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Cook up to storm with these easy dishes!

One of the biggest concern while hosting parties is FOOD. This element is usually always the deciding factor to the success of a party. Since it is not always viable to hire a catere for small private affairs, we decided to put together a few dieshes that are extremely easy to make and are usually always the hit of a party!

Mango Lassi

This fresh, welcome drink always rejuvenates your guests! Eliminate all their travel-tiredness with this easy to make lassi.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups yogurt ( I used low fat Greek yogurt)
  • 2 cups mango chunks (fresh or frozen, don't add ice if using frozen)
  • 2/3 cups coconut milk ( can use regular milk)
  • 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom
  • 1/4 cup honey
Simply blend all the ingredients in a blender and your delicious Lassi will be ready to serve!
Recommended Garnish: sprink of cardomom. Serve Chilled.

Mini Cheese Samosas

Which Indian party is complete without Samosas? While we do not recommend the standard samosa you get on the street, these mini cheese samosas are, however, perfect for your party.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped and blanched spinach (palak)
  • 1/2 cup grated processed cheese
  • 2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
  • salt to taste
  • dough, salt and oil for the cover

Method

  • Knead the dough well till smooth and elastic and divide the dough into qual portions.
  • Roll out a portion of the dough into 75 mm. (3”) diameter circle
  • Cut it into two equal halves
  • Fill it with cheese and spinach and give it a triangular shape
  • Deep fry in hot oil till done!
  • Serve hot with mint or coriander chutney

Indian-Crostini

This easy to make snack adds a tuch of sophistication to the party! Plus, it is very easy to eat without making your hands sticky.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, cut into diagonal 1cm slices
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, halved
  • 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, julienned
  • 450g fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

Method

  • Preheat the grill. Brush the slices of bread lightly with olive oil, and place on a baking tray. Toast under the grill for about 3 minutes. Watch carefully. Rub each crostini with a garlic clove for flavour.
  • Place the tomatoes into a medium bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the crostini on a serving tray. Top each one with a slice of mozzarella cheese, cover with a spoonful of tomatoes, and garnish with fresh basil.

Spinach and Onion Fritters

These classic fritters are always a favorite at any party. The best part about this dish is that you can always make more since it requires minimum ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpea or garbanzo flour
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper or cayenne
  • 1 tsp garam masala*
  • 1 tsp teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into 1/8-inch half moons
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 1 cup luke-warm water
  • 1 qt mild vegetable oil (corn, safflower, peanut, sunflower, canola, etc.)

Method

  • To make the pakora --- heat a quart of vegetable oil in a deep pot on medium heat until the temperature reaches about 350.
  • Meanwhile prepare the batter. Into a large mixing bowl put 2 cups of chickpea flour. Add the spices, salt, baking powder and cilantro. Stir to mix. Add in the onions and spinach, breaking up the spinach as you put it in. Make sure you have squeezed out all the excess moisture from your spinach. Stir the mixture well.
  • Stir in the water to make a thick batter.
  • When your oil is hot enough, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the batter mixture into the oil. Only fry a few at a time so the temperature of your oil does not drop, and the pakora don't stick to each other. If your oil is hot enough they will fry to golden in about 2 to 3 minutes. If your oil is not deep enough to submerge the pakora, flip them half way through the cooking.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot.