A day after Karva Chauth, with a week full of preparations in the run up to Diwali, is the perfect excuse for a Punjabi dinner with your friends and family. If you missed having all the delicacies usually prepared around Karva Chauth, fret not, this meal will have you covered. Ticking off all the classic Punjabi flavours, from Pindi Chole to Achari Paneer Tikka and Stuffed Kulchas and Gajar Ka Halwa to top it off. So get into your kitchen and whip this meal up for your loved ones. It's the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
You may pick as many dishes from each course as you wish, but do make sure that you have at least one dish from every list as that will make your meal complete!
1 - Appetizers
Crisp, crunchy somethings always make for a good beginning and these Vegetable Dal Pakoras do exactly that. You could also serve it with Achari Paneer Tikkas and Makhmali Rajma Kebabs for a regal, vegetarian take on kebabs which tend to be non-vegetarian terrain. Serve them with this Mint-Coriander Chutney and Date-Tamarind Chutney for best results.
2 - Main Course: sabzi, kadhi, dal
As the main part of every meal we needed a bit of everything, traditionally Punjabi dishes that feature the best flavours, textures and also have a little bit of nutrition packed into them. Start with this Kachumber of Cucumber, Red Radish, Tomatoes and Onions along with the classic Pindi Chole and Baingan Bharta that is flavoured with fenugreek leaves and topped with pomegranate. It doesn't get more Punjabi than a creamy yoghurt Kadhi with Pakoras and a Smoked Dhabe Wali Dal. Of course you're going to need something to cool off with, so you could also add in this delicious, yet nutritious Pumpkin Raita too.
3 - Rice and roti
All that flavour in your plate is definitely going to need something to mop it all up. So try these layered Whole Wheat Lachha Parathas or Onion Kulchas topped with dollops of butter. And if you're more inclined to rice, this simple but comforting Jeera Pulao will definitely do the trick.
4 - Dessert
At the end of every feast is the inevitable question - "Meethe main kya hai?" This time, you can be well prepared with a delicious Indian dessert fit for this Punjabi Meal. From a spiced Shahi Tukda to Gajar Ka Halwa to this very traditional Chironji & Makhane Ki Kheer, you'll have an assortment to suit every kind of dessert lover.
You can also try out other other Weekend Meals such as Asian-styled Dinner, Zesty Italian Dinner, Homemade Mexican Dinner and a Traditional Gujarati Thali.