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September 7, 2017

Birthday Party Recipes Menu Ideas – Indian Party Food Items List

List of Indian food ideas for kids birthday party recipes menu at home / vegetarian food items list for birthday party dinner & Lunch – 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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June 2, 2017

Bread Roll Recipe – Potato Stuffed Crispy Bread Rolls Recipe

Stuffed potato bread roll recipe
I have few snacks recipes using bread in my try list for long time. So I started with this bread roll recipe and thought of trying them one by one to share in my blogHappy. This potato stuffed bread roll recipe is a yummy, kids friendly snack with their 2 favorite major ingredients – Potato and bread. Recently I tasted this bread rolls in a simple birthday party conducted in my neighbor’s house.It was a snack party.So she had served this bread roll with tomato sauce/ketchup,a cake slice, store bought potato chips and a glass of store bought drink. Bread roll was crispy outside and soft inside. When I asked about the recipe, she gave a gist about it. After getting the idea from her, I watched a chicken bread roll video in YouTube to find out how to make it crispy. I tried it last week for Raksha and her friends. I made some lemon popsicle too. All of them loved itLove Struck. Myself and Sendhil stopped with one as its deep friedWinking. I guess these aloo bread rolls can be baked as well.  Friends, Do try this easy, kids friendly evening snack & party snack – Indian style Stuffed bread roll at home and enjoy.  Lets see how to make bread roll recipe with step by step photos and video.

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February 11, 2016

Homemade Stovetop Pizza – No Oven Veg Pizza

stovetop pizza
Making homemade pizza must be the dream for many.Me too not an exceptionBatting Eyelashes.Whenever I order Pizza online from Dominos or Pizza Hut,i used to think “When I am i going to make it on my own???Day dreaming” Of course,I have tried pizza using readymade pizza base and shared a post in my blog years ago.But i was waiting to make a perfect pizza from scratch following a simple recipe.Recently my friend Shalini shared me an easy,no knead,no wait, stovetop pizza recipe(Also known as Tawa pizza/skillet pizza) video in youtube.I was super excited to see the ease and quickness of this recipe and tried it on the same day.I used a simple topping with onions,tomato,olives and capsicum.It was excellent in taste and got a big thumbs up from my family members!! Raksha loved it very much and asked me to make it the next day too.I tried a no yeast stovetop pizza as well.I will try to share that recipe by next week.As Valentine’s day is nearing,i thought this post would be useful for people to cook pizza without oven and treat your familyHappy.You can make the pizza base/crust thick or thin as per your wish.This recipe uses Self rising flour.As a susbtitute you can use maida + baking powder + salt.Check its quantity in ingredients section.I am sure this recipe would surely help you in making a great Veg pizza at home and that too within 20 minutes.You can enjoy it for breakfast,dinner or as an evening snack.Just give a try and share your feedback here,I am waitingggg Winking .Ok, lets check how to make this super easy,quick Tawa Veg pizza on stovetop with step by step pictures.
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February 9, 2016

Fresh Fruit Cream Recipe – Dessert Ideas For Party

Fruit cream recipe
Last Saturday I watched Chef Venkatesh Bhat’s sweet special episode in Samayal Samyal Programme,Vijay TV. Among the recipes he showed, this fresh fruit cream dessert attracted me very much.The recipe was so easy & simple. It looked so rich,creamy,colorful and appealing to eyes.I thought it would be the best recipe for Valentine’s day celebration and tried it for our Sunday lunch along with  Veg biryani.When i browsed for more details,I found most of the recipes call for Whipping cream and condensed milk. But whipping cream is not widely available in India.So i tried it with Amul fresh cream instead of whipped cream.Its result din’t disappoint me.It came out really fantastic & lip smackingPartyPeace Sign. We loved it very much.Usually I make fruit custard for my guests and birthday parties. After tasting this fruit cream dessert,i felt this would be even more special to try for guests and party celebrations.Friends,if you are looking for an yummy dessert recipe to impress your husband on this Valentine’s day,Do try itLove StruckI am sure your will be showered with praisesHappy.But one thing i should warn you here,this is a high calories dessert.So work out more :) Ok,Lets see how to make fruit cream at home with simple steps.
Please check this link on homemade whipping cream ideas !

