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Last Updated : Sep 30,2018
24 Easy but Awesome Starters
Simple but Superb Starters
Although some of you might consider starters as an optional course of the meal, nobody can deny the fact that they bring in an element of fun and excitement, and set the mood and pace for the upcoming meal. We might not plan to have starters for everyday meals, but any special occasion, be it a party or a festive celebration is absolutely incomplete without starters.
Starters are meant to be visually and gastronomically appetizing. They are served with attractive garnishes and often with a selection of salads and chutneys. The splash of colours and the attractive forms in which the starters arrive make the diners eager to taste some! Starters must ideally be sized small and handy, so that it is easy to serve without fussing with forks and knives. Moreover, when multiple starters are served, a small sized serving ensures that the diners are able to taste all the starters comfortably without becoming full in the first course itself!
Fortunately, starters need not always be complicated and time-consuming. Many starters can be prepared easily and quickly, with minimal ingredients. In fact, they must be kept simple and quick so that they can be prepared hot and fresh just before serving. Most starters will lose their vibrant colours and crispy textures when prepared earlier. So, pick starters that are simple to prepare yet tasty, like the ones shown here.
Some starters are deep-fried, while others are baked. If you have somebody to help you, go for deep-fried starters. Else, if you are hosting a small party alone, pick baked ones, so that you can pop them into the oven and get ready to welcome your guests. When they are settled, the starters will also be ready.
Cheese Balls, Corn Cheese Balls, Cheese Garlic Bread and Crispy Fried Corn are some of the all-time favourite starters, which are very popular in restaurants too. They can even be made on a Sunday to the utter delight of your family! Avocado and Coconut Crostini, Grilled Baingan in Olive Oil and Sea Salt, and Ricotta and Spinach Crostini are some elegant starters that’ll go well with any group of guests. For those who prefer a touch of desi spices, go for something like the Malai Paneer Chilli Flake Balls, Sprouts Tikki or Paneer Cheese Balls. And, for Oriental cuisine fans, there is nothing better than Chilli Potatoes and Gobi Manchurian, or the more exotic ones like Cauliflower in Schezuan Sauce.
Take your pick of starters depending on the number of guests (whether for your family alone or for a larger party), the meal it is for, the age group and known preferences of the guests, time on hand, availability of help, etc. You can also customise the starters according to your preferences, by altering the spice levels, garnishes, veggies used, etc. There are many more options on our website and app, please do check them out.
7 Reasons to make Simple Easy Starters:
|1. ||Starters can be made not only for parties, but for a special meal with your family too
|2. ||Some starters are easy and quick
|3. ||Starters must be presentable, tasty and moderately filling
|4. ||Keep the size small and handy
|5. ||There are many variants possible for each starter
|6. ||Healthy starters are also possible, like baked, grilled, cold or tava-cooked ones
|7. ||Starters are loved by kids and adults
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Crispy Fried Corn by Tarla Dalal
A snack that requires a bit of patience but is so unique and exciting that you will thoroughly enjoy the results of your effort!
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Sprouts Tikki, Healthy- Starter Sprouts Tikki Recipe by Tarla Dalal
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Corn Cheese Balls ( Starter ) by Tarla Dalal
Just the mention of corn and cheese makes this starter worth a try, because this duo is a great hit with people of all age groups. Allow the peppy, cheesy corn mixture to cool well, otherwise you will not be able to shape it. Once that step is through, then the Corn Cheese Balls are easy to prepare. ....
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Zucchini Rollups by Tarla Dalal
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Grilled Mushrooms, Healthy Accompaniment by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes, it’s mind-blowing how the simplest of cooking procedures and the most minimal ingredients yield the tastiest of foods!
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Chilli Garlic Mushroom Recipe, Indian Style by Tarla Dalal
Here’s a tongue-tickling Chilli Garlic Mushroom Recipe made in a crossover Indian
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Cheese Balls, Veg Starter by Tarla Dalal
Cheese Balls is a starter that always tops the charts! It is a great hit with everybody, all thanks to the cheesy mouth-feel and peppy flavour.
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Avocado and Coconut Crostini by Tarla Dalal
Crositinis as perfect to serve as starters at parties. They set a very upbeat mood right at the beginning, with their attractive appearance and irresistible taste.
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Paneer Cheese Balls, Indian Veg Starter by Tarla Dalal
Two types of cheese come together in a unique manner to delight the diner!
An outer layer of paneer and onions with taste-enhancers like green chillies and ginger wraps a centre of gooey molten cheese.
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Chilli Potatoes by Tarla Dalal
Guaranteed excitement! Chilli Potatoes causes a thrilling burst of flavours in your palate with a combination of sauces, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Potatoes, cut into fingers, absorb the flavours of the sauces very well and mingle nicely with the crunchy spring onions as well, resulting in a ....
10 Dec 15
Gobi Manchurian, How To Make Gobi Manchurian, Starter by Tarla Dalal
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!
Grilled Baingan in Olive Oil and Sea Salt , Grilled Eggplant by Tarla Dalal
Eggplant is an amazing vegetable – those who love it will never stop experimenting with it, because so many delectable dishes can be prepared with it!
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01 Mar 17
Ricotta and Spinach Crostini by Tarla Dalal
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A platter of Cro ....
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Cauliflower in Schezuan Sauce by Tarla Dalal
When you want to make something much more peppy than plain cauliflower bhajiyas, try this tongue-tickling Cauliflower in Schezuan Sauce. The batter of cornflour and maida makes the cauliflower really crunchy upon deep-frying, while the gravy of spring onions, Schezuan sauce, tomato ketchup, etc., gi ....
Malai Paneer Chilli Flake Balls, Cold Starter by Tarla Dalal
This no-fuss starter
can be prepared before you can say mix-and-shape, yet it has the most charming melt-in-the-mouth texture and exciting flavour.
By coating balls of crumbled paneer with chilli flakes, you get a delectably unique cold starter. The ....
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Cheesy Mushrooms, Mushroom Stuffed with Cheese, Starter by Tarla Dalal
Crunchy onions and gooey cheese make a wonderful filling for large and succulent mushrooms. Bread crumbs add volume and impart a mind-blowing texture to the filling, while mustard powder adds an exciting punch to it.
The mushrooms, when baked
Sesame Paneer by Tarla Dalal
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Dragon Rolls 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.
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27 Jul 08
Thai Sweet Corn Cutlets by Tarla Dalal
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Risotto Balls with Pizza Sauce 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, whi ....
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Vegetable, Paneer and Noodle Balls by Tarla Dalal
You would generally have noticed that many starters are coated with bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes before deep-frying, to impart a notable crispness. The Vegetable, Paneer and Noodle Balls uses a uniquely different technique to get a much better effect. Here, the veggie and paneer mixture is dip ....
Sweet Potato and Sesame Croquettes by Tarla Dalal
Serve it as a snack with tea or as a starter at a party, in any case these Sweet Potato and Sesame Croquettes will vanish within seconds of being placed on the table! Whether it is the crispy texture of this snack, the appetizing aroma of roasted sesame, the succulent mouth-feel of mashed potatoes, ....
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