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February 14, 2023

Bakery Style Veg Cutlet Recipe | How to make Vegetable cutlet at home


Looking for a quick and easy recipe for a healthy snack or party appetizer? Try making this delicious and flavourful vegetable cutlets, either traditional Indian-style with aloo or mixed veggies or vegan-friendly, baked to perfection and sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike as an evening snack or as a nod to Indian street food.

Yes, Cutlet is one of the most favourite evening snacks for many especially school going kids. Its the most popular birthday party snack too. Samosa or cutlet would be in the birthday party menu for sure. People make cutlet in different ways like plain aloo cutlet, mix veg cutlet with or without beetroot. I have tasted veg cutlet in many hotels and chat shops with beetroot. The colour and taste of beetroot would be dominating which we don’t like it. But bakery style veg cutlet without beetroot is always special to me.

Recently I saw the making of these yummy mixed veg cutlet n a bakery shop nearby my house. Procedure was so simple and quick to make. After watching that, I was searching for a similar recipe in YouTube and found one in Ravinder's home cooking channel. I got so tempted and made it as a weekend snack for Raksha. I deep fried few for Raksha and shallow fried the remaining in a dosa tawa for us. Though both tasted great, my vote is for the deep fried ones which was exactly like the street side shop cutlets.

Friends, do try this easy and yummy mix vegetable cutlet at home and enjoy with your kids and family. With tomato ketchup as side dish, this cutlet will never fail to attract everyone in the family. Lets check out the recipe. 

 Veg cutlet

Vegetable cutlet recipe | Crispy Veg cutlet recipe

Vegetable cutlet recipe | Crispy Veg cutlet recipe

How to make crispy, vegetable cutlet at home

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Boiled Potatoes - 2
  • Boiled Carrot - 1
  • Chopped capsicum - 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Green chilli - 1 ( finely chopped)
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Broken cashews - 10
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Roasted Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chat masala OR Aamchoor powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato sauce – 1 tsp
  • Salt - As needed
  • Bread crumbs - 3/4 cup + 1 cup
  • Corn flour or Maida – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Cooking oil - to fry
  1. Wash and pressure cook potato, carrot and green peas.
  2. Peel the skin of potato and take in a bowl. Add boiled carrot, green peas.
  3. Add the spice powders, chopped onion, green chilli, coriander leaves, gg paste, tomato sauce, cashews and salt.
  4. Mash everything well and add 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and 2 tbsp of rice flour or powdered poha.
  5. Mix well to make a non-sticky dough.  Make a paste with Maida and keep the bread crumbs ready.
  6. Take the dough and make shapes. Dip into the Maida paste and bread crumbs.
  7. Arrange in a plate. Heat a dosa tawa with oil to shallow fry. Place the cutlet and cook both the sides.
  8. For deep frying, heat oil in a kadai and fry the cutlets on both the sides till golden. Remove in a tissue and serve with tomato ketchup.
  • Wash and pressure cook potato, carrot and green peas. Peel the skin of potato and take in a bowl.

  • Add boiled carrot, boiled green peas to the potato. Add spice powders, chopped onion, green chilli, coriander leaves, ginger garlic paste, cashews, tomato sauce and salt.
  • Vegetable cutlet recipe
  • Mash everything well and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of bread crumbs, 2 tbsp rice flour to make a non-sticky dough.Vegetable cutlet recipe

  • Make Maida paste adding some water and keep in a bowl. Keep the bread crumbs ready in another bowl.
  • Vegetable cutlet recipe
  • Take the cutlet dough. Make round, heart or oblong shapes. Arrange in a plate. Dip in Maida paste and then in bread crumbs. Arrange in a plate.
  • Vegetable cutlet recipe 
  • To shallow fry the cutlet, heat a dosa pan with oil. Place 3 or 4 cutlets and cook them in medium flame till it turns golden brown. Flip and cook the other side too. Try to hold the cutlet with a tong and cook the corners. Remove in a plate.
  • Vegetable cutlet recipe
  • To deep fry the cutlet, heat oil in a kadai to immerse the cutlet. Place one cutlet and cook in medium flame till it turns golden in one side. Flip and cook the other side as well. Cutlet looks crispy and golden in color after its cooked well. Remove in a tissue and serve hot with tomato sauce or ketchup. I personally felt, deep fried ones are better and loved by kids.

