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March 22, 2018

Indian Potluck Party Recipes Ideas - Vegetarian Potluck Recipes Menu

Indian potluck party recipes

Here is the list of Indian vegetarian potluck party recipes menu ideas comprising of South Indian and North Indian party snacks , main course, side dish recipes and dessert. Potluck is nothing but a gathering of friends where each guest contributes a different, unique, homemade dish or food to be shared among everyone. In simple words, a potluck party is a meal or party to which each of the guests brings or contributes their own food to share. Smaller, more informal get-together with distributed food preparation may also be called potlucks. Other names for a "potluck" include: potluck dinner, potluck lunch, spread, Jacob's join, Jacob's supper, faith supper, covered-dish-supper, dish party, bring-and-share, shared lunch, pitch-in, bring-a-plate, dish-to-pass, fuddle, and carry-in.(Source : Wikipedia). In India, it is also known as kitty party. Potluck lunch or potluck dinner is the most common one. The only traditional rule for potluck is that each dish should be large enough in quantity that has to be shared among a good portion with the guests. In some cases each participant agrees ahead of time to bring a single course, and the result is a multi-course meal. Guests may bring in any form of food, ranging from the main course to desserts. Nowadays people started to conduct potluck parties with themed lunch and dinners for special occasions and festivals.

People in abroad ( especially in US) conduct potluck parties almost every weekend. As my friend Shalini is in US, she used to share all the pictures of potluck and discuss the recipe menu with me. All the pictures and the recipe ideas given in this post are shared by my friend Shalini based on the various potluck parties conducted by her friends. Thank you so much dearie. As we had already shared Kids birthday party menu list, framing this potluck recipes menu ideas was not difficult for us. The list I have shared here comprises of the most popular dishes that is liked by all. I have also shared a list of 2 sample Potluck party menu for lunch and dinner at the end of this post with the most popular combinations to give you an idea. Hope this post will be helpful to you all. Friends, do share your potluck recipes in the comments section. It would be a great help for all.


I used to make potluck along with my school moms group friends when I was in Banashankari. Mostly it would be a lunch party from 1 pm to 3 pm before kids come from the school. It would be good and fun filled if the number of participants is more in potluck. Our group have 8 people. A week before the potluck, we used to frame the menu which includes starters, main course and dessert recipes. We write down the names of dishes and the person who is going to cook it. Mostly we all make the food at our home and conduct the party in one of the friend’s place. Some people used to buy it from outside especially sweets and snacks. The person who is hosting the party in their house doesn’t have to cook anything but they take the responsibility of buying use and throw plates, cups and spoons.  As soon as all the friends meet, we used to display the food in the dining table . Our first job is to click pictures to share in social media pages. Then we go for tasting the food. After we finish eating, we used to chitchat or play UNO, cards or some one minute games for the last 30 minutes to 1 hour. It would be full of laugh and fun. Then we disperse to school to bring our kids back home. This is how we conduct the potluck parties at least once in a month. On the whole day, it keeps us refreshing, energetic and make us forget all the family or work related stress in the mind. I would strongly suggest all the ladies to have a fun gathering like this at least once in a month.
Now, lets move on to the collection of Vegetarian Party Recipes list. Hope you like this and find it useful.


  • Plastic/ Disposable plates
  • Disposable cups for juice, water
  • Disposable bowls
  • Thermal food bags for carrying food
  • Bowls and Ladles for serving food
  • Tissue papers
  • Water bottles

