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!
Super Easy Baked Samosas
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!
Masala Chicken Croissants
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
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp 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.
If you enjoyed this recipe, then you will surely love my Chicken Tikka Quesadilla and Potato Masala Melts recipe as well.
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Brian McKenzie says
Sounds like a good recipe! I think I’m going to give this one a try. I love to cook and I’m always on the look-out for some good recipes.
Sandra Hopkins says
Thanks for the recipe. The pictures do look so delicious. I’m gonna try this at home, I’ll add this to my dish list. Thank you again.
I have made this twice. The corn salsa is very tasty and my family loves it.
Wow your blog is so nice, the pictures so perfect that its so delicious even in the pictures. Looking forward to your next recipe. Keep it up.
Your recipes look absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure they taste wonderful too. I’m planning a menu for an all girls evening, and I’m sure the salsa and corn recipe will be a great big hit! Will definitely try and make this at home.
Thanks for sharing such delightful menu. From the ingredients given here, i assume that making this item will not be very tough. And the picture given of the item. YUMMY. I am definitely gonna try this one.
Hello, this is one of the best blogs that I’ve visited the picture is perfect and enchanting. Keep up the good work
I have been visiting your site for two years and have tried many recipes. This chat was out of this world. Also, tried the shrimp and ginger dish – to die for!! When I want to try something new, I can always count on your site. It is wonderful! Keep up the good work.
Eat Me Outta Here says
Hi! This is my first time viewing your site! I love your pictures. I’ve never made Indian food before but I would love to try to. Your site is inspiring!
That looks delicious.
Hi! Corn Chaat looks really yummy.
Divya Vikram says
love ur corn chaat..and the pics too
Great menu u put up Meena.. esp the Potato parcels and Masala Chai.. (I have a mug of chai in my hand right now!!.). I am happy to let you know that I am done reading ‘Serving with the crazy curry’ and absolutely loved it. It was a very nice read. thanks dear!!!..now, have to zero in which dish to make.. glad that I have some more time to chew on.