Fresh Fruit cream recipe

Fruit cream recipe

Fruit cream recipe Fruit cream recipe using Amul fresh cream,fruits and nuts
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

  • Amul fresh cream - 200 ml  ( U can use whipping cream too)
  • Fruits - 1/2 cup ( I used 1/2 apple, 4 strawberries, some tutti frutti)
  • Nuts - 2 tbsp of chopped cashewnuts
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Powdered sugar or icing sugar – 1/3 cup ( add 1/4 cup and increase based on ur taste)

  • Take the Amul fresh cream from the refrigerator.DO NOT SHAKE IT. Take the thick cream in a wide bowl leaving the water content.Make sure there is no water in the cream because thin cream may take more time to become thick and stiff.
fruit cream recipe
  • Now take an electric beater and beat the thick cream in low speed for 1 minute.Now increase the speed and beat it until the cream becomes stiff and forms a soft peak. It takes 5 to 7 minutes approx ( Electric beater can do a better job than hand whisk.You can try in mixie but i am not sure how it turns out)
fruit cream recipe
  • Add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar or icing sugar,vanilla essence. Beat it again till sugar mixes well with the cream.Check for sweetness and add more sugar if needed.
fruit cream recipe
  • Keep the beaten cream in the freezer for 10 minutes. In the mean time,chop the fruits and nuts. Add it to the frozen cream and mix well.Serve immediately ! Enjoy ! This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated.So you can make it for parties well in advance. Fruits releases water. So mix well before use.
fruit cream recipe
fruit cream recipe

  • You can use fruits like Pomegranate, chopped Kiwi and even banana if you like.
  • You can also add saffron threads.
  • Use whipping cream instead of fresh cream if you have in hand.
  • This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated.So you can make it for parties well in advance .

Try this easy,quick and rich dessert recipe for parties and other special occasions.Enjoy !!
Fruit cream dessert recipe
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January 6, 2015

Veg Burger Recipe-Mc Donald’s Style Burger Patty Recipe

Veg burger recipe

Don’t u get tempted to try if u come across a recipe titled “Mc Donald’s style Veg Burger Recipe” ??Batting Eyelashes I know many of your answers would be YESHappy.Yeah,i too tried Veg burger for the first time in my kitchen after getting very much tempted by watching this video.In that video,he had shared the recipe of Mc Donald’s style McVeggie burger patty recipe with easily available ingredients in all our pantries and moreover it was Eggless!.I just made few changes in the ingredients & method as per my convenience.I replaced corn meal with powdered corn flakes just like my KFC style Veg Strips and i used crushed garlic instead of garlic powder.The result was awesome!!The Patty was super crispy outside and soft inside.I also tried grilling in my convection oven instead of deep frying and it came out pretty well.You can also opt for shallow frying if you are calorie conscious.What ever be the method of cooking,patties taste great.This recipe is really a keeper and i am planning to make it for my daughter’s birthday party too.Sendhil loved it a lot and i guess he won’t take me to Mc Donald’s anymore as i started making it at home regularly Winking.Very soon,i will share my daughter’s most favourite KFC Potato krisper/Aloo burger recipe which would be more of our Indian style.Friends,do try this easy burger recipe using store bought burger buns and mayonnaise & let me know how it turned out for you Happy.Procedure may seem a bit lengthy as i made bread crumbs & corn meal on my own.If u have them readymade in hand,making this burger would be really easy !!

