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 Top 15 Starters from Around the World

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Top 15 Starters from Around the World

Starters…also known as an appetisers, they are generally served at the beginning of the main course or served in cocktail parties. Different countries across the world have their own signature starters and here is a scrumptious collection of these starters.

Indian Starters Recipes

Indian Starters are just incomparable. One of the most famous starter which pairs extremely well with green chutney is Hara Bhara Kebab. This is served at most Indian restaurants around the world. Mashed chana dal with paneer, green peas and pepped up with spices and finally dipped in maida mixture coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried. It has the perfect crunch to top the starters menu.

Kids would love a cheesy starter and would not wait to finish off  Aloo Cheese Croquettes. A melt-in-mouth starter which is enjoyed with tomato ketchup by them. If adults are sharing it with kids, a hot spicy sauce or Schezuan sauce is best as an accompaniment.

 Aloo Cheese Croquettes, Potato and Cheese RollsAloo Cheese Croquettes, Potato and Cheese Rolls

Indian cuisine features many cottage cheese based starters too! The soft paneer lends itself to any spice and flavours as it is bland in taste. Mughlai style Tandoori Paneer Tikka is one toothsome indulgence. Your taste buds will revel in the burst of flavours that every single piece of paneer is sure to create on your palate.

 Paneer Amritsari Tikka ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipe)

 Paneer Amritsari Tikka ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipe)

Chinese Starters Recipes

Chinese starters are one of the most famous and abundantly ordered at the restaurants. Rice wrappers stuffed with sliced veggies like carrots, capsicum and cabbage along with boiled noodles are bundled into dainty fried Spring Rolls. It’s an ideal balance of flavours, colours and texture.

Spring Rolls, Chinese Veg Spring Roll Recipe

Spring Rolls, Chinese Veg Spring Roll Recipe

Indian Restaurant Style Chinese Chilli Potatoes is a luscious appetiser starter recipe which is inherited from the Chinese cuisine. It is made from a contrasting combination of fried potato fingers and fierily pungent red chilli sauce. It has perfect crispiness, juiciness and flavours. Moreover, it needs no accompaniment too!

 Chilli Potato, Indian Restaurant Style, Chinese Chilli Potatoes

 Chilli Potato, Indian Restaurant Style, Chinese Chilli Potatoes

Amongst the steamed Chinese starters are Momos and Steamed Wontons. The sumptuous version of Steamed Wontons is made with a wholesome mixture of sautéed veggies, sprouts and noodles, which is stuffed into readymade wonton wrappers and steamed. What pairs well these steamed delicacies are green garlic sauce and chilli garlic sauce.

Steamed WontonsSteamed Wontons

Middle Eastern Starters Recipes

Middle East famous starters is influenced by many special ingredients like olives, olive oil, eggplants, dry lime, paprika etc.  Amongst the spices what’s unique to this cuisine are zatar and sumac. Typically, they prefer a starter platter rather than one starter.

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Mezze Platter is the most amongst them. It includes Hummus and Tabbouleh to Pickled Vegetables and Lavash.

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Tzatziki Dip is also a famous Lebanese dip made with hung curds or Greek yogurt, cucumber flavoured with garlic and dill leaves and extra virgin olive oil.

Tzatziki Dip, Lebanese Hung Curd and Cucumber DipTzatziki Dip, Lebanese Hung Curd and Cucumber Dip

French Starters Recipes

French Starters are one of the most appetizing. The Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread. Made of just 5 ingredients, baguette, mozzarella cheese, butter, garlic and oregano this cheese garlic crack bread is super quick to make. The gooey cheesy filling is just irresistible – whether you make for family at home or for friends and guests for a party.

 Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread

 Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread

Mexican Starters Recipes

Mexican starters remind of use of corn and rajma in a variety if ways. Corn is very appetizingly use with veggies and cheese to make Sweet Corn and Cheese Quesadillas. You will love the interplay of juicy and cheesy flavours with contrasting textures. This is an ideal starter for cheese lovers with a desi flavourful touch.

 Sweet Corn and Cheese Quesadillas

 Sweet Corn and Cheese Quesadillas


Of course, you cannot miss out on all-time favourite are Nacho Chips. The characteristic about these chips is the use of maize flour along with maida. They are further flavoured with oregano to get more authentic flavour burst.

 Nacho Chips Nacho Chips

Italian Starters Recipe

Italian must try starter recipes are mini pizzas, bruschetta and crostini. Mini Pizza Topped with Olive, though the pizza base is mini, here they are topped with a variety of ingredients has a blend of olives, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes and cheese. They are a picture-perfect starter for a kitty party.

 Mini Pizza Topped with Olive, Jalapeno and Cherry Tomato

 Mini Pizza Topped with Olive, Jalapeno and Cherry Tomato

One of the most authentic Italian appetizer is Tomato and Basil Bruschetta. A brush of olive oil-garlic mixture is the most unique to this cuisine. Basil further accentuates Italian cuisine flavours. The freshly baked bruschetta when baked and served is too alluring and aromatic to resist.

 Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Indian Style

 Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Indian Style

Thai Starters Recipes

Thai Sweet Corn Cutlets are very different than the Indian cutlets made with potatoes. The uniqueness of this recipe is the use of authentic red curry paste which is made fresh using Kashmiri chillies, onions and lemon grass along with a host of other spices. The crispness is because of the addition of rice flour. Do not forget to serve it with Hot and Sweet Dip shared in this recipe.

 Thai Sweet Corn Cutlets

 Thai Sweet Corn Cutlets


Dig into these innovative and scrumptious recipes!

