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 15 Must Try Starter Recipes for Parties

  Last Updated : Oct 25,2018

15 Must Try Veg Starter Recipes for Parties

Well begun is half done, they say, and that is true of starters as well. You have crossed half the challenge of entertaining someone when you have impressed them with Veg Starters.

Starters like Cheese Poppers and Vegetable Gold Coins create the right mood for a meal. Not only do they set the expectations about what is in store for the guests, the starters are also the course that is enjoyed the most because it is relished over friendly chats, at a very leisurely pace.

Some hosts like to choose oriental starters for a meal that is predominantly Chinese or Mexican starters for a Mexican meal. Others like to mix-and-match the courses, pooling in recipes from different cuisines. You need to decide on that based on the kind of guests you are having. For close family and friends, you might choose a different set of starters, while for a larger party you might choose a different set. When you are having a helper, you can choose starters that need to be prepared just before serving, but if you are cooking, you might choose stuff that you can prepare in advance.

For a kids’ party, you would choose a different set of starters, focusing on avoiding a mess and keeping spices low; whereas for a gathering of adults you could choose something more exotic. If the starters are going to be served at the table, then you could choose combinations of snacks and dips, whereas if the starters are going to be served with cocktails or served around the hall, you might have to pick handily sized, dry starters.

Sounds like a lot of things to think about, but it’s really not that difficult because there are too many choices for this course of the meal! Here in this article, we present you a selection of 15 recipes that you can start your meal with.

All that said, starters can also be prepared for a simple, homely meal, just to add a splash of enjoyment to a weekend! So, you need no reason, no occasion to enjoy these delicacies!