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January 4, 2015

Dindigul Thalappakatti Veg Biryani-Mushroom,Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe--Sunday Lunch Recipe-1


In this New year,with all your support and blessings,i have planned to start biryani series from this week.I guess most of u make ( Both vegetarian & Non-vegetarian) make biryani in weekend especially on Sunday.Even i too make biryani mostly on Sundays,make myself free and enjoy my time with my family.To me,Biryani is an easy to make yet very rich & delicious one pot meal that make everyone drool over its smell & color.I keep trying varieties of biryani recipes by watching TV shows,by referring blogs or cookbooks.I thought of blogging the same here as it might be useful to people who look for varieties of biriyani recipes.So every Sunday,you can expect some yummy biryani & pulao recipes in my blog.Actually i wanted to start this series with “How to cook Basmati rice” post.But i still have some work pending to bring that post here.As i am in Salem,i  couldn’t do it.So i thought of starting this series with this popular biryani recipe in which i used jeera rice.Generally vegetarians have less options for biryani varieties.So i used to refer non-veg biryani recipe too & try it  by replacing chicken or mutton with vegetables like mushroom,Gobi/cauliflower and soya chunks.You can find one such example here. Even today,i have shared Dindigul thalapakatti biryani which is the most popular mutton biryani of Dindigul district.For this recipe,I referred so many sites and read readers comments to get some idea about its color,the rice used in it etc.Finally I landed upon here & tried this biryani by making small changes in the actual recipe to achieve its brown color.I used mushroom & soya chunks/meal maker in place of mutton ;).The taste was awesome. It came out super flavourful with minimum masala.Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot.Raksha told me to make the same biryani next day too for her lunch box .So i made a minimum quantity for her using rice cooker.Now i can confidently try this biryani for my guests too.I served this biryani with simple onion raita as a side dish.I made fruit custard for dessert & curd rice as well.So last week we had this biryani,raita, fruit custard and curd rice for our lunch.It was simple yet divine ! I have updated this recipe with a full video. Do watch it !
I will try my level best to collect the best biryani recipes, try them in my kitchen and share it here.Wish me Good Luck Happy.Leave your feedback or share the picture if u try any biryani recipes from this series.It will motivate me to try n post more.Check out my other biryani & pulao recipes that are popular in my blogCool

I have updated this recipe with a video. Please check it !

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July 10, 2014



Easy Homemade Chocolate recipe with just 3 ingredients - Cocoa powder, coconut oil and honey ! U may wonder by seeing this title .I too felt the same when i saw this super easy recipe here Surprised smile.U won’t believe if i say i had been attempting to make a perfect homemade chocolate recipe for the past 3-4 months in different combinations using stove top as well as microwave methodsWinking smile.Yes,its all for some of my reader’s request & to make my dream post come true.And Yay,my dream came true finally !Party smile.Actually I was trying to make basic homemade chocolate using one string sugar syrup.But i felt the taste was more like a chocolate burfi Smile with tongue out.So I worked on it by changing the ratio of ingredients to make it a real chocolate and posted the recipe HERE !
Coming to this post,this chocolate recipe needs only 3 ingredients which are readily available in all our pantries and the highlight is its completely dairy free,vegan,no sugar,no sieving,no boiling and no microwaving too.Just mix,pour,freeze and viola!!Your chocolate is ready.Cool right??Be right back. Its a great recipe for beginners & even ur kids can make it.I won’t say it tastes like Dairy milk .It tasted similar to dark chocolate with slight bitterness & coconut-ty flavor.Please don’t try this recipe if u don’t like coconut oil flavour.There are very less chances for this recipe to go wrong.Don’t worry if u don’t have chocolate moulds.U can use mini muffin pans or some trays lined with parchment paper.I bought these moulds from Nilgiris,Jayanagar.
Keep this recipe as a base,run ur imaginations and come up with different flavours on ur own.I added few chopped nuts in some pieces & it was good to have the crunchy taste while eating.But remember this chocolate will melt & becomes soft soon after u remove from the freezer.So consume it immediately.It tastes great even if it melts,just go on & lick the melting chocolate Nyah-Nyah. Friends, just rush into ur kitchen and make these cuties.Surprise ur kids & sweetheart while they come back home in the evening Party smile.All u need is just 1 hour freezing time.All the best !! Thumbs up
For beginners,I have shared all possible tips for troubleshooting in my NOTES section.Do peep into it before u start doing.Ok,Lets see how to make perfect chocolates at home easily Smile.

