home during this Good Friday:

  • Hot Cross Buns: If you are a Christian, you will surely know the integral part played by Hot Cross Buns during Good Friday. It is a very classic Good Friday treat enjoyed by all age groups. The hot cross buns are usually prepared using sweet dough and marked with a cross shape on top. The cross symbol on top of the bun symbolizes the crucifixion while the sweet bun symbolizes the joy of resurrection. Hot cross buns are also a very popular snack item that you can enjoy with butter or jam.

  • In some parts of India, people also make rice-based sweet bread instead of hot cross buns. It is paired with coconut and jaggery milk, which are sweet and delicious. It is found mostly in southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

  • Fish Curry: Fish curry is also a very popular Good Friday dish enjoyed in the coastal regions of India. It is usually prepared in Goa, some parts of Kerala and Tamilnadu. The ingredients are fish, coconut milk, and some basic variety of spices. Making this dish is quite simple and hassle-free. 
  • You should marinate the fish with spices like red chili powder, coriander powder, and turmeric powder. Later, it is cooked in tomato and coconut milk-based gravy. You can enjoy this dish with steamed rice or other rice-based dishes. 

  • Vegetable Stew: Vegetable stew is a very popular Good Friday dish prepared in different parts of Kerala. It is usually prepared with a variety of vegetables like carrots, potatoes, peas, and beans. The base gravy is made of coconut milk, which is spiced with ginger, garlic, and green chilis. 

  • Vegetable stew is served with appam (a rice batter-based bread) or bread. It is perfect for breakfast or dinner. Although the vegetable stew does not contain any type of meat, it is still rich and creamy with the use of coconut milk. 

  • Lentil Soup: Lentil soup is a perfect Good Friday dish that is hearty and nutritious. It is prepared using some basic ingredients like vegetables, lentils, spices, etc. It is filling yet very light on the stomach. Lentil soups also provide energy while you are observing the fast. You can prepare it and customize it based on your needs and preferences.

  • Vegetable Quiche: This is a very versatile and flavorful dish that you can serve any time of the day. This pie-like dish can be enjoyed hot or cold. You can prepare it using a variety of vegetables, cheese, and other options. 

  • Pineapple Pudding: It is important to have a refreshing dessert to end the Good Friday meal. Here you can prepare something quick easy and refreshing with some basic ingredients like pineapple, gelatin, and sugar. 

  • The above-mentioned are some traditional Good Friday menus that you can enjoy in different parts of India. These are meatless dishes that are both nutritious and flavorful. 

    Savory Good Friday Dishes to Try at Home:

    If you are looking for something more savory, there are other dishes you can consider. Some of them are mentioned in the below content that you can easily try at home.

  • Seafood Delicacies: There are many seafood delicacies prepared in coastal regions like Kerala, Tamilnadu, Goa, and West Bengal etc during Good Friday. Seafoods take center stage in these areas. There are different types of fish curries and dishes prepared in the houses which vary from spicy prawn dishes to succulent fish curries. 

  • Some of the top choices include meen curry from Kerala, Prawn Balchão, Fish Recheado, stuffed fish from Goa, Maacher Jhol, Chingri Malaikari from Bengal, etc are some top dishes to prepare and enjoy at home. 

  • Treats for Vegetarians: If you are looking for vegetarian options, you will find a huge array of flavourful dishes offered in Indian cuisines. Some creative options you can try during this Good Friday are sabudana khichdi, alu vadi, varan bhaat, batata bhajji, etc. In southern states like Kerala, dishes like thoran (stir-fried vegetables) and avial (mixed vegetable curry) are enjoyed. 

  • Rice-Based Specialities: It is a common fact that rice plays an important role in Indian households. Traditional dishes like coconut rice and lemon rice are prepared during Good Friday. They are enjoyed with different types of vegetable curries and dishes. Coconut and rice-based dishes are also prepared in Kerala. 

  • Apart from the above-mentioned dishes, there are also many other dishes prepared and enjoyed in different parts of the country during Jesus Christ Good Friday. For instance, people in Kerala prepare Pesaha appam, and pesaha paal. Similarly, in Goa, fugias and sweet fried bread are prepared and shared among the families. 


    Goodfriday in India is a celebration of culinary heritage and traditions. As most people try to abstain from meat, dairy, and certain grains during this time, looking for light and simple options that are mentioned above could be the best option. It does not matter whether you are looking for savory seafood delicacies, or something very simple and light to honor this solemn day, as families gather around the table, looking for dishes that serve the interests of all is important.