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 15 Must Try Starter Recipes for Parties

  Last Updated : Jul 18,2020

15 Must Try Veg Starter Recipes for Parties

15 Must Try Starter Recipes for Parties which are popular in India. 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.

 Cheese PoppersCheese Poppers

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.

Vegetable Gold Coins

Vegetable Gold Coins

Some hosts like to choose oriental starters for a meal that is predominantly Chinese or Mexican starters for a Mexican meal.

 Nacho ChipsNacho Chips

Try our super nacho chips recipe , Indian style nachos with cheese or take some taco sheels and tuff them with rajma filling topped with avocado.

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.

 Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip ( Tiffin Treats)  Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip ( Tiffin Treats)

For close family and friends, you might choose a different set of starters, while for a larger party you might choose a different set.

Chilli Paneer Or How To Make Chilli Paneer Recipe

Chilli Paneer Or How To Make Chilli Paneer Recipe

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.

Veg Manchurian, Chinese Dry Manchurian
Veg Manchurian, Chinese Dry Manchurian

See our Chinese starter recipes like chilli paneer, veg manchurian to steamed wantons

Steamed Wontons Steamed Wontons

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. Try kids favourite spring rolls and veg momos

Spring Rolls, Chinese Veg Spring Roll Recipe Spring Rolls, Chinese Veg Spring Roll Recipe

