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Special occasions always mean an extra-special menu! For certain occasions like Christmas, Diwali, etc., there are traditional choices, but on occasions like parties and get-togethers, you have the liberty to plan your own menu. You have to decide this based on various factors like the occasion, the age and background of the guests, what time the party is going to be, and so on. What you serve at a cocktail party will be different from what you serve at a birthday party – and even here, a birthday party for kids will be different from one for elders.
Sometimes, you can just choose a couple of interesting recipes. At other times, you can decide on a theme for your party – like Chinese, Italian or Fusion – and plan your items accordingly. When finalising your menu, you must also take into consideration the pre-preparations required and how or when the dishes are to be cooked. If everything has to be made just before serving, then you will never be in time to welcome your guests. So, balance the dishes such that some can be made ahead of time, while some can be prepared fresh.
10 Dec 15
5 Spice Mushroom Rice by Tarla Dalal
Five-Spice Powder is a must-have ingredient in any Chinese
kitchen. Made of aromatic spices like fennel and cloves, this spice powder elevates the flavour and aroma of any dish it is added to, giving a facelift to even bland ingredients like mushroom as you will ....
21 Nov 12
5 Spice Tofu and Bean Sprouts Rice by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, Five Spice Tofu and Bean Sprouts Rice gets its special flavour from the popular Chinese masala, the five spice powder that consists of star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel, cinnamon and cloves. You are sure to notice that this recipe does not contain any dominating vegetabl ....
21 Nov 12
5 Treasure Vegetables by Tarla Dalal
Hi-five for the goodness of five veggies, that’s what this dish is all about! a nutritious and tasty preparation made of any combination of five colourful, fresh vegetables, the five treasure vegetables is a classic chinese recipe. While you can use any veggies of your choice, it would good to retai ....
31 Oct 16
7 Layered Mexican Dip by Tarla Dalal
This dip is a dish in its own right! With so many layers featuring myriad textures, flavours and aromas, the 7-Layered Mexican Dip is nothing short of an exhilarating experience. The vibrant colour and crispness of lettuce meets your nacho chips as it begins its journey into this exciting dip. Then ....
24 Aug 12
A Checkerboard Of Roses ( Flower Arrangements) by Tarla Dalal
While at a party where the game of chess was the theme, our flower expert sonal panchmatia was inspired to create this checkerboard of roses. The arrangement is particularly aimed at embellishing a low dining0table sit-down. Complementing the roses in the arrangement is fresh, green asparagus and fr ....
10 Sep 12
27 Aug 12
A-bun-dantly Creative ( Flower Arrangements) by Tarla Dalal
A floral centerpiece always adds a touch of class to a formal sit-down dinner. If you're planning a party and are too busy cooking and cleaning, rope your children into making an unusual arrangement that combines the elegance of flowers with the versatility of bread. Sonal panchmatia shows how!
19 Apr 15
Aam Aur Chane ka Achaar ( Rajasthani) by Tarla Dalal
Quick-fixes are there for every dish, from soups to pickles. However, the slow and steady method, although laborious, is often the tastiest. You will realise this truth when, after waiting for seven days, you first relish a spoonful of this delicious Aam aur Chane ka Achaar. A typical Rajasthani pic ....
28 May 16
Aam Ke Pakode, Mango Bhajiya by Tarla Dalal
You would have tried bhajiyas with all kinds of veggies ranging from onions to raw bananas, and you might even have tried making it with ripe yellow bananas. But, have you ever had a taste of Aam ke Pakode or Mango Bhajiyas?
Well, this delightful seasonal treat is a must-try. Choose ripe and s ....
19 Apr 15
Aam ki Launji by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy pickle that tickles your palate! Aam ki Launji is made by cooking mangoes with a readily available selection of spices and powders. No complex methods, tricky proportions or pickling time involved in making this, yet it stays fresh for almost four days in the refrigerator. This sweet ....
26 Nov 13
Aam Lassi Slush by Tarla Dalal
Here, we bring together two favourite beverage formats – slush and lassi! Rich and luscious mango lassi is blended with mint leaves and ice cubes to get a slushy, peppy drink, which is sure to be enjoyed by everybody. Remember to let the Aam Lassi Slush rest a while out of the freezer so you can mix ....
17 Jul 12
Achaari Dahi Bhindi by Tarla Dalal
A double-tangy subzi with the combined sourness of curds and tomatoes, perked up with a wide assortment of seeds and spice powders, which give it a super peppy flavour and aroma too. The ladies finger is sliced and shallow-fried before preparing the gravy, so that it has a nice texture and does not ....
11 Jan 09
Achaari Paneer Tikka by Tarla Dalal
Succulent cottage cheese in a pure desi avatar! Marinated in an intensely spicy achaari marinade, which reflects the flavour of green chilli pickle, the paneer cubes are arranged into a satay and cooked till perfectly crisp outside, soft inside, and flavourful through and through. The best part is t ....
05 Jun 13
Achaari Paneer Tikkas by Tarla Dalal
An excitingly achaari formula to prepare paneer that is sure to set your taste buds on fire, albeit enjoyably. The Achaari Paneer Tikka features paneer cubes marinated in a wonderfully spicy mix of green chilli pickle, curds, garlic and a variety of aromatic seeds. As you toast each marinated paneer ....
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