Potluck recipes Indian vegetarian

  1. Gobi 65 / Gobi Fry
  2. Paneer 65
  3. Baby corn 65
  4. Gobi manchurian
  5. Baby corn manchurian
  6. Vegetable manchurian
  7. Paneer manchurian
  8. Medu vada/ Urad dal vada
  9. Masala Vada 
  10. Sabudana vada with peanut chutney
  11. Pepper Vada (Anjaneyar temple vada)
  12. Mixed Vegetable Vada
  13. Sweet corn vada
  14. Cabbage vada
  15. Thattuvadai set
  16. Pakoda (onion, cashew pakoda, Veg pakoda, pudina pakoda)
  17. Pani puri
  18. Onion rings
  19. Punjabi Samosa
  20. Vegetable cutlet
  21. Aloo tikki
  22. Vada pav
  23. Dahi Vada
  24. Samosa chat
  25. Canapes
  26. Potato Chips Or Nachos with salsa
  27. Veg spring rolls
  28. Veg Puffs
  29. Masala papad
  30. Honey chilli potato
  31. Paneer tikka with green chutney
  32. Dhokla OR  Khandvi
  33. Paneer pakora
  34. Mirchi bajji / Chilli bajji
  35. Stuffed Chilli Bajji (Andhra style)
  36. Onion Bajji / Pakora
  37. Potato bajji / Aloo Pakora
  38. Raw banana bajji
  39. Hara Bhara Kabab
  40. Potato wedges
  41. French fries
  42. Falafel with hummus
  43. Dabeli
  44. Kachori
  45. Kerala Pazham Pori
  1. Tomato soup
  2. Lemon coriander soup
  3. Carrot soup
  4. Dal soup
  5. Mushroom soup
  6. Veg clear soup
  7. Minestrone soup
  8. Sweet corn soup
  9. Mulligatawny
  10. Tomato basil soup
  1. Shikanji
  2. Jal jeera
  3. Thandai
  4. Aam panna
  5. Masala chaas
  6. Lemonade
  7. Lemon juice
  8. Mango juice / Homemade Frooti
  9. Fruit punch
  10. Orange juice
  11. Rose milk
  12. Lassi (mango lassi)
  13. Smoothie
  14. Soft drinks
  15. Masala coke
  16. Buttermilk (Seasoned buttermilk tastes better)
  1. Roti / chapathi
  2. Paratha varieties ( Aloo & Gobi is the most preferred ones)
  3. Kulcha ( Plain & stuffed Kulcha)
  4. Poori
  5. Idli
  6. Dosa (Masala dosa)
  7. Vada / Medu vada
  8. Ven Pongal & Sweet Pongal
  9. Rava kichadi & Masala rava kichadi
  10. Uthappam (Plain, Podi, Onion, Mixed Veg)
  11. Rava idli
  12. Idiyappam / rice sevai
  13. Semiya biryani / Pulao
  14. Kuzhi paniyaram
  15. White sauce pasta
  16. Veg noodles
  17. Pav bhaji
  18. Vada pav
  19. Thayir vada
  20. Sambar vada
  21. Sambar idli
  22. Idli fry
  23. Mini dosa recipes
  1. Sambar Varieties For Idli, Dosa
  2. Chutney Varieties
  3. Idli Podi
  4. Gravies & Kurma ( chana masala, saag, Paneer, Aloo, ,mixed veg, palak, dal makhani , dal tadka, veg kofta, methi malai, matar paneer, aloo gobi)
  5. Raita (Onion, cucumber, boondi, carrot raita, mixed veg, masala)
  6. Sambar For Rice
  7. Kuzhambu Varieties ( Vathakuzhambu, Kara kuzhambu)
  8. Rasam Varieties
  9. Kootu Recipes
  10. Poriyal recipes ( Potato, cauliflower poriyal works great)
  11. Vadam, Vathal
  1. Puliyogare / Tamarind rice
  2. Tomato rice
  3. Veg biryani varieties
  4. Lemon rice
  5. Veg pulao
  6. Hotel Veg Pulao
  7. Jeera rice
  8. Paneer pulao / biryani
  9. Mint pulao
  10. Karnataka Bisibelebath
  11. Tamilnadu sambar sadam
  12. Vegetable Fried rice
  13. Coconut rice
  14. Plain rice, sambar, rasam, Kara kuzhambu  any dry curry ( potato curry, mixed veg curry, bhindi fry (North Indian), cauliflower curry )
  15. Curd rice, pickle
  1. Kesaribath
  2. Rice kheer
  3. Sweet pongal
  4. Gulab jamun
  5. Carrot halwa
  6. Rava ladoo
  7. Rasagulla
  8. Rasmalai
  9. Moong dal halwa
  10. Easy Atta halwa
  11. Semiya payasam
  12. Ice creams
  13. Sabudana kheer
  14. Fresh fruit cream
  15. Fruit Custard
  16. Badam kheer
  17. Carrot kheer
  18. Kaju katli
  19. Cakes and muffins 
  20. Paal Kozhukattai
  21. Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai 
  22. Rava Ladoo 
  23. Besan laddu
  24. Moong dal ladoo
  25. Beetroot Halwa