If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK 

Homemade chocolate recipe

Easy homemade chocolate recipe

Easy homemade chocolate recipe Easy homemade chocolate recipe with just 3 ingredients ! - Just mix,pour n freeze !!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chocolate
Serves: 10 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 60 Minutes
Total time: 65 Minutes

If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK !


  • Coconut oil - 1/4 cup ( in liquid form at room temp)
  • Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
  • Honey or maple syrup - 2- 3 tbsp
  • Salt - a dash
  • **Peanut butter – 1 tsp (to suppress coconut oil flavor,optional)

  • Keep all the ingredients ready.Coconut oil should be in liquid form.not frozen.In a bowl,mix all the 3 ingredients adding a dash of salt.Mix well with a whisk.Make sure there are no lumps.Mix it well for a minute.( u can add a tsp of peanut butter to suppress the smell of coconut oil,i din’t do this step)
How to make chocolates at home step1
  • The mixture would be runny while u pour into the moulds.That’s just right.It should not be thick.
  • Pour into chocolate mould or a small muffin liner lined with parchment paper.No need to line if u use chocolate mould.U can use wider bowls too but it takes longer time to set.
How to make chocolates at home step2
  • Cover the mould or bowl with a cling wrap or polythene sheet.It helps to prevent ice formation on top of chocolate.Freeze it for an hour and Viola,Ur chocolate is ready.After an hour,remove the mould and gently tap it.Chocolates will come out easily !
How to make chocolates at home step3
Consume immediately because it may melt in ur hand !


  • Most important thing is coconut oil should be in melted form.If ur oil is frozen,heat it lightly,cool and bring it to room temperature.Then u can mix with other ingredients.If u don’t follow this step,this chocolate will become a super flop.
  • Also while mixing,there should not be any lumps at all.The mixture would be runny while u pour into the moulds.That’s just right.It should not be thick.
  • Adjust the quantity of honey as per ur taste buds.I used nearly 2.5 tbsp.Lick the mixture in between and check for taste Winking smile before u pour them in moulds.
  • These chocolates have slight coconut oil smell while eating.If u don’t like them,add 1 tsp of peanut butter when u try it next time.Do not add too much.But i don't think oil flavour would be suppressed ;).I think u can add some vanilla essence or chocolate essence to remove the smell.Hope it woks !
  • For variations,u can add chopped nuts in the bottom of mould and pour the chocolate mixture over it.
  • Please do not substitute coconut oil with butter or any other oil.It won’t work.
  • If u want to use other sweeteners,u can go for powder stevia ( i don’t think u get this in India)
  • I got around 10 small pieces using chocolate mould.If u use mini muffin pans,u may need to use one pan with 12 mini muffins.
  • I got one more recipe from the comments section.People in abroad can try this too ..Mix equal parts of coconut oil, raw cocoa, a little liquid chocolate stevia & mix it up.Pour them in mini muffin cups.U can sprinkle unsweetened coconut or add a teeny dollop of almond butter or chopped nuts.( Source : TONYA BALLEW in comments section)
  • I also tried adding melted butter and coconut oil in equal quantity to reduce coconut oil flavor.But it was stuck to the mould and it was difficult to remove.So i guess this recipe works the best with coconut oil.
  • If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK !

How to chocolate at home easily
Enjoy this 3 ingredient homemade chocolate with ur loved ones Red heart
Easy homemade chocolate recipe


Uma maheswari tried this recipe & shared this picture with me :)

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