I love getting emails from readers asking for menu ideas when hosting an Indian-themed party. Here's one I received from Jen a couple of days ago that inspired me to make this Grilled Corn Chaat recipe:
I'm hosting our monthly book club and my selection is Interpreter of Maladies - a series of short stories that I absolutely love. We try to coordinate our meeting's food with our book's subject - usually just appetizers & dessert, but occasionally a full meal.
I'd love to make some great Indian dishes for our group to sample - and to have as much as possible prepared in advance so I don't miss out on the fun. Even some spiced nuts or snacks would be great. Any ideas?
Many, many thanks,
I love putting casual buffet menus together where guests can just sit and chat while nibbling on some delicious food. For a book club meet, it's always best to serve food that can be easily picked up with one hand and eaten while you use the other hand to navigate through your favourite passages and pages in the book. Here is what I think would go well at this particular meeting. Most of the items can be prepared up to a few days in advanced, stored in the freezer or fridge till D-day, and kept warm in the oven till it's ready to serve. I hope you and your friends will enjoy this menu as much as the party! Happy hosting!
Prepare the samosas a few days in advance and freeze them without baking. Just before your guests arrive, bake them so that they can be served warm. For a slightly simpler, less effortless version, use puff pastry sheets. They puff up like tiny pillows when done and look and taste marvellous!
The filling can be made a couple of days in advance and kept fresh in the fresh. You can then have the croissants prepped and ready to bake just before your guests arrive.
For a vegetarian option similar to the Masala Chicken Croissants, the paneer filling can be made a couple of days in advance and kept fresh in the fresh. You can then have the croissants prepped and ready to bake just before your guests arrive.
Grilled Corn Chaat (recipe below)
Once you have the corn grilled and ready, this recipe is extremely quick and simple to prepare - and not to mention, delicious to the very last morsel! For an added flair, you can even serve it in mini tortilla cups or topped over chips.
The perfect ending to a fun evening.
Grilled Corn Chaat
- 6 whole fresh corn on the cob lightly grilled over an open flame
- 1 1 small-sized onion finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- finely chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- Scrape the roasted kernels of the grilled corn into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the spices, salt & pepper and lime juice, and mix well.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with tortilla chips.
This post was originally published in April 2008 and has been recently updated.
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