top 15 starters from around the world, veg starters

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 by Tarla Dalal
A snack that has become almost synonymous with Chinese cuisine, Momos are made of a plain flour cover filled with sautéed veggies. Chinese Veg momo recipe is simple recipe to make. 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 or Idlis . 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! Follow our step by step photos on how to prepare veg momos. Vegetable Momos is a popular street food with a filling of chopped vegetables which can be steamed or made in a pressure cooker. Nothing like a yummy Momos starter flavoured with ginger garlic and gives you that kick when you add soy sauce. Serve along with Vegetable Chow Mein and Chinese Fried Rice .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Like Modak and Parathas 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 or Deep-fry 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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus recipe | Lebanese dip | Indian style hummus | healthy hummus dip | with amazing images. I have been making hummus Lebanese dip in my Indian kitchen for over 20 years. This is an easy, simple Indian style hummus recipe to follow for Indians, as we always have chickpeas in our kitchen. Hummus has a unique flavour of chickpea, olive oil and parsley. Very healthy to eat Indian style hummus with cucumbers or carrots and great for weight loss and Endurance Athletes. Notes on hummus Lebanese dip. 1. overcooked chickpeas work great too. If you want the chickpeas to go soft, you can add a pinch of cooking soda while pressure cooking so that the chickpeas cook properly. 2. Wait for the pressure to drop naturally before opening it. If you open it in a haste, the chickpeas will not have cooked properly. 3. Drain the kabuli chana. Tip: Keep aside some cooking water of the chickpeas to add to the blender if required. This liquid will give a smooth consistency to the hummus. 4. Finally add curd to the mixer. This might seem unusual but a few middle-eastern countries replace tahini with yogurt in their hummus for a tangier taste. If you want, you can avoid the curd and put tahini instead. 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 or vegetables. Learn to make Hummus recipe | Lebanese dip | Indian style hummus | healthy hummus dip | with step by step photos and videos below.
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. Enjoy how to make Aloo Cheese Croquettes recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
corn cheese balls recipe | cheese corn balls | crispy corn cheese balls | with amazing 40 images Looking for a lip smacking starter recipe for your kids birthday bash or for a high tea party? "Corn cheese balls" is definitely the ideal recipe. The cheese corn balls recipe is super quick and easy to make and the combination of cheese and corn is supreme. Corn cheese ball is a recipe that is loved by all the age groups, from a toddler to the eldest of the family. We have divided the procedure of making it into 3 stages. The first stage is making the thick white sauce which will help in binding the corn cheese balls. Start with melting butter in a pan, add equal quantity of plain flour to it. Cook it until its frothy and the raw smell goes away, add milk and stir continuously till you get a nice lump make sure there are no lumps in the prepared thick white sauce. Once the white sauce is ready transfer it to a plate and allow it to cook, then add boiled and crushed corn to it, make sure there is no water left or it will make the mixture watery and hard to bind. Add processed cheese, you can also use mozarella cheese or even mix the cheese with the white sauce base. Add chopped coriander, green chillies and mix all the ingredients together. You can also add mixed herbs and chilli flakes to it. Then divide and roll in small balls and keep aside. For frying the corn cheese balls, dip the prepared balls in the slurry, coat the with bread crumbs and deep fry If you want your corn cheese balls even crispier use panko bread crumbs. While deep frying, if your corn cheese balls are breaking add corn flour, mix again and then fry. To make them even colourful and add more flavour you an even add chopped vegetables like bell peppers or broccoli to it. Corn cheese balls makes an luscious starter and it just melts down in the mouth. It is not only treat to your taste buds but also to eyes. It is eye appealing and would give a tough competition to other starters that you would serve along. Serve corn cheese balls with tomato ketchup or schezwan sauce!! Enjoy corn cheese balls recipe | cheese corn balls | crispy corn cheese balls recipe with step by step photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Thai sweet corn cutlets recipe | Thai sweet corn fritters | Thai veg starters | with step by step photos. Thai sweet corn patties is a spicy starter from Thailand. Learn how to make thai sweet corn fritters. The Thai sweet corn patties is made from a contrasting combination of juicy sweet corn kernels and fiercely pungent red curry paste. If this is not spiky enough, the hot and sweet dip will doubtlessly push this cutlet into the spicy category! To make Thai sweet corn cutlets, make a red paste by blending Kashmiri red chillies, onions, cloves, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper, coriander and lemon grass. Then combine all ingredients for cutlets and shape them into a round. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with oil and cook 4 cutlets at a time, using a little oil, till they turn brown in colour from both the sides. For hot and sweet dip, combine ¾ cup of water, sugar and vinegar in a broad non-stick pan and cook on a high flame for 4 to 5 minutes or till the syrup is thick, while stirring continuously. Switch off the flame, add the dry red chilli flakes and mix well. Finally add chilli powder and salt and mix well. Serve the Thai sweet corn cutlets hot with hot and sweet dip. This Thai veg starter 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! Tips for Thai sweet corn cutlets. 1. Use Kashmiri chillies for the paste to get the needed flavour. 2. If the cutlets don’t bind well, then add a little more rice flour. 3. In the dip, ensure that sugar has melted completely. Enjoy Thai sweet corn cutlets recipe | Thai sweet corn fritters | Thai veg starters | with step by step photos and video below.
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.
