Posts Tagged ‘appetizer’


Asparagus With Ginger

Stir-fry asparagus is healthy and simple to prepare, yet very delicious. It is a beautiful dish to serve and makes a great appetizer or a side dish.


Battura

Battura is fried puffed bread traditionally served with chola (chickpeas). The combination, called Chola Batura, is a popular dish from
the state of Punjab. Chola Batura is a popular dish among youngsters.


Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)

This is a simple spicy snack with a light crunch! This is very popular with street vendors in Mumbai, Bhel puri. Every street vendor has his own twist but it doesn’t matter how you make it. Two main ingredients remain the same . . . puffed rice (murmura) and fine sev.



Black Eyed Pea Salad

Black-eyed pea salad is very colorful and delicious. Ginger dressing gives a nice tangy flavor. This is great for quick and light lunch.


Bread Pakoras

Spicy hot bread pakoras are great as an appetizer, finger food for any type of the gathering, and a tasty compliment for your afternoon tea.


Chaat Bites

Appetizers are typically finger foods that are easy to pick up and eat while waiting for the main course. So I decided to come up with an appetizer that has all the flavors of a traditional chaat and at the same time has the convenience of being able to be made ahead of time and is also a finger food. After some thinking, I came up with these yummy Chaat Bites – a crowd pleaser for sure!



Cheese Para

Cheese is produced and consumed throughout the world in various forms. Shakkar para or Namak para are very popular snacks served in India during Diwali season. Combing cheese with Namak Para has resulted into what I call “Cheese Para”. The cheese adds a little zing to the Namak Para taking it to a whole new level.


Chola Tikki (Chickpeas Patties)

Chola Tikki is a spicy snack. Tikkis are also known as a chat. Just the smell of Tikki can make you hungry.


Contest 2011 April

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

April’s contest will be a fresh spring appetizer using two or more of the following ingredients: carrot cucumber celery banana apple As usual, you will be judged on creativity, and presentation (in addition to the recipe as a whole). Most likely, I will be selecting the top two winners myself for this month. Below is […]


Contest 2011 October Winners

Friday, November 4th, 2011

There were many entries last month for the appetizer. As usual, it was tough selecting the winners. Here are the my top five entries and two top winners from those: 1st Place: Divya (Chaat Bites) 2nd Place: Dipti Joshi (Mushroom Sesame Fingers) Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated […]


Contest October 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Appetizers are a great way to share with friends and family during the holidays. Since Diwali festival is coming at the end of the month, I thought it will be nice to make the contest about an appetizer.  The rules for October are the following: You may create any kind of appetizer It must be vegetarian […]


Dahi Vada

Dahi Vadas are lentil dumplings topped with a spicy savory yogurt and tamarind chutney. These are great as a side dish for a formal dinner or served as a chaat. Dahi vadad are made using wash urad dal or moong dal or with a combination of both dals using different proportions of dal.


Dhokla (Suji – Semolina)

Dhokla is a traditional gujrati snack, spongy and fluffy in texture. Dhokla makes a great appetizer.


Garden Fresh Tapas

This is a mildly spiced, refreshing and healthy appetizer. Tomatoes and cucumbers are filled with sprouted moong or flavored cream cheese. It makes an amazingly colorful finger food that is easy to prepare and tastes incredible.


Khasta Kachori

Khasta Kachori is a delicious, spicy, fried puff pastry. Kachoris are great as an appetizer or as part of a festive meal for any occasion.


Masala French Fries

Masala French Fries are an exciting twist on french fries, and they are great to serve with cocktails or as an appetizer.


Mathri (Salted Crackers)

Mathris are similar to salted crackers and are a popular afternoon snack. Traditionally, mathris are served with spicy pickles.


Mushroom Sesame Fingers

Mushroom Sesame Fingers are a great choice for a light, crispy and low-fat appetizer. Prepare it in advance whenever there’s a party, and store it in the oven. Reheat for 10 minutes before serving.


Namak Paare

Namak paare is pastry like crunchy snack lightly seasoned with carom seed. This is great snack with cup of tea. I like them with spiced mango or lemon pickle.


Potato Paneer Tots

Potato Paneer Tots are a great blend of potatoes, paneer and jalapeno pepper.