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 starter 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
Mexican bread rolls recipe | Mexican rolls veg starter | quick party starter | Indian snacks with bread | with 20 amazing images. Mexican bread rolls recipe | Mexican rolls veg starter | quick party starter | Indian snacks with bread is an evergreen starter which can be served to young or old. Learn how to make Mexican rolls veg starter. To make Mexican bread rolls, make the filling first. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the plain flour and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously. Add the milk and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously till no lumps remain or till the sauce turns thick. Add the corn, capsicum, cheese, chilli flakes and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously. Transfer the mixture into another bowl and keep aside. Then remove the crust from all the bread slices and roll each slice with help of a rolling pin. Apply some water at the edges of a bread slice. Place ½ tbsp of the filling in the centre of the bread slice, roll it up tightly and press the edges well to seal the stuffing. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 10 more bread rolls. Heat the oil in a deep kadhai and deep-fry the mexican bread rolls, a few at a time, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain the mexican bread rolls on absorbent paper and serve immediately with tomato ketchup. 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. With its unique texture, mild flavour and captivating aroma, Mexican rolls veg starter is a fantastic culinary creation. This quick party starter features bread, deep-fried with a filling of sweet corn, capsicum and cheese bound with milk and flour, and flavoured with red chilli flakes. For all the cheese fans these rolls when served with tomato ketchup are truly irresistible. You can’t just stop at one roll! Leftover bread is best to make this Indian snacks with bread. The reason is that fresh bread is too soft and there are chances that it might tear while rolling. Serve them immediately before they turn soggy. Tips for Mexican bread rolls. 1. While making the filling, after adding milk ensure to stir it continuously to avoid lump formation. 2. While making the rolls double check to see that the roll is well sealed, otherwise it might open up during frying. 3. Bread turns to burn quickly while frying. So deep fry on a slow to medium flame and keep a close watch at it while deep frying. 4. If you wish you can use cornflour slurry to coat the rolls. This will guarantee that the bread rolls do not open while frying. Use it in the proportion of 1/4 cup cornflour in 1/2 water. Enjoy Mexican bread rolls recipe | Mexican rolls veg starter | quick party starter | Indian snacks with bread | with step by step photos.
 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
Afghani paneer recipe | restaurant style Afghani paneer | paneer Afghani | how to make Afghani paneer tikka at home | Afghani paneer tikka is from the kitchens of Mughals. Learn how to make restaurant style Afghani paneer. 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. The spice powder of this paneer Afghani, is a classic example of this. To make Afghani paneer, combine the melon seeds, cashews and poppy seeds in a mixer jar and blend till you get a smooth powder. Then make a marinade by combining fresh cream, milk, butter, white pepper powder, garam masala, chilli paste and salt. Combine the paneer cubes with this powder and marinade, toss gently and keep aside to marinate for 2 hours. Thread 6 pieces of the marinated paneer in each satay stick or a skewer. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with little oil, place 4 marinated paneer satays on it and cook using a little oil on a medium flame for approx. 10 minutes or till they turn brown in colour from all the sides. In this restaurant style Afghani paneer, the paneer should be extremely fresh, else it will break. Make big cubes and not small so that the pieces do not break while inserting them on a satay stick. Marinating the paneer for at least 1 to 2 hours ensures that all the flavours of the marinade are absorbed. Remember to serve this Afghani paneer tikka immediately off the tava. Enjoy Afghani paneer recipe | restaurant style Afghani paneer | paneer Afghani | how to make Afghani paneer tikka at home.
 by Tarla Dalal
aloo tuk recipe | Sindhi aloo tuk | traditional Sindhi aloo tuk | Sindhi tuk | with 17 amazing images. This aloo tuk starter is a traditional Sindhi aloo tuk 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 can be served at lunch with tomato curry, or as an evening snack with a hot cup of tea! traditional Sindhi aloo tuk is often made for the beginning of a Sindhi wedding ceremony and before Ganesh pooja. The key is that aloo tuk recipe has no onion and garlic. Some people make aloo tuk with thick slices of potatoes fried and other with baby potatoes with their skin on and slightly mashed. Sindhi tuk is extremely quick and easy to make. All you need to do is par boil baby potatoes in salted water, drain and keep aside. Further, deep fry them until crisp and brown. Next, press each fried potato between your palms and flatten them and deep fry again. Further, prepare a masala using dried mango powder, red chili powder, salt and pepper, mix well and sprinkle the masala immediately on the deep fried potatoes as it will stick the potatoes better and toss well. Do not cover the potatoes as it might lose its crispiness due to steam!! Serve Sindhi aloo tuk hot. Aloo tuk takes me back to my childhood where I was invited at a Sindhi friends house for dinner and since then it has been my go to snack. Aloo tuk with kadhi chawal was like a Bollywood chartbuster!! Enjoy aloo tuk recipe | Sindhi aloo tuk | traditional Sindhi aloo tuk | Sindhi tuk | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
 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 recipe | Indian style cheese fondue | quick cheese fondue without wine | with 12 amazing images. cheese fondue recipe is an Indian style cheese fondue. 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! Indian style cheese fondue is one recipe that will definitely help in making your guests drool and be your fan! It is a perfect party starter recipe. 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. cheese fondue is a super easy and quick dip. All you need to make quick cheese fondue without wine is 4 ingredients. Indian style cheese fondue is made with processed cheese, butter, garlic and plain flour. A special sauce of cheese, milk 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. Enjoy cheese fondue recipe | Indian style cheese fondue | quick cheese fondue without wine | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video.
 by Tarla Dalal
cheese poppers recipe | Indian style cheese poppers | with 15 amazing images. 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 | Indian style cheese poppers | 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
mini pizza cups recipe | baked pizza cups | Indian style pizza cups | In mini pizza cups, 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! mini bread pizza cups are a good choice if you are 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. Learn how to make mini garlic bread pizza cups. To make mini pizza cups, make a dough using maida, salt and sugar-water mixture. Allow it to prove for an hour. Then to make the filling, heat oil and saute garlic, onions and capsicum. Add mushrooms, sweet corn and salt and cook for about 3 minutes. Add white sauce and cook for 2 minutes. Divide dough into 11 equal portions and roll each portion into a 3” circle. Muffin moulds are lined with these rolled 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 baked pizza cups are waiting to be devoured! For the filling of these easy pizza cups don’t make the white sauce very thin, else the filling will become runny. If you don’t like mushrooms, you can replace it with carrots and broccoli. Sweet Corn can also be replaced with baby corn. For the dough of the mini garlic bread pizza cups, ensure that the dry yeast packet has been recently opened. If you use dry yeast from a packet which has been opened long time back, the dough might not rise well. Ensure you use Luke warm water to activate the yeast. Also learn How to make Pizza sauce for topping these mini pizza cups. You can also try other variants of pizza like Pizza Burger Bowl or Pizza Puff. Enjoy mini pizza cups recipe | baked pizza cups | Indian style pizza cups | for kid’s birthday party, kitty birthday party or even for small get-togethers.
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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