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Top 15 Starters from Around the World
Last Updated : Apr 24,2017
A snack that has become almost synonymous with oriental cuisine, Momos are made of a plain flour cover filled with sautéed veggies.
An apt combination of garlic, ginger, green chillies and Schezuan sauce flavours the vegetable mixture, and the outcome is simply tongue-tickling!
Traditionally, Momos are steamed in bamboo baskets, but you can also cook them in a regular Steamer
or cooker, the way you make dhoklas
You can innovate on this recipe by adding other veggies or bean sprouts to the filling, but make sure you choose colourful, juicy and crisp veggies to achieve the right appearance and to get the mild crunch that makes Momos so enjoyable!
Serve along with Vegetable Chow Mein
and Chinese Fried Rice
in India, wontons are a wonderful food in Chinese
cuisine, as they provide a lot of scope for innovation. You can try your hand at making various unique fillings, and also Steam
the wontons as per your taste.
Here is a sumptuous version of Steamed Wontons made with a wholesome mixture of sautéed veggies, sprouts and noodles, which is stuffed into readymade wonton wrappers and steamed.
Topping the wontons with a tempering of garlic, green chillies and spring onion greens, along with flavourful sauces, makes it all the more attractive.
Hummus, the famous traditional Lebanese
spread, has a creamy chickpea texture. It tastes fantastic when served as apart of a mezze platter with Pita Bread
Hummus has a unique flavour of chickpea, olive oil and parsley. Very healthy to eat just with cucumbers or carrots and great for weight loss and Endurance Athletes
Here is a cheesy, tangy mini pizza, which can be an awesome starter for your kitty party! Since we have used readymade mini pizza bases, this recipe is also very easy to make.
It is the mix of toppings, ranging from olives and jalapenos to cherry tomatoes that makes this snack very exciting.
A generous sprinkling of cheese and herbs makes the Mini Pizza Topped with Olive, Jalapeno and Cherry Tomato a very aromatic and tasty treat. Make sure you serve it immediately after baking.
You can also try other interesting recipes like the Mushroom and Tri-Capsicum Pizza
and the Bhakri Pizza
A yummy starter, which is sure to raise one’s expectations of the forthcoming meal! Aloo Cheese Croquettes also look very appetising, so nobody is likely to pass up the tray without tasting one. A melt-in-the-mouth covering of mashed potatoes gives way to a succulent, cheesy filling that has the peppy flavour of chilli-garlic sauce. Accompanied by more chilli-garlic sauce, this delectable snack is an awesome treat for your taste buds – in terms of its texture as well as flavour! Enjoy it hot and fresh.
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 spicy 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.
With sharp tinges of ginger and garlic, these crisp-fried cauliflower florets are a delight to bite into.
Together with tongue-tickling sauces and crunchy veggies like capsicum, they make a really tasty dish that you can have as such as a starter or as a Main Course
when served atop Fried Rice
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. You will love the crisp, golden coloured appearance of this starter, which comes out so perfectly thanks to the coating of bread crumbs. It is so visually appealing and scrumptious to bite into that this item will be wiped off in no time – tough competition for the other starters you serve!
This recipe will be unlike any cutlet you have tried so far – it is not made of potatoes, spinach, raw bananas or any of the usual stuff! the thai sweet corn cutlet is made from a contrasting combination of juicy sweet corn kernels and fierily pungent red curry paste. If this is not spiky enough, the hot and sweet dip will doubtlessly push this cutlet into the spicy category!
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 served fresh with a seasoning of peppy chaat masala. Your taste buds will revel in the burst of flavours that every single piece of paneer is sure to create on your palate.
This dip is as unique and exciting as its name! The Tzatziki Dip is a Lebanese
dip made with hung curds and cucumber, flavoured with garlic and dill leaves.
The peppy taste of this dip makes it a great accompaniment for pita bread. Although no cream is used in the recipe, the Tzatziki Dip is very creamy because of the hung curds. To get the authentic texture, it is important to get really thick hung curds.
You can also try other nice dips like the Queso Dip
and the Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip
A very attractive snack, which wins your heart not only with its wonderful herby flavour but also with its unique form! The Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread involves a tactful way of cutting the bread (shown in the image below), which lets you pull it apart upon baking, giving way to the gooey cheese filling that has strong shades of garlic and oregano.
This can be served as a starter
along with soup
or with pasta
as part of the main course.
Crispy treats for your tooth and taste buds, Nacho Chips have a characteristic texture that is quite different from other chips, perhaps due to the combination of maize flour and plain flour. While a sprinkling of carom seeds and oregano imparts enough aroma and flavour for most purposes, you can add a little chilli powder if you like your chips spicy. Enjoy crunchy Nacho Chips with your favourite dip.
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 tongue-tickling starter for your meal. The best part about Chilli Potatoes is that it can also be prepared quite easily, since it relies mostly on readymade sauces for flavouring.
Whether as an after-school treat
to kick-start their playtime, or as a fun dinner to end their day on a happy note, the Paneer and Corn Quesadilla is an apt dish to serve your kids, with its rich protein content.
With the crunchy sweetness of corn and the tangy juiciness of tomatoes, these coriander tinted quesadillas will be loved by the rest of the family too.
This power-packed dish gets its protein not just from paneer and mozzarella cheese, but also from the unique combination of soya and wheat flours in the dough. Enjoy these quesadillas fresh off the tava for best taste and texture.
Crostini sounds like the name of a famous music composer, but it isn’t! It is a class of Italian
appetizers, made of small slices of grilled or toasted bread, brushed with butter or olive oil, and topped with varied cheeses, sauces, veggies or even fruits.
The crostini might be seasoned with spices and herbs for added zing. Crostinis range from simple ones with just herbs and sauces to more elaborate ones with several toppings.
The Burrata Cheese and Cherry Tomato Crostini is an outstanding variant that is loaded with burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream, and dainty cherry tomatoes. A sprinkling of sea salt instantly boosts the taste and aroma of the crostini, making it appetizing beyond words!
You can also try other crostini recipes like the Ricotta and Cherry Tomato Crostini
or Avocado and Cherry Tomato Crostini
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