Freshly cut onion, cucumber, tomato, carrot
Fruits salad


Tea / chai
Water Bottles


  • Any Fruit juice
  • Masala vada / Gobi 65 / Medhu vada
  • Rava kesari / Kesaribath Or Sweet pongal
  • Bisibelebath & chips
  • Vegetable pulao or biryani with raita
  • Roti with mixed vegetable kurma or Paneer butter masala
  • Plain rice, Sambar , Rasam,  potato curry OR cauliflower curry
  • Gulab Jamun with icecream
  • Payasam/ Kheer ( Vermicelli or rice)
  • Sliced vegetables & fruits for salad.

  • Tomato soup or sweet corn soup
  • Gobi manchurian 
  • Vegetable spring rolls or samosa
  • Roti/ Naan/ Kulcha/ Rumali roti
  • Paneer butter masala / Dal makhani/ Mixed vegetable gravy
  • Vegetable Dum Biryani with raita
  • Vegetable noodles with sauce
  • Plain rice, dal tadka
  • Sambar or rasam
  • Papad or chips
  • Carrot halwa with icecream or fruits custard
  • Mixed fruits salad 

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January 1, 2018

12 Kesari Varieties – Different Types Of Rava Kesari Recipes - Indian Halwa Recipes

Kesari varieties
Collection of 12 Rava Kesari varieties / different types of rava kesari / Sheera Recipes.In this new year 2018, I wanted to start with a sweet post. So here I made a collection of different types of rava kesari recipes from my website. Kesari is basically an Indian sweet dish prepared with semolina, sugar and ghee. People in South India and North India call this yummy dessert recipe in different names like rava kesari, Kesaribath, Sheera, Halwa etc. We love to make Rava Kesari / Ksheera at home for all the festivals and occasions. Even today I made kesari bath for new year celebration. Kesari is basically a beginners sweet. Its so easy to make and takes less time to prepare. Even though its considered as a beginners sweet, many of us doesn’t get it right in texture. Sometimes it becomes hard, chewy, dry or with lumps. To prepare hotel style, soft and ghee dripping kesari must be the dream of many. Me too not an exception. When I was a beginner, I struggled a lot to make perfect kesari.  So my MIL taught me some useful tips about the ratio of water and rava, perfect cooking of rava/semolina without lumps and much more. From then, I started to make good kesari every time and I got the confidence to explore different types of rava kesari recipes like milk kesari/ Paal kesari, pineapple kesari, mango kesari, Karnataka style kesaribath, microwave rava kesari, other kesari recipes like Vermicelli kesari, Aval kesari/Poha kesari and some North Indian Sheera recipes like suji ka halwa/ suji sheera, Atta ka sheera and Moong dal dal sheera. I am yet to try banana sheera and fruit kesari recipes. I will add them in this list once I do that. Now lets see the collection of 10 Kesari recipes from Chitra’s Food Book in this New Year 2018 as my first post .

I thank all my readers and followers of my website for your unconditional love and support. I am really blessed to have you all. Hoping to get more and more support, encouragement and love from you in this new year as well. Ok, lets move on to the post !