  • For calorie conscious people, you can go for shallow fried or Air fried cutlets. This cutlet stays good for one day.


  • If you want to make it for parties in advance, you can make the cutlet masala, roll and shape it. Dip in Maida paste and bread crumbs.  Keep it in a covered tray or in a Ziplock bag and place in a refrigerator. Before frying, dip in bread crumbs again and fry it.
  • Adjust the quantity of masala powders as per your taste.

Try this easy, Veg cutlet and enjoy at home.

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September 6, 2020

Semiya Javvarisi Payasam–Sago Vermicelli Kheer Recipe

semiya javvarisi payasam
My aachi and mom makes semiya javvarisi payasam / sago vermicelli kheer adding nylon javvarisi very often. It can be prepared instantly without soaking and it cooks quickly too. She makes this yummy Indian dessert recipe for all the celebrations, occasions, festivals at home and specially for guests. I have never seen them making semiya payasam without javvarisi. My mom says addition of sago in semiya payasam helps to give more yield and also gives an appealing look to see the transparent tapioca pearls swimming with vermicelli in milk. You would have seen this kind of watery payasam in marraige feast and hotels. They serve in a small cup in drinkable consistency. In my house, both aachi and amma use nylon javvarisi (crystal, small sago) which is commonly found in Tamilnadu. But I have never tried kheer in this combination as I don’t get nylon javvarisi here. I can get white, big, pepper sized sago which we call as maavu javvarisi in Tamil. I thought javvarisi semiya payasam can be prepared only with small sized javvarisi.

Recently when I was talking to my mom and MIL, they told me to try semiya javvarisi payasam using this white sago itself. They told me the method and measurements clearly along with some tips. So I prepared it yesterday for my Thursday Guru pooja. Usually I make white, big sago payasam by soaking it at least for 4 to 8 hours or overnight. But yesterday I prepared this payasam by soaking the sago in hot water for just 15 minutes. It came out so well. I was so happy with the end result. Soon I will try to share this payasam recipe in a pressure cooker easily. For variations, you can use condensed milk / milkmaid instead of sugar.

Friends, now you too can make this yummy semiya javvarisi payasam irrespective of the sago variety by following this recipe with step by step pictures. I have also taken a video but iam yet to edit it. I will try to add the video soon.
Sago vermicelli kheer

Semiya javvarisi payasam

Semiya javvarisi payasam

Semiya javvarisi payasam / sago vermicelli kheer in Tamilnadu style.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Semiya / Vermicelli – 1/2 cup (roasted)
  • Javvarisi / Sago – 1/4 cup (big ones or nylon)
  • Hot water – to soak javvarisi
  • Water – 2 to 2.5 cups ( to cook javvarisi and semiya)
  • Boiled Milk at room temperature – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom -3 (crushed)
  • Cashew nuts - 5 (whole)
  • Dry grapes - 10
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  1. Wash and soak javvarisi in hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai.
  3. Roast cashew nuts and dry grapes till golden. Remove in a plate.
  4. Roast semiya for 2 minutes. Remove in a plate.
  5. Roll Boil 2 cups of water in a vessel. Add the soaked javvarisi.
  6. Cook in medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes till its semi transparent.
  7. Add the roasted semiya and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Both semiya and javvarisi will be well cooked, soft and transparent.
  9. Add sugar, cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Mix well and boil till sugar melts.
  10. Switch off the flame once payasam becomes thick.
  11. Add boiled milk at room temperature to the hot payasam. Add half the quantity of milk for thick payasam.
  12. Mix well and serve!
  • Take a bowl and add the sago (I used white ones). Add hot water till 1 inch above the sago. Soak it for 15 minutes.

