These bite-sized treats will be a hit at your Diwali party
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Finger foods are a hit at any party, be it a Diwali party or a birthday dinner. When you’re planning your Diwali party this year, play smart and keep these bite-sized foods on top of your list. Choose recipes that are easy to pop in one’s mouth and, at the same time, go perfectly well with the drinks you’re planning to serve. Here’s our list of easy non-vegetarian appetizers. Your guests will love them. 


Chilli Chicken

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India loves its chicken. Mainly because chicken is abundantly available and so very versatile. There are a million ways to cook perfect chicken at home. Chilli chicken is a much loved chicken preparation, with a kick of spice and a sprinkling of veggies. Make your version or try our pick of Chef Sabyasachi Gorai’s recipe for making chilli chicken at home in less than 30 minutes. Our promise, it’s delish!

Chicken 65

Chicken 65 is a popular appetizer in South Indian restaurants. Chicken 65 is made using boneless chicken pieces that are coated with corn flour, garam masala, yogurt, and a few other basic Indian spices and deep fried until brown and crisp. Once done, a tempering of slit green chillies and curry leaves is poured over the chicken. Watch the recipe here and start counting the compliments you will receive.  


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Tandoori Chicken Lollipop

Sure, tandoori chicken gets its name from the bell-shaped clay oven (tandoor) that it is prepared in. But, over the years, people have started making tandoori chicken at home without a tandoor. Gurdip Kohli Punj can show you how you can make restaurant-style
tandoori chicken lollipop in your own kitchen. She makes it using ingredients that are easily available in most Indian kitchens, so no need to panic about preparation time. This makes for a perfect quick non-vegetarian appetizer to serve your guests this Diwali. 

Chicken Tikka Kebab

Chicken tikka kebab is a popular non-vegetarian appetizer, which combines very well with a tongue-tickling mint chutney. When planning to make this appetizer for your Diwali party remember that this chicken tikka dish tastes best when the chicken pieces rest in the marinade for 24 hours. If 24 hours seem too long, marinate your chicken tikka for at least 10-12 hours. 


Shrimp Sausage Bites

You can never go wrong with chicken sausages, can you? Just like us, if chicken sausages and shrimps are your go-to protein, you and your guests will love this non-vegetarian appetizer—Shrimp Sausage BitesChef Pankaj Bhadouria makes it simple for you so you can shine at your Diwali party. 


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Spicy Masala Mackerel Samosa

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Steering clear of the popular kheema and potato-stuffed samosas,
Chef Ripudaman Handa makes a batch of baked fish samosas. Interesting, eh? An easy non-vegetarian snack that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, this samosa requires a ready-to-cook marinated mackerel, some oil, lemon juice, and phyllo sheets. Just in case you’re planning to try this for your Diwali party, we’d suggest you serve it with a refreshing mint chutney . For people who prefer a milder dip, just add a few spoons of whisked yogurt to the chutney and voila! Your mint sauce is ready to serve. 

Barbequed Prawns Basil Tikka

Calling all barbeque lovers, have you checked out
Gurdip Kohli Punj’s Prawns Basil Tikka yet? To make this yummy non-vegetarian appetizer, Punj marinates the prawns in a mixture of basil chutney, black pepper powder, salt, lemon juice, and chopped garlic cloves and leaves it aside for 10 minutes. Place the prawns on  skewers and brush them with some oil. Grill them on the barbeque (or cook it on a grill pan)  and serve with green chutney. 

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