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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.
11 Jan 15
Double Layered Cheese Veggie Crunch Pizza by Tarla Dalal
Anybody game for a double-decker pizza? If you love such sandwiches, you will love this pizza even more. Two pizza bases, sandwiched with pizza sauce and cheese, are then coated with a crunchy and flavourful veggie topping, which features sun-dried tomatoes for tang and mixed herbs for flavour. Due ....
13 Dec 16
Lemon Grass Ice Tea by Tarla Dalal
Experience a burst of fresh flavours as you savour this refreshing tea. While the flavour of lemongrass itself is very refreshing, it is heightened further by adding slices of lemon to the tea.
Remember to cool the tea completely before adding the ice-cubes and lemon slices, in order to get the ....
11 Jan 15
Pasta in Red Sauce by Tarla Dalal
Perfectly-cooked fusilli and richly flavoured tomato sauce come across as a heavenly match.
An assortment of ingredients ranging from onions and garlic to peppercorns, herbs and bay leaves offer their unique flavours to this intense tomato-based sauce, making the Pasta in Red Sauce an experience th ....
23 Nov 15
Moong Dal Dahi Vada by Tarla Dalal
Amidst drum rolls and lots of pomp, we present a non-fried version of none other than one of the most popular chaats... Dahi Vada. Be careful not to soak the vadas beyond 2-3 minutes, to prevent them from breaking. This is a heavy snack so, I suggest you do not indulge in more than one serving.
16 May 14
Tandoori Paneer Tikka ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
We present authentic Tandoori Paneer Tikka in all its glory, albeit grilled conveniently in an oven rather than in a tandoor. Succulent paneer pieces, marinated in a pungent mix of masala powders, ginger, garlic, curd and most importantly kasuri methi, gets an irresistible aroma and a nice blend of ....
16 May 14
Paneer Amritsari Tikka ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Punjabi food embodies spices at their best! The Paneer Amritsari Tikka proves this fact once again. Succulent strips of paneer are marinated in a tongue-tickling mix of carom seeds and other spicy ingredients. Once the spongy paneer soaks in all the vibrant flavours, it is ready to be deep-fried and ....
20 Aug 13
Moong Dal Pakoda ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes) by Tarla Dalal
A batter of soaked moong dal perked up with spices and green chillies results in a delicious deep-fried snack, which is partly crispy, partly soft and partly chewy too. The Moong Dal Pakoda, with its unique texture, is an all-time favourite ware sold by the roadside food vendors of Mumbai. Part of t ....
01 Jul 16
Zucchini and Flax Seed Muffins by Tarla Dalal
This is a unique muffin with a fabulous, exotic flavour! A batter of plain dough is enhanced with grated zucchini, flax seeds powder and brown sugar, all of which give the muffins a very interesting mouth-feel and rare flavour.
A dash of cinnamon, some mashed bananas and vanilla add to the fla ....
23 Nov 14
Moong Dal Sheera ( Gujarati Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is ambrosia for all sweet lovers, especially those fond of sheera. This coarse-textured, hot sweet takes a long time to cook—as slow cooking with continuous stirring is a must for this recipe—but is definitely a rewarding effort! soak the saffron in warm milk for at least 20 minutes as i ....
11 Jan 15
Cutlets in Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti by Tarla Dalal
The combination of cutlets and spaghetti makes this starter quite sumptuous, while the tomato sauce provides all the flavours you need to by-pass a separate accompaniment. Overall, the Cutlets in Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti is a winner when it comes to preparing a tasty yet different starter, which ....
20 Aug 13
Chitrana Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Another popular traditional rice preparation from karnataka! this is one version of the recipe made using powdered spices. Alternatively, it can also be made by processing the ingredients into a gravy called gojju and then mixing it with cooked rice.
01 Apr 16
Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes ) by Tarla Dalal
Here's a spicy curry from tamilnadu that tastes best with steamed rice. The chettinad masala for this curry can even be made a week in advance and stored in air-tight bottles.
19 Jul 17
Besan Coated Fried Masala Peanuts by Tarla Dalal
Indians love peanuts, and there is no refuting this statement! Whether served boiled, roasted or deep-fried, peanuts have the potential to perk up your mood at any time.
They are an especially wonderful accompaniment to tea! Of all the many forms in which peanuts are enjoyed in India, the Besan ....
17 Jul 17
Phudina Green Tea by Tarla Dalal
Phudina has a peppy flavour that perks up any recipe it is added to, be it a chutney, juice or savoury snack!
Here, we reveal the power of mint to jazz up a healthy cuppa of green tea. Together with honey and lemon juice, mint transforms the mildly bitter and nutty flavour of green tea into an e ....
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