Whether it is cards game night, a cocktail evening, or a festive party, appetizers are a must. These small nibbles are great way to keep hunger pangs at bay while the main course is served, they line your stomach when you’re being heavy handed with the tipples and even be conversation starters with their innovativeness. From classics such as papdi chaat and kalmi vada, to new twists on iconic dishes such as idlis and dahi poori, here is our list of top 10 vegetarian appetizers to start off the party right and impress your guests.
(Also read: Quick and easy to make non-vegetarian appetizers to light up your party)
Idli is a versatile food to experiment with at your Diwali party. Shashlik made from steamed idlis is a creative way to serve the humble breakfast dish. Coat the idlis with some ginger paste, oil, tomato ketchup, black pepper powder, and honey. Once done, place them on skewers with bell pepper and onion cubes and grill in oven or on a griddle.
(Got some leftover idlis? Use these ideas to add extra zing to them )
Idli Pizza Muffins
A popular Rajasthani snack, the Kalmi Vada makes for a delightful appetizer at Diwali and other parties. These are basically fried patties made with lentils and raw bananas. The highlight of this dish; however, is its garnish. Chef Gautam Mehrishi garnishes it with some mayonnaise, dry mango powder, black pepper power, nylon sev, green chutney, and some fresh chopped mint leaves.
Grilled Cheese with Tomato Shots
(Also, if cheese is bae, you can also try these cheesy fingers. It makes for a great evening snack.)
Mung Bean and Green Apple Dahi Poori
Since we’ll be stuffing ourselves with plenty of traditional sweets at Diwali parties, how about balancing it with a healthy appetizer? Here’s an easy dahi puri recipe with a healthy twist. In this appetizer, Chef Handa replaces the usual potato filling with green gram/moong sprouts and khatti-meethi chutney with green apple pulp.
Eekh ke LollipopEekh ke Lollipop or sugarcane lollipop is a vegetarian alternative to the Chindian favourite—chicken lollipop. We’re positive, this vegetarian version will stand out at your Diwali party. They are basically fried spicy vegetable balls placed on match-sized sugarcane pieces. This mouth-watering appetizer is best served with some sweet chilli sauce.
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