    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe

  • In the mean time, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai. Roast cashews till light golden in color. Add the dry grapes and roast till bulgy. Remove cashews and dry grapes in a plate. Set aside. 
  • Add semiya / vermicelli to the remaining ghee. Roast for 2 minutes. If you use unroasted semiya, roast till it turns light golden in color. It takes 5 to 7 minutes in low flame. I used roasted semiya. So I did it for 2 minutes.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Take 2 cups of water in a pan. Let it roll boil. Add the soaked sago pearls. Mix well. Let it cook in low to medium flame for 10 minutes. You can cover and cook it. Stay nearby and keep an eye on it. Stir it twice in the middle to avoid sticking to the bottom of pan. Cook till it becomes semi transparent. You should see less white parts in sago.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Once the sago is 3/4th cooked, add 1/2 cup more water and add the roasted vermicelli. Cover and cook till its done. It takes another 10 minutes in low to medium flame.
    semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • After the semiya and javvarisi are well cooked, add sugar and crushed cardamom. Mix and boil till sugar melts. Payasam becomes thick. Now switch off the flame. semiya javvarisi payasam recipe
  • Add boiled milk at room temperature to the hot payasam. Add milk according to the consistency you like. Do not boil the payasam after adding milk. It may give a curdled look. For thick, spoonable payasam add 1 cup milk. For thin, drinkable payasam, add 2 cups milk. Lastly add the roasted nuts. Mix well and set aside.semiya javvarisi payasam recipe

  • This payasam will remain in the same consistency for few hours. It won't become thick as we are adding milk at room temperature. It will thicken if you add hot milk or less milk. I made in a drinkable consistency like the ones served in marriages and hotels. You can enjoy drinking hot or refrigerate and serve cold as per your wish.  Enjoy !


  • For less sweetness, add 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Do not add more javvarisi than the mentioned quantity because adding more sago gives a porridge look to the payasam I feel.
  • While cooking javvarisi, stay nearby and keep checking it else javvarisi dissolves in water.
  • If you are using nylon variety sago, you have to dry roast it till puffy and white. Then cook it along with semiya because it takes lesser time to cook than the white, big sago.
  • Do not roll boil the payasam after adding milk. If you want to heat it, do in very low flame.
  • For variations, you can add a tbsp of badam milk powder at the end. 
Try this easy, yummy semiya javvarisi payasam and enjoy !
Semiya javvarisi payasam

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July 3, 2019

Carrot Kheer In Pressure Cooker - Carrot Payasam Recipe – Gajar Kheer

carrot payasam
Carrot kheer is our family favorite Indian dessert recipe. We call it as carrot payasam in Tamil. Sendhil likes to eat carrots either raw or in the form of halwa, kheer more than kootu, poriyal. So I try to make this Indian style dessert at least once in a month for my Thursday Guru pooja or Friday Lakshmi pooja neivedyam. Usually I make carrot kheer by grating the carrot, saute in ghee and cook in milk. Mostly I make it in a kadai and its time consuming too. 

Recently I came across this carrot kheer recipe in a pressure cooker in a YouTube video and tried it for Thursday Guru pooja prasad. It came out very well and finger licking good. We loved it. Its easy and quick to prepare too. All you need is just to pressure cook sliced carrots, grind to a puree. Add sugar, milk and cardamom powder. Boil for few minutes and serve. The entire work gets over under 15 minutes. I made this kheer in a simple way without using condensed milk. 

For variations, you can use condensed milk in place of sugar. It tastes more rich and creamy. This carrot kheer is a crowd pleaser and party friendly recipe. It can be served both warm and cold. I am sure everyone will love it. Friends, do try this easy carrot kheer recipe in a pressure cooker and share your feedback with me. Please check the video below.

