Indian food is great for entertaining and what better way to spice things up than with these tasty appetisers. Each of these party bites would be a great addition to any menu, and pair well with a tropical mango lassi or a refreshing glass of S.Pellegrino. If you need more Indian appetiser ideas we encourage you to try our tasty tips for making samosas like a chef.
Chicken Tikka Patties
If you like chicken tikka you'll enjoy this bite-size homage to one of India's most famous dishes. This recipe uses minced chicken breast so it's also a healthy choice as well as being delicious. It's very easy to make, and with lemon, yogurt, garlic, chilli, coriander, ginger and turmeric, there are lots of zingy flavours that will please everyone. Here's the recipe.
These golden fritters are coated in a savoury chickpea batter and served with a zesty yogurt sauce. They are suitable for vegetarians, but everyone will love them. And as a great Indian comfort food, they're suitable for any occasion. You'll find here the recipe.
Indian Rice Cakes
Known in Hindi as idli, these steamed rice cakes are a great snack that originated in South India. Suitable for vegetarians, they use ghee, mustard seeds, green chiles and ginger, so they're packed with flavour and have a spicy kick.
Here's a fun Indian appetiser that's completely vegan and made with potatoes and cauliflower. Crispy and crunchy, the fried balls get the best of these vegetables and are a fun and delicious snack the whole family will love. Serve them as appetisers, but also a side with the main event. Here's the recipe.
These Indian flatbreads are made with just four ingredients - whole grain flour, water, salt and ghee - and are delicious with spicy chutneys or for dipping in any of your favourite Indian dishes. Tearing them with your hands and scooping up your curry is what Indian food is all about. Here's