Tzatziki dip recipe | healthy Lebanese tzatziki dip | Lebanese hung curd and cucumber dip | Indian style tzatziki dip | with amazing 10 images. The Tzatziki Dip is also called Lebanese tzatziki dip made with hung curds or Greek yogurt, cucumber flavoured with garlic and dill leaves and extra virgin olive oil. All ingredients for this dip are easily available in the Indian retail stores. Indian style tzatziki dip is super quick and easy to make, if you have guests walking-in this can be made quickly. You can use it to make wraps, salads, sandwiches or have it with pita bread or your favourite veggies. Some people also prefer adding lemon juice to their tzatziki dip, you can add it too if you wish to. 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. The flavor is supremely satisfying. The peppy taste of this Tzatziki dip makes it a great accompaniment for whole wheat pita bread, Lavash or Chips, to make a wonderful finger food. You can munch on Lebanese hung curd and cucumber dip while watching Netflicks or TV, but it is so tasty that it can be served at Indian parties too! See why we call this a healthy Lebanese tzatziki dip? Hung curd help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Hung curd is one of the richest source of protein, calcium and minerals. With that high water content, cucumber act as a broom for our system to sweep out harmful toxins from our body. The sterols from cucumber aid in managing blood cholesterol levels well and is diabetic friendly. You can also try other nice dips like the Queso Dip and the Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip. Learn to make Tzatziki dip recipe | healthy Lebanese tzatziki dip | Lebanese hung curd and cucumber dip | Indian style tzatziki dip | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe | cheese garlic pull apart French bread | cheese garlic crack bread | with amazing 10 images. cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe is actually a cheese garlic pull apart French bread which makes a very attractive snack. Made of just 5 ingredients, baguette, mozzarella cheese, butter, garlic and oregano this cheese garlic crack bread is super quick to make. 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. There are lots of questions Indian readers asked if we can use processed cheese instead of mozzarella cheese to make cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe. We suggest you use mozzarella cheese as this is what gives you the pull apart effect while processed cheese will not give the effect. Also mozzarella cheese is a richer cheese than processed cheese. Party at home? Guests coming in? Looking for a perfect recipe for perfect events and occasions? I have got you the tastiest ever appetizer recipe which will definitely take your taste buds on a spin. “cheesy pull apart bread”. It is just perfect for any party as it is a big time crowd pleaser. To make cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe prepare an herb mixture with soft butter, garlic paste and oregano. Apply the mixture between the French bread after slitting it horizontally and diagonally. Also, we have stuffed cheese evenly into the slits and have baked it for 15 minutes. Our luscious, cheesy pull apart bread is ready to be relished!! It is better enjoyed freshly made and hot so try consuming as soon as cheese garlic crack bread is made. cheese garlic pull apart French bread can be served as a starter along with soup or with pasta as part of the main course. Enjoy cheesy garlic pull apart bread recipe | cheese garlic pull apart French bread | cheese garlic crack bread | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
nacho chips recipe | corn chips | homemade Mexican nacho chips | deep fried Indian style nacho chips | with amazing 15 pictures. Who doesn’t like nacho chips? From a kid to the most elderly every one enjoys nachos. Nacho chips are supremely versatile. There’s no better option than making homemade Mexican nacho chips gulping it all down with guacamole. Nacho chips are crispy treat for your taste buds and tooth. The characteristics of corn chips are quite different from other chips due to the combination of maize flour and plain flour. The methods of making nacho chips is easy. They are readily available in India but making them at home is healthy and efficient. We have started with knead a dough, combine maize flour, plain flour, oil, carom seeds, dried oregano and salt. We have used little plain flour as maize flour is gluten free and doesn’t have stretchy quality and can break while rolling, so plain flour helps in binding. Knead into a soft dough, make sure it is not sticky. Divide the dough into equal portions and roll them into a roti and cut into triangles. Further take a fork, prick them so that they don’t puff up and comes out crispy. Fry them till golden brown and your fresh deep fried Indian style nacho chips are ready! You can also store homemade Mexican nacho chips in an air tight container or atleast 15 days. corn chips makes a perfect jar snack for your kids and everyone at home. You can also make nacho chips healthy by baking it rather than frying. Enjoy crunchy nacho chips with your favourite dip. Nacho chips can also be used to add a crunch to soups and salads like Mexican Nacho Soup and Mexican Salad. We have also used crushed nacho chips in our recipe for Burrito Bowl, a satiating one-dish meal. Enjoy nacho chips recipe | corn chips | homemade Mexican nacho chips | deep fried Indian style nacho chips | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
chilli potato recipe | Indian style chilli potato | restaurant style chilli potato | Chinese dry chilli potatoes | with amazing 29 images. chilli potato recipe is an Indian style chilli potato which is an adaptation of Chinese chilli potatoes. chilli potato is a luscious appetiser starter recipe which is inherited from the Chinese cuisine. Deep fried potato fingers tossed in Chinese sauces will surely make your mouth drool for Indian style chilli potato. restaurant style chilli potato has found its place in menu's of Indian restaurants and is supremely famous snack. chilli potato is made in 2 ways one is dry chilli potatoes and the second one is with chilli potatoes with gravy here we have got you detailed recipe of restaurant style chilli potato. chilli potato can be prepared in a jiffy, i make it for my kids for their evening snack or when i have guests coming over. Also, you can prepare this as a side dish when you prepare any Chinese main course dish. I prefer having chilli potato along Chinese fried rice and Chinese hakka noodles. Make sure to relish chilli potatoes hot, as the crispiness of potatoes can be enjoyed. Also, you can cut potatoes in any desired shaped that you wish to. Guaranteed excitement! chilli potato 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 restaurant style chilli potato starter for your meal. Learn how to make chilli potato recipe | Indian style chilli potato | restaurant style chilli potato | Chinese dry chilli potatoes | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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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Top 15 Starters from Around the World
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 on 15 Jun 17 12:12 PM


I have made Gobi Manchurian for yesterday dinner, Bacchoo ke pappa aur bachoo ne behaad pasand kiya. Is article mein kafi sare starters ki informations aur unki recipes hai. one by one i will definitely try making it.