Check out my carrot kheer recipe in another method.

carrot kheer

Carrot kheer recipe - Gajar ka kheer recipe

Carrot kheer recipe - Gajar ka kheer recipe

Carrot kheer recipe in a pressure cooker

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Carrot / Gajar - 3
  • Boiled milk - 1/2 liter
  • Sugar - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5 + 5 for roasting
  • Badam/ almonds – 5
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Water - if required
  • Saffron threads - to garnish
  1. Wash and peel the carrot. Cut into roundels.
  2. Pressure cook the carrot adding water, cashews and almonds in low flame for one whistle.
  3. Grind the carrot and nuts to smooth paste. Add to cooker.
  4. Add milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Boil for few minutes.
  5. Garnish with saffron threads. Roast chopped cashews in ghee and add to carrot kheer.
  6. Serve warm or hot. Enjoy !
  • Wash and peel the carrot. Trim the top and bottom part. Cut into roundels.
  • carrot  kheer in pressure cooker
  • Take the chopped carrot in a pressure cooker. Add 1 cup of water, 5 cashewnuts and 5 almonds. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after the steam is released.
  • carrot  kheer in pressure cooker
  • Grind to a smooth batter after carrot cools down. Take the pureed carrot in the pressure cooker or a kadai. Add 1.5 to 2 cups of milk, required sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well and boil till sugar dissolves completely.
  • carrot  kheer in pressure cooker
  • In the mean time, heat a small kadai. Roast chopped cashewnuts till golden brown. Add to the carrot kheer and switch off the flame. Garnish with saffron threads. You can serve it warm or chilled by refrigerating it for few hours.
  • carrot  kheer in pressure cooker carrot kheer in pressure cooker

      • Enjoy this yummy carrot kheer. Its a crowd pleaser. You can make it for parties or get together. It stays good for 2 days in refrigerator. So you can make it in advance and serve chilled. Tastes creamy and delicious.


      • You can adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.
      • Quantity of milk can also be reduced or increased based on the thickness you need. I made it slightly watery.
      • This kheer thickens as it cools down. So you can add more water or boiled milk and bring to serving consistency.

      Try this easy, yummy carrot kheer and enjoy !
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      March 27, 2018

      Potato Nuggets Recipe – Crispy Potato Cheese Balls Recipe

      Potato nuggets recipe
      Potato nuggets / Potato cheese balls is an easy, yummy, kids friendly snack/starter recipe. Most of you would have tried Mccain potato nuggets at home for kids birthday parties and small gatherings. But I haven’t tried store bought ones. For the first time, I prepared these potato nuggets recipe for Raksha’s birthday party after watching a YouTube video. All the kids loved it very much with tomato sauce. This deep fried snack became a super hit among everyone. Its a good crowd pleaser. 

      Recently I bought Panko bread crumbs from Metro, Electronic city. It helped to make these nuggets super crunchy and stayed crispy for an hour. Boiled and mashed potato, cheese, bread crumbs and Italian spices are the major ingredients used in this recipe. You can also make it without cheese and go for baked version if you are calorie conscious.  

      Friends, do try this yummy potato cheese balls for your kids as evening snack during this summer vacation. They will love it for sure. Ok, lets see how to make Potato nuggets with step by step pictures.

      Check out my corn cheese balls recipe similar to this.

      Potato cheese balls

      Potato nuggets recipe / Potato cheese balls

      Potato nuggets recipe / Potato cheee balls How to make potato nuggets recipe with cheese
      Cuisine: Indian
      Category: Snacks
      Serves: 14 nos
      Prep time: 5 Minutes
      Cook time: 15 Minutes
      Total time: 20 Minutes