15 must try veg starter recipes for parties

 by Tarla Dalal
Risotto is a traditional continental preparation of rice and cheese. It is a soft dish, somewhat similar to our comforting khichdi. In this more exotic form, a mixture of rice, cheese, herbs and capsicum is rounded into balls, dipped in a flour batter and deep-fried into delicious Risotto Balls, which are crisp outside and delightfully gooey inside. Served with tangy and flavourful pizza sauce, this is a perfect starter for an Italian style meal.
 by Tarla Dalal
Well, you would have tasted Mexican food in many forms such as tortillas and quesadillas. Here is a much simpler snack that nevertheless has an unmistakable Mexican touch to it. The Mexican Bread Rolls feature bread, deep-fried with a filling of sweet corn, capsicum and cheese bound with milk and flour, and flavoured with red chilli flakes. Serve fresh and hot, with tomato ketchup, for a succulent snack that everybody will enjoy. Enjoy how to make Mexican Bread Rolls recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Myriad colourful veggies, sautéed till crisp and tossed with noodles and sauce, make a wonderful filling for wontons. The success of this stuffing, and most stir-fried veggies for that matter, depends on heating the kadai properly. You need to make it smoke, literally, before adding the veggies, so that the bright colours and crunchiness of the veggies are retained. Stuff the wonton wrappers, seal them and deep-fry till perfectly golden in colour. Serve the Fried Wontons with Schezuan sauce to enjoy a rainy evening the Chinese way!
 by Tarla Dalal
So much excitement in one small package! This Chinese delicacy is named Dragon Roll because it is as spicy as a dragon’s fiery breath. Assorted veggies, sautéed on a high flame to retain the crunch, are flavoured with pungent Schezuan sauce, rolled in maida wrappers, and deep-fried till perfectly crisp. Made in a convenient, handy size, this snack is perfect for a Cocktail Party .
 by Tarla Dalal
The Mughal maharajas had an umpteen number of chefs who spent laborious hours toiling in the kitchens to prepare the perfect meal. They ground most ingredients to powders to ensure the perfect eating experience. Though not as time consuming this recipe uses a powder of melon seeds, cashew nuts and poppy seeds. The powder is combined with other rich ingredients such as cream, milk and butter and used as a marinade for paneer. Marinating the paneer for at least 1 to 2 hours ensures that all the flavours of the marinade are absorbed.
 by Tarla Dalal
This interestingly named starter is a traditional Sindhi delicacy, made of baby potatoes. Deep-fried and flattened baby potatoes are tossed with a simple yet effective masala prepared with readily available ingredients. The Aloo Tuk is sure to take your taste buds on an enjoyable roller coaster ride!
 by Tarla Dalal
A tantalizing dip of red capsicum and broccoli sautéed with celery, onions, and other flavourful ingredients. A mix-in of cheese and fresh cream gives the colourful and crunchy veggies a splendid base. Serve the Broccoli and Red Capsicum Dip fresh and hot right off the stove.
Cheese Fondue is a concept that originated in the Swiss, French and Italian communities, but gained popularity all over the world, so much that some countries celebrate a National Cheese Fondue Day! In fact, the phrase ‘melting pot of cultures’ might have originated from the Cheese Fondue custom because it is a potful that brings everybody together. A special sauce of cheese, milk, wine and garlic, the Cheese Fondue is traditionally served in a pot, into which people dip pieces of bread and devour joyfully! However, it is also perfectly suitable to serve it in small bowls as a dip for any finger food.
 by Tarla Dalal
These exciting Cheese Poppers feature herbed cheese slice rolls that are batter-fried to perfection. A melt-in-your-mouth treat, which does not melt from your memory forever! It is amazing how a small sprinkling of mixed herbs with chilli flakes can transform plain cheese slices into a flavourful Cheese Poppers treat for your taste buds. Cheese Poppers is a great hit with my kids and a perfect kids after school snack. An accompaniment of Schezwan sauce adds great value to the Cheese Poppers. You will also relish other cheesy snacks like Cheese Corn Balls, Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa and Broccoli and Cheese Balls. Enjoy how to make Cheese Poppers recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a fantastic, colourful and fun-filled snack, which the whole family will enjoy. You will especially be happy to see your kids grow with this protein-rich delight. Whole-wheat taco shells made with maize and wheat flours flavoured mildly with carom seeds, are stuffed with a protein-rich combo of rajma and paneer perked up with onions, cumin seeds powder, etc. A lacing of fresh, uncooked salsa makes the Rajma and Cottage Cheese Tacos all the more exciting. Serve these tacos immediately on arranging, before the taco shells get soggy with the salsa.
Gobi Manchurian also called Cauliflower Manchurian are crisp-fried cauliflower florets which have a sharp tinges of ginger and garlic and a delight to bite into. Gobi Manchurian is a popular Indo Chinese deep fried starter. A remote village en route from Coimbatore to Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, a tiny restaurant was selling tasty vegetarian food. He had got the spelling of Gobi Manchurian all wrong, but the “Gopi Manjurian” tasted fantastic and warmed us up on that chilly winter’s evening! Borrowed from Chinese cuisine, this popular spicy Gobi Manchurian starter has become famous all over India, spanning the length and breadth of the country, being sold in small eateries as well as posh restaurants. Together with tongue-tickling sauces and crunchy veggies like capsicum and onions, Gobi Manchurian makes a really tasty dish that you can have as such as a starter or as a Main Course when served atop Fried Rice or plain rice. Enjoy how to make Gobi Manchurian recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer fritters are a unique preparation of chilli garlic flavoured paneer coated with crushed papad and deep-fried to perfect golden brown. The innovative use of papad instead of bread crumbs makes it all the more crisp and flavourful. It is a wonderful accompaniment to tea or juice and will be loved by all.
 by Tarla Dalal
Bread roundels with a scrumptious mixed-veg topping is exciting enough, but it shifts into a totally different plane when topped with sesame seeds and deep-fried too! Well, these lip-smacking Vegetable Gold Coins are sure to start off any meal in a totally fun-packed way. But beware, this starter will set very high expectations for the upcoming main course, so you will have high standards to meet. Make sure you spread the flour-water batter uniformly on the veggie-topped bread roundels, so that the two layers bind well, and sprinkle the sesame seeds also immediately so that they stick well to the batter. When you drop these gold coins in the oil, they might splutter a little because of the sesame seeds, so be a little careful. If you want more recipes using bread, check out our collection of Bread Snack Recipes Enjoy how to make Vegetable Gold Coins recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
A delight to behold and a greater delight to bite into, Cheesy Vegetable Discs make a fabulous, eye-catching starter for any party . With two discs of bread seated one above the other, layered with tangy sauces and topped with a yummy, cheesy vegetable mixture, this baked snack is just too exciting. You will experience a burst of flavours and textures when you bite into it, so be prepared for a thrilling experience.
 by Tarla Dalal
Missing pizzas in a party menu? Well, worry not, turn your favourite dish into an handy format, which can be served on any occasion as a starter or as a snack . Muffin moulds are lined with pizza dough and baked with a topping of luscious white sauce based, veggie-packed mixture, pizza sauce, seasonings and of course, cheese – basically, all the usual pizza works! Voila, when you open the oven, you will find scrumptious Mini Pizza Cups waiting to be devoured! You can also try other variants of pizza like Pizza Burger Bowl or Pizza Puff .
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Rajasthani Kadhi, Dal
 on 15 May 18 01:48 PM

Meri kitty party ke liyee perfect menus muzze iss article me milla. Gobbi Manchurian, Paneer Fritters, Afghani Paneer ki dish ko Dostho ne behaad sarayaa. Really badi tasty dishes bani thi yeh.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Usha, Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy to know you liked and tried our recipes. Happy cooking!
15 May 18 04:09 PM