Kesari Varieties - South Indian, North Indian Sheera Recipes

Kesari varieties 12 Kesari Varieties – Different types of South Indian & North Indian Sheera Recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kesari Recipes
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes
Rava kesari recipe
Karnataka Kesaribath recipe

 Chiroti rava kesari bath

Microwave Rava Kesari
Paal Kesari
Pineapple sheera
Mango sheera recipe
Semiya kesari
Aval kesari
Sooji sheera
Moong dal halwa

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    November 5, 2017

    20 Side Dish For Poori – Indian Vegetarian Side Dish For Puri Recipes

    Side dish for poori recipes / Indian vegetarian side dish for puri.This post is a collection of 20 South Indian and North Indian Side dish recipes for poori with potato, without potato, tomato based side dish recipes and few more with Besan,  peas, chana, mixed vegetables, paneer gravies and curry. Most of them are easy to make as its done in pressure cooker and many gravies can be prepared without any grinding job.So bachelors can also try them. I have also shared some hotel style/restaurant style potato curry recipes too. Poori / Puri is one of the most popular Indian breakfast recipes.  It is loved by all irrespective of the age. The most common side dish for poori is potato masala. Kids love to have it with sugar, ketchup, jam, potato and paneer gravy. Apart from potato curry, many other gravies can also be prepared. Recently I made a list of 10 different types of poori recipes from my website. So I thought of making this list of side dish recipes that my readers would find it helpful.

    Side dish for poori

    In this list, you can find Tamil nadu hotel style potato masala, Onion masala without potato, Chana kurma, Potato kurma, Veg kurma, Green Peas kurma, Karnataka style Veg sagu and avarekalu sagu, North Indian restaurant style potato bhaji/ aloo subzi, Chole masala, onion tomato sabzi, dahi aloo, easy chana masala using pressure cooker, Bombay chutney, Paneer butter masala, Paneer korma, Kadai paneer and aamras recipes. You can also find video recipes for some of the kurma recipes. I am yet to try Andhra and Kerala style potato curry recipes. I will update this list as soon as I post them. Ok, now lets see 20 different types of side dish for poori with links. Please click on the image or the title to view the particular recipe.

    Do check out my 10 types of poori recipes !

    Side dish For Poori/ Puri Recipes - South Indian, North Indian Vegetarian Side dish For puri

    Side dish for Poori recipes Side dish for Poori / Puri - North Indian & South Indian Side Dish Recipes !
    Cuisine: Indian
    Category: Side dish for poori
    Serves: Serves 3-4
    Prep time: 20 Minutes
    Cook time: 15 Minutes
    Total time: 35 Minutes

    Potato masala for poori
    Poori masala without potato
    Hotel Vegetable kurma

    Chole recipe for bhatura
    Chana masala
    Tomato sabzi
    Potato kurma
    Vegetable sagu
    Avarekalu sagu

    Peas kurma
    Cauliflower kurma
    Bombay chutney
    Dahi aloo
    Tomato onion thokku
    Paneer kurma
    Paneer butter masala
    Kadai paneer

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    October 9, 2017

    15 Murukku Recipes – Murukku Varieties - South Indian Murukku Recipes

    Diwali is fast approaching. Murukku recipes is a must & should snack for South Indians during diwali. So I have made a collection of 15 Indian murukku varieties for easy reference. Murukku / Chakli  is a crunchy, deep fried Indian snack made with rice flour and urad dal flour. Most of the Tamil people used to grind murukku maavu during Diwali to make thenkuzhal and mullu murukku as these two are the most common types. In this list, I have shared different types of murukku recipes that includes our traditional thenkuzhal murukku, mullu mururkku @ magizhampoo with coconut milk, Instant chakli / Instant murukku recipe with besan flour (Karnataka style), Some flavored murkku recipes like Butter murukku, Garlic murukku, Potato murukku, Lemon murukku , Ragi chakli , Karnataka style kodubale etc. Tirunelveli Manoharam and Achu murrukku / Kerala achappam known as rose cookies that is commonly made during Christmas are some of the sweet murukku varieties. Apart from them, I have shared an interesting sweet murukku podi recipe especially for kids and toothless elders which my mom used to make with leftover mullu murukku or thenkuzhal when I was young.
    I am yet to try some more murukku recipes like pottukadalai murukku, wheat flour murukku and thengai paal murukku. I will try to share some of them before Diwali and include them in this list.
    Lets see the list of 15 different types of South Indian murukku recipes. Please click on the pictures to see the respective recipes. All these recipes are with step by step pictures and some recipes have video as well. Do try any of these murukku varieties based on your liking and share your feedback with me.

    Corn flour murukku

    Curd Kodubale

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