      1 cup = 240ml
      • Potato - 2 nos (Big sized)
      • Corn flour - 2 tbsp
      • Grated cheese - 2 tbsp ( I used Cheddar cheese)
      • Bread crumbs - 1/4 cup
      • Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp
      • Italian herbs - 1 tsp ( I used oregano,spice mix)
      • Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
      • Salt – as needed
      • Corn flour + Water – 2 tbsp + 1/4 cup to make paste.
      • Bread crumbs – 1 cup (to coat the nuggets)
      • Cooking oil – to deep fry the nuggets
      1. Wash and pressure cook potato in low flame for 2 whistles. Peel the skin, mash and set aside.
      2. In a bowl, take the mashed potato, grated chees, bread crumbs, corn flour, oregano mix, chilli flakes and salt.
      3. Mix well to make a dough without adding water. Cover and let the dough rest for 1 hour in refrigerator.
      4. Take the dough and make shapes. Coat in corn flour paste and bread crumbs. Arrange in a plate.
      5. Cover and let it chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
      6. Deep fry in oil under medium flame till it turns golden in color. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
      • Wash and pressure cook potato adding required water. Cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Remove and peel the skin of cooked potato. Mash it well and set aside.
        Potato cheese balls
      • In a wide bowl, take the mashed potato, corn flour. bread crumbs, grated cheese ( Pizza cheese or Cheddar can be used), oregano mix, chilli flakes and salt.  Add garam masala powder if using. Mix well and make dough without adding water.
        Potato cheese balls
      • Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate for one hour. Take small balls and roll into cylinders as shown in the figure below.
        Potato cheese balls
      • In a small bowl, mix corn flour + water to make a paste. Take bread crumbs in a wide plate. Dip the prepared cylinder shaped nuggets into the corn flour paste and then roll in bread crumbs to coat well. Arrange all the nuggets in a plate.
        Potato nuggets recipe
      • Cover and Let it rest for 30 minutes in a refrigerator.  Heat oil in a kadai to deep fry.
      • Drop a pinch of dough to check the oil temperature. If it rises to the top immediately, oil temperature is right. Now lower the flame to medium. Drop 3 to 4 nuggets in each batch. Cook patiently in low to medium flame till it turns golden.  Flip it whenever needed. Do not keep the flame high because the outer layer browns faster and cheese starts to ooze out from the balls. Remove when it turns golden in all the sides. Drain the excess oil in a tissue paper.
        Potato nuggets recipe
        Serve with tomato ketchup. Enjoy !


      • Panko bread crumbs helps to retain the crispness for long time. But you can use homemade bread crumbs too by grinding 4 to 6 bread slices in mixie.
      • You can also double coat the corn flour paste and bread crumbs as I did for my corn cheese balls recipe.
      • Adjust the quantity of chilli flakes and oregano as per your taste.
      • Addition of garam masala is optional and not mentioned in original recipe. I used it.
      • You can make this nuggets ahead and freeze till use. For this, roll the nuggets in bread crumbs and refrigerate it till you deep fry it.
      • I used Cheddar cheese in this recipe. You can use any processed cheese, mozarella, Parmesan etc.
      Try this easy, yummy potato nuggets for your kids. They will love it !
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      March 22, 2018

      Indian Potluck Party Recipes Ideas - Vegetarian Potluck Lunch, Dinner Recipes Menu

      Indian potluck party recipes

      Here is the list of Indian vegetarian potluck party lunch and dinner 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 my rented house. 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. Lemon juice
      7. Mango juice / Homemade Frooti
      8. Fruit punch
      9. Orange juice
      10. Rose milk
      11. Lassi (mango lassi)
      12. Smoothie
      13. Soft drinks
      14. Masala coke
      15. Buttermilk (Seasoned buttermilk tastes better)
      16. Pinacolada
      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 and Sweet Pongal
      9. Rava kichadi OR 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 ( Refer Sambar recipe)
      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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      September 7, 2017

      Birthday Party Recipes Menu Ideas – Indian Party Food Items List

      Indian Birthday party menu 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.
      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 extent. 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 years. 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. 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.

      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.

      Also check out my Indian potluck party recipes menu if interested.

      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.
      • 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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