With Raksha Bandhan and several other festivals just around the corner there is an atmosphere of cheer and togetherness in the air. You are probably planning a weekend dinner for extended family, or friends. This week we have a menu of North Indian recipes that will fit right into the festive mood and is perfect for you to serve to guests of all ages. It covers all the basics, a few zesty appetisers, lots of main course options including sabzi, dal, rice and parathas. And we have for you three desserts to choose from, because what’s a festival without indulging your sweet side?
1 - Appetizers
A refreshing Drink along with a couple of snacks is a good way to get the appetite going before an indulgent weekend dinner. Try these Jimikand Ke Kebab (Yam Kebab), a crunchy Sev Puri, or a universal favourite Achari Paneer Tikka, served on skewers for extra element of style.
2 - Main Course
The main part of every meal always needs to balance all the right things – flavour, textures, health quotient and have an element of fun too. This selection covers it all – buttery gravy in the form of Mushroom Pasanda, a sabzi - Mughlai Aloo Matar Gobi Recipe, a creamy dal of Lentils with Coconut Milk, accompanied by Hara Dhania Paratha, and Chana Dal Pulao or Tawa Pulao, and of course the must-have Raita.
3 - Desserts
The most exciting part of every festive meal is to to end on a sugary high. We have a selection that perfectly matches the celebratory spirit as well as this meal. Basundi made at home is comforting, refreshing and hits all the right notes when you serve it along with Malpua. But if that is too rich for you, then you can try a lighter Badam Almond Kheer.