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September 22, 2017

Rice Kheer Recipe Without Condensed Milk – Chawal Ki Kheer With Video

When I posted North Indian Navratri recipes for 9 days, I found Rice kheer recipe (Chawal ki kheer in Hindi) is one of the most important prasad recipes offered on Navratri 3rd day for Mata Chandraghanta & 8th day for Maa MahaGauri & Kanya puja. So I wanted to try rice kheer and post in my food book. Usually I make South Indian rice kheer (Paal payasam in Tamil) by roasting and pressure cooking rice in milk. But North Indian kheer is prepared in a different method. Authentically, basmati rice or long grain rice (Chawal) is soaked in water, cooked in full fat milk in an open kadai simmering in low flame for long time. As the rice gets cooked, quantity of milk is reduced. It becomes thick and creamy. Kheer gets a natural color & sweetness from rice & milk. Then cooked rice is sweetened with sugar, boiled till thick and then flavored with cardamom & garnished with nuts. It can be served warm or chilled as you like. It tastes finger licking delicious. I saw few recipes with condensed milk (Milk maid) instead of sugar but I went with the traditional procedure & used sugar. Some people also made it with left over rice.
Rice kheer recipe
As I had already posted Bengali Chaler Payesh, making this North Indian rice kheer was not so difficult for me as the procedure is similar. After watching many video recipes and websites, I could do it confidently. It came out really well and tasty. Even though the quantity of rice is less, the yield of this kheer is more. Sendhil & myself enjoyed it taking 2 to 3 servings. Do try this simple and easy rice kheer during this navratri, offer God and get her blessings. Soon I till try to post an easier version of this kheer by using pressure cooker & condensed milk.  Now Lets see how to make rice kheer recipe with step by step pictures and video !

Do refer my  18 payasam  / kheer varieties & Bengali Chaler Payesh recipes.

Chawal ki kheer recipe

Rice kheer recipe / Chawal ki kheer

Rice kheer recipe

How to make Rice kheer recipe

North Indian

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Basmati rice / long grain rice - 1.5 tbsp
  • Full fat milk - 1/2 liter(2 cups)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup (1/3 cup for more sweetness)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped cashews, badam & pista - handful
  • Saffron threads - Few to garnish
  • Rose petals - to garnish (optional)

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak rice in water for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  2. Roll boil milk in a pan.
  3. Add soaked rice, boil in medium flame.
  4. Stir at regular intervals and boil till rice is cooked soft.
  5. Add sugar, cardamom powder and boil till slightly thick.
  6. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm or chilled.

Rice Kheer Recipe / Chawal Ki Kheer - Step by step photos

  • Wash and soak rice in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Boil milk in a wide pan. When it roll boils, simmer the flame. Add the soaked rice.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • Cook rice in medium flame by stirring at regular intervals to avoid burnt bottom. It takes nearly 20 to 25 minutes for rice to cook. You can also cover cook for last 5 minutes to make the rice soft. But keep the flame very low.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • After rice is cooked, add sugar, cardamom powder.Sugar melts and kheer becomes watery.
    Rice kheer recipe
  • Boil till kheer becomes slightly thick.i.e when you pour, rice & milk should not separate. They should be well blended but pourable. This is the right consistency. Remember this kheer thickens when cool down. So add more boiled milk, adjust sugar if needed. Garnish with chopped nuts, saffron threads and serve warm or chilled by refrigerating it.
    Rice kheer recipe


  • Soaking helps the rice to cook quick & soft. If you don't have time, you can wash and cook the rice without soaking too.
  • Add more sugar if you have sweet teeth, but not more than 1/3 cup.
  • I have not used ghee. If you wish, you can roast the nuts in ghee and add to kheer.
  • To make a quick version, you can cook rice & milk in a pressure cooker.
  • You can also use condensed milk instead of sugar.Add 3 tbsp. Guess it will be enough.
  • If you like kesar flavor, add saffron soaked milk.But color of kheer becomes yellow.

Easy to cook, delicious, festival special rice kheer is ready to enjoy !
Rice kheer recipe without condensed milk
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September 19, 2017

Green Tomato Sambar For Idli – Thakkali Kai / Raw Tomato Gotsu Recipe

Green tomato sambar for idli – We call it as Thakkali kai gotsu in Tamil. I started buying green tomato ( Raw tomato / thakkali kai / Pacha thakkali in Malayalam ) recently as I wanted to learn some yummy South Indian recipes with it. I have heard people make green tomato kootu, curry, thogayal for rice and chutney for idli, dosa. My MIL suggested to try this easy thakkali kai gotsu as the first step. Usually we make Thanjavur style tomato onion gosthu for idli but my MIL told her mom make gotsu only using raw tomato. But my MIL started making with ripe tomatoes. So I too followed the same.
Green tomato sambar
When she suggested this, I was very happy and tried it because thakkali gotsu is our family favorite side dish for idli. So this recipe would never fail. Its a very easy, one pot sambar recipe for idli / dosa.  Even though moong dal is added, we make it watery in consistency so that it tastes juicy with idli.Both adults & kids would love this recipe.  This thakkali kai gotsu is completely different from Chidambaram gosthu. You must try it know the difference Happy. Ok, lets see how to make green tomato sambar / Thakkali kai gotsu for idli with step by step pictures !
Do check out my ripe tomato onion gotsu, Chidambaram brinjal gosthu recipes.

Thakkali kai sambar

Green Tomato Sambar/Thakkali kai Gotsu Recipe

Green tomato sambar Recipe

How to make Green tomato sambar Recipe

South Indian
Main Course

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Green tomato- 5 nos
  • Yellow moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Tamarind - Berry size(Sundakkai alavu)
  • Green chilli - 3 nos (Use 5 for more spicy sambar)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Idli batter - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Cooking oil or Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few(Finely chopped)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - as needed (I used 2 to 2.5 cups)

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and chop tomato into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a cooker base.
  3. Temper mustard,urad dal,curry leaves.Saute the onion,green chilli adding salt.
  4. When onion becomes transparent, add tomato and saute till mushy.
  5. Add turmeric powder, moong dal and water.
  6. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles.Remove & add idli batter. Boil for 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish & serve with Idli.

Green tomato sambar / Thakkali Kai Gotsu - Step by step photos

  • Wash and chop tomato into small pieces.Finely chop onion and slit green chillies, curry leaves and set aside.
    Green tomato sambar recipe
  • Heat oil in a cooker base.Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute finely chopped onion, slit chilli.Saute till onion becomes transparent.
    Green tomato sambar recipe
  • Add tomato pieces, saute till mushy.Add turmeric powder, tamarind extract and 2 cups of water. Add moong dal and Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles.
    Green tomato sambar recipe
  • Remove after the steam is released. Add more water if the sambar is thick. Add idli batter, boil the gravy for 2 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with idli drizzled with sesame oil.
    Green tomato sambar Recipe


  • Adjust the quantity of chilli as per taste.
  • Do not skip tamarind extract. It helps to balance the taste.
  • No need to use jaggery.
  • As we are cooking directly in a pressure cooker, moong dal cooks perfectly.
  • If the sambar is too thick, add more water and boil.

Hot idli topped with gotsu, drizzled with a tsp of sesame oil is divine ! Do try this combo !
Green tomato sambar recipe

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September 17, 2017

Navratri Recipes For 9 Days– South Indian & North Indian Prasadam Recipes

South Indian, North Indian Navratri Recipes for 9 days golu at home . In this post, I have framed a list of Navarathri prasadam recipes of Tamil nadu, Andhra and North India for nine days as per my readers request. Last year I made a detailed post on how to keep golu at home. At that time, many of my readers asked me to make a post on Navratri naivedyam recipes list. So today I have come up with the list of prasad recipes like rice varieties, sweets, sundal recipes/snacks based on South Indian and North Indian Navratri festival. Hope this post will be helpful to you all.

Here is the picture of our last year’s Golu!

Navratri recipes for 9 days golu at home

Do refer my Navaratri recipes collection for more ideas.


In Tamil nadu, during Navarathri people worship Goddess Durga for the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the second three days and Goddess Saraswathi for the last 3 days. People used to offer some sweets and sundal recipes for God in front of Golu. Even though navarathri is a 9 days festival, the day that comes before Navarathri i.e Amavasya and the day after Navratri where we celebrate the victory of good over evil as Vijayadasami, comes to 11 days. Married ladies & young girls are invited to home and we give thaamboolam along with a sundal variety or sweet as Golu prasadham. We usually keep the golu on Pradhamai day evening. So we offer sweet pongal/sakkarai pongal and chana sundal/kondakadalai sundal for neivedyam and we offer some fruits, rock candy on Vijayadasami day.

I have shared this table of naivedyam recipes by referring Nataraja Deekshithar’s blog post. He had given a clear explanation about Navaratri celebration in temples and its importance. He has also mentioned the list of flowers, leaves, kolam, fruits, Neivedyam and Raaga to be used for Navratri 9 days. I took the neivedyam recipes, added 2 more recipes for each day morning & evening neivedyam and framed this table. I have given different sweet recipes, rice variety and sundal recipes for 9 days. You can alter the sweets and sundal varieties based on your liking. But the rice variety given here is as per the tradition according to Deekshithar’s post. So you can follow the same. I have linked all the recipes to my post. You can click on that to view the respective ones. I am yet to post few sundal recipes in this list. I will do it this week.  I hope this table would be useful for people who wants to get some ideas for Navratri recipes. Ok, lets check the table below.



Apart from this list, you can refer more recipes in my collection of Navratri recipes post. Do check it !


In Andhra Pradesh, Navadurga  ( Nine aspects of Goddess Durga) is worshipped during Navratri. Varieties of  prasadam is offered to God on these nine days.



In North India, People worship nine different forms of Maa Durga.

Day 1 – Maa Shailaputri to bless disease free life
Day 2 - Mata Brahmacharini to increase longevity of family members
Day 3 - Mata Chandraghanta to fulfill all the wishes and provides relief from worldly pains
Day 4 - Maa Kushmanda to improve the intellect and decision making ability
Day 5 - Mata Skandmata to keep the physique healthy
Day 6 - Maa Katyayani for health and happiness
Day 7 - Maa Kaalratri to remove Evil powers
Day 8 - Maa Mahagauri to provide success in life(Kanya puja is performed)
Day 9 - Maa Siddhidatri for all sidhi

People perform fasting, pooja and pray the Goddess by offering nine different bhog on these 9 days. Lets see them below. Sorry, I have not shared Vrat ka recipes ideas. I have just mentioned the sweet recipes and the ingredients you can offer on these 9 days.



DISCLAIMER : I have made this list based on the inputs from various sources. Please alter them according to your tradition by consulting your family elders.

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September 14, 2017

Parangikai Puli Kuzhambu – Pumpkin Vatha Kuzhambu Recipe

Parangikai puli kulambu/ Manjal poosanikai kuzhambu/ Yellow Pumpkin Vatha kuzhambu is a yummy South Indian kuzhambu recipe I learnt from my MIL. Whenever my MIL visits my place, I try to learn some new & traditional dish from her. When we were discussing about yellow pumpkin recipes, she suggested me to make this vatha kuzhambu adding pumpkin(Parangikai/Manjal poosanikai in Tamil). She also told me as easy method of doing this kulambu directly in a pressure cooker. I found it interesting and tried it for our lunch on the same day.
Parangikai vatha kuzhambu
I prepared this gravy along with mixed vegetable kootu as side dish. It was a nice combination. Everybody loved its taste. As we are doing in a pressure cooker directly, time taken to cook this gravy is just 15 minutes. So bachelors and working women can  The taste of pumpkin gives a natural sweetness to the gravy. So we don’t have to add jaggery to this puli kuzhambu unlike other vatha kuzhambu recipes. You can make this gravy thick or thin as you wish. It tastes good either ways. Adding Homemade sambar powder or Vatha kuzhambu powder gives the best taste. I don’t think you can make this puli kuzhambu with white pumpkin because it absorbs all the tanginess of the gravy. So friends, do try this yummy, easy, no grind parangikai puli kuzhambu and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Parangikai puli kuzhambu/Pumpkin vatha kuzhambu with step by step pictures.

Do check out my 40+ South Indian Kuzhambu recipes , Pumpkin gravy/Parangikai chutney for rice, Pumpkin sambar.

Parangikai puli kulambu

Parangikai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe

Parangikai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe

How to make Parangikai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe

South Indian
Main Course

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Yellow pumpkin/Parangikai- 12 cubes
  • Small onion or Big onion - 12 nos/1 no
  • Garlic cloves - 12 nos
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few(Finely chopped)
  • Cooking oil or Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - as needed

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and chop pumpkin into big cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a cooker base.
  3. Temper mustard, dals.Saute the onion,garlic,curry leaves adding salt.
  4. Add tamarind extract, spice powders and pumpkin cubes.
  5. Pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame.
  6. Remove and boil if needed.Serve hot with rice.

Parangikai Puli Kuzhambu - Step by step photos

  • Wash and chop pumpkin into big cubes as shown the picture below.Finely chop 2 small onions or quarter big onion and 2 garlic cloves, curry leaves and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a cooker base.Splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds,urad dal, toor dal, cumin seeds, finely chopped onion, garlic and curry leaves. After it turns golden, add the remaining onion and whole garlic cloves. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
    Tomato rava upma recipe
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.Then add pumpkin cubes.
    Parangikai puli kuzhambu
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame. Remove after the steam is released. Boil the gravy if thin and watery else mix well and serve with rice.
    Parangikai puli kuzhambu


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per the tanginess of tamarind.
  • For variations, you can add 1tbsp red chilli powder and 1tbsp coriander powder instead of sambar powder.
  • No need to use jaggery
  • As we are cooking directly in a pressure cooker, we don't need to add more water.
  • Chop pumpkin into big cubes else it will get mashed in the gravy.
I served Parangikai puli kulambu with mixed veg kootu and koozh vadam !

Pumpkin vatha kuzhambu
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September 12, 2017

Tomato Rava Upma – Rava Upma Recipe With Tomato–How To Make Tomato Upma

Tomato rava upma recipe / Rava upma with tomato with step by step pictures - Tomato rava upma is an yummy, instant, South Indian breakfast recipe with a nice variation from our regular rava upma. Usually I add tomato and vegetables only for rava kichadi but this morning I prepared rava upma with tomato just for a change. Basically I am a big fan of tomato based recipes. Even though I don’t like rava upma, I loved this tomato rava upma a lot. It tastes tangy and spicy as well just like rava kichadi. If you wish you can add green peas in this upma to make it look colorful.
Tomato rava upma
I had some leftover upma for my dinner too. It was good and stayed soft. So you can pack it for lunch box as well. Friends, If you are bored of making rava upma, do try this tomato upma for your breakfast or dinner. It tastes good with coconut chutney as side dish. Try and let me know your feedback Happy .My School moms friends make Karnataka style tomato rava bath. I will ask them and share that recipe later. Now lets see how to make this Tamil nadu style tomato upma recipe with step by step photos.

Do check out my Basic Rava Upma, Rava kichadi, Masala Rava Kichadi, rava upma mix, rava pongal, Karnataka Khara bath recipes too !

Tomato upma recipe

Tomato rava upma - Tomato upma recipe

Tomato rava upma

How to make Tomato rava upma recipe

South Indian
Main Course

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Coarse rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (Finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2 nos(Slit)
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos(Finely chopped)
  • Sambar powder or Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 2.5 cups
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp (to add at the end)
  • Coriander leaves - 1.5 tbsp(to garnish)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp (to garnish, optional)

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and chop tomato, onion into small pieces.
  2. Roast rava till nice aroma arises.
  3. Heat oil, Temper mustard, dals.Saute the vegetables adding salt.
  4. After tomato becomes mushy, add spice powders.
  5. Mix well and add water. After water comes to boil, add rava.
  6. Mix well, cover cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add coconut oil.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with coconut chutney.

Tomato Rava Upma Recipe - Step by step photos

  • Wash and chop the tomato, onion, chilli.Set aside.Dry roast rava for 7 minutes in medium flame without burning it.Keep in a plate.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. After it turns golden, add finely chopped onion and slit green chilli.
    Tomato rava upma recipe
  • After onion becomes transparent, add finely chopped tomato.Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Add salt to cook tomato quickly.
    Tomato rava upma recipe
  • Add red chilli powder or sambar powder and turmeric powder. Mix well till raw smell goes off.Add water and let it roll boil.
     Tomato rava upma recipe
  • Lower the flame completely.Add the roasted rava in a sprinkled way using one hand while stirring constantly with other hand. It helps to avoid lumps.Once all the rava is added, it absorbs the water and becomes thick. Cover it with a lid and cook for 5 minutes in low flame.Mix once in the middle.
    Tomato rava upma recipe
  • Switch off the flame after rava is cooked soft. Add coconut oil. Garnish with coriander leaves.Mix well and serve hot with coconut chutney!
    Tomato rava upma recipe


  • Adjust the quantity of chillies as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder for masala flavor.
  • Remember to add rava in a sprinkled way to avoid lumps.
  • No need to add more water. Adding more water makes it kichadi.
  • You can use wheat rava instead of semolina and make the same. But add 3 cups of water.
  • Color of this upma varies as per the chilli powder you use. Use Kashmiri chilli powder for bright red color.
Tomato rava upma tastes the best with coconut chutney. Do give a try !

Tomato rava upma recipe
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September 9, 2017

10 Poori Varieties / Stuffed Puri Recipes–Different Types Of Puri Recipe

Poori varieties - puri recipes
Collection of 10 different puri recipes / poori varieties – Indian deep fried bread. I make Poori recipe / Puri recipe for breakfast regularly during weekends. When I was a beginner in cooking, making a puffy poori just like hotel ones was my dream. Slowly my dream came true by practiceDancing. After making several attempts, I got to know the technique, tips and tricks for making puffy and soft puri.In this post, I have shared all the possible tips & tricks to make perfect poori based on my observation. Hope these points would be useful for beginners. Once I started making it perfect, I got tempted to try different types of puri recipes. So I prepared varieties of poori along with different side dish recipes for our Sunday breakfast and blogged the same. This is how I got a collection of these 10 poori varieties in my websiteHappy. You can find basic poori/puri recipe with wheat flour(atta in Hindi), Chola poori/Maida puri, Tomato poori, Paneer stuffed puri, Spinach/ Palak pooriBeetroot poori, Potato poori, Kutta atta puri, Spicy masala puri, Finger millet/Ragi poori in this collection. I have given step by step pictures for all these recipes and few video recipes as well.

I am yet to try North Indian stuffed puri recipes like urad dal puri, peas stuffed puri, dal poori, bharva puri, bhatura and the most popular Pani puri recipe and puri recipes for vrat/fasting like rajgira puri and Shingare ki puri. I will try to add them in this list soon. Generally Kids love to eat poori more than roti. So you can try these varieties at home for their breakfast or evening snacks and make it healthy with some stuffing.  Ok, lets see the collection of 10 poori recipes / Puri recipes / Indian flat bread varieties to make at home for weekend breakfast & special occasions. Please click on the images to view the recipe.


  1. Addition of rava/sooji/semolina in the wheat flour helps to make puffy poori.
  2. Adding a dash of ghee helps to keep the puri soft.
  3. Unlike chapathi dough, poori dough has to be tight and thick. 
  4. Dough should be kneaded well to make it smooth and crack free.
  5. Resting time is not necessary for the dough.
  6. Rolling should be thicker than roti to get puffed poori.
  7. Do not dust too much in flour. Oil will get more sediments.
  8. Always dust off the excess flour coated in the rolled poori by patting between your hands.
  9. Oil temperature should be checked before dropping the poori.
  10. If oil temperature is less, puri will sank in oil and doesn't puff up.
  11. Oil should not be smoky hot too. Color of poori will become dark.
  12. Poori should not be stacked one over the other.


Basic poori recipe/Puffy Puri recipe with video
Chola Poori Recipe
Potato Recipe/Aloo Puri with video
Paneer Puri Recipe With Video
Ragi Poori Recipe
Palak Poori Recipe
Beetroot Poori Recipe
Kuttu atta Poori Recipe
Tomato Poori Recipe
Masala Poori Recipe With Video

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September 7, 2017

Birthday Party Menu Ideas For Kids – Indian Party Food Items List

List of Indian Food Ideas For kids birthday party menu at home / vegetarian food items list for birthday party – Organizing Children’s birthday party is really a challenging task for parents. Some people love to conduct an elaborate dinner or lunch party and some prefer to make a simple tea party by just providing cake and snacks based on their budget. Most of the people wish to keep the party in the evening or in the afternoon if its a weekend. Since its a kids party, many people stick to vegetarian menu if they have a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests. Be it a simple snacks party or an elaborate dinner/lunch party, choosing the cake, planning the menu, decoration of home/ party hall and arrangements would be tough for many especially beginners.

Indian Birthday party menu list 
So I have tried my best to help you choose the party menu. Birthday party food items should be attractive, kids friendly and healthy at least to some extentHappy . Not just for kids, menu should be appealing to adults as well. Long back I had shared a simple kids birthday party menu idea after getting inspired from one of my friend’s party. After I made that post, I too got the confidence and started conducting simple birthday party at home for Raksha’s birthday. I got many mails from my readers to post more related to this topic. So today I have come up with the list of kids friendly, birthday party menu items list for Indian kids to help parents like me. I have also linked the recipes for reference. Its purely a vegetarian menu but you can find both South Indian & North Indian recipes.

Non-vegetarians, please excuse me. You can get some ideas from this list and make fries, gravies, biryani with chicken, mutton and egg. I took the help of my friend Shalini to frame this list. As we live in apartments, we have the chance of attending many parties. Shalini is in US now. Being in abroad, her friends conduct some potluck, get together and parties during weekends to meet people and build relationships. So she could help me well with her own ideas. I have also got some menu ideas from my school moms friends. With the help of this list, you can decide the party menu based on your budget. You can cook the food on your own or buy from outside/ restaurants.You can also opt to make Jain food without using onion and garlic.
All these pictures shared in this post are the ones I collected for yearsHappy. The picture given below is the simple decoration I made at home for Raksha’s birthday party.

Birthday party decoration ideas

I have categorized this list as Starters/Appetizers, Main course, Dessert, Drinks & Beverages that are suitable and loved by kids from 3 to 10 years. Basically kids love to have foods based on tomato, paneer, sweet corn, cauliflower, baby corn, bread, cheese and fruits. So I have given most of the dishes using these ingredients. These recipes would be surely a winner among the kids. Friends, do make your own permutations and combinations according to your kids preferences and frame the party menu. Hope you all find this list useful. Do leave a few words in the comment section and help me with your suggestions for more recipes and a few words of appreciation to motivate me if you find this post helpful Happy. Ok, lets move on to the list of birthday party menu ideas ! Friends, do help me by sharing your thoughts and more recipes to include in this list.

Birthday party menu

In the above picture, you can find a sample of simple snacks party and the lunch party menu. If you are inviting kids without parents, you can give a simple party by giving a drink, starter/snacks, cake and a dessert. Finger foods is the best option for kids below 10 years. Skip the main course. To make it even more simple, you can just finish it with cake & samosa or veg puffs.  If you are inviting adults/parents, then you can go for wider options. Birthday party should be more of fun, hassle free and memorable. So you can arrange for small games, magic shows, music, dance to make the party more interesting Happy.

Do refer my Simple birthday menu post to get some ideas on how to conduct the party & gifting for kids. I have also shared a sample menu at the end of this post to get some idea.

Drinks/ Beverages/Welcome Drinks

Starter/Appetizer/ Snacks

Main course


  • Sweet corn salad
  • Mixed Fruit salad
  • Kosambari
  • Vegetables with dip/ hummus
  • Fruits on skewers


Sample menu for simple birthday party

  • Orange juice
  • A slice of Birthday cake
  • Mini samosa with ketchup or Veg puffs or cashew pakoda
  • Gulab Jamun

Sample menu for Dinner or Lunch party buffet

  • Any aerated drink or Fruit punch for welcome drink
  • Tomato soup/Sweet corn soup
  • French fries or aloo tikki or kabab with tomato sauce/green chutney
  • Gobi manchurian
  • Roti / Naan / Kulcha
  • Paneer butter masala or Mixed veg gravy
  • Dal tadka
  • Dum aloo or baby potato gravy
  • Veg Dum Biryani with raita
  • Plain rice, rasam, fryums
  • Curd and pickle
  • Gulab jamun
  • Carrot halwa
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit salad
  • Paan/ Beeda


  • Pastries are better than the cream cakes. So choose the cake accordingly.
  • Make less spicy food as you are cooking for kids. Parents will adjust/ compensate about the taste.
  • Kids prefer deep fried foods for starters. Gobi 65 or manchurian is the best choice.
  • They love the food more if its cheese, paneer and potato based.
  • Kids love to have poori more than roti.
  • Most of the kids love paneer butter masala and potato, peas kurma more than mixed vegetable kurma.
  • Always keep some plain rice, dal and rasam to tackle fussy kids.
  • If you arrange for dinner party, make some idli too.
  • Its always better to avoid aerated drinks like pepsi, 7up etc. You can give some fruit juices instead. No problem even if its store bought.
  • Gulab jamun would be the best dessert for Kids. No kid would say NO.
  • Ice cream is also a must for kids Happy.
  • Keep some hot water ready. Many kids are allergic to cold stuffs like ice cream , chocolate and cakes. So you can tell the parents to give them hot water immediately after they eat ice cream/chocolates to prevent from cold, fever. I am sure this tip works.
  • Finally, do not force your kids to eat everything in the plate. Most of the kids love to eat the cake, starter and dessert. Do not worry about it. Parents can feed them later at their house if needed.
Hope this list helps you to decide the menu quickly. Thanks for visiting this page !

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