Starters & small bites

Starters & small bites

By
Ragini Dey
Contains
19 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742705200
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

In India, people love to snack throughout the day – morning tea, brunch, light lunch and afternoon tea, all provide an opportunity to bite into a samosa, break off a piece of bread and dip it into dal, salivate over a charcoal grilled kabab or enjoy the fresh crispness of a vegetable pakora – the list is endless. The recipes in this chapter come from all over India, and while the ingredients can change from region to region, the end result is the same – deliciously fresh and tasty dishes that satisfy the momentary appetite for something small.

Most Indian families do not eat a formal course-by-course meal, and many starters and small dishes are often incorporated into banquet-style meals. Perhaps start off with Masala pappadums and a couple of chutneys for dipping, before moving on to traditional Pakoras and Dahi ke kababs, served alongside larger fish and meat dishes. Recipes such as Vegetable samosas and Lentil and prawn wadas work equally well served with pre-dinner drinks or as finger foods at a party, or even as a late-night snack after a night out.

Alternatively, try Swiss brown mushrooms with Akuri for a breakfast with a twist, or indulge in the great combination of toasted buttery bread and vegetable dip – Pao bhajee.

Many of the recipes in this chapter can be prepared ahead of time, which means you don’t need to be in the kitchen when everyone else is enjoying them. So, sit back, relax and indulge in the tastiest small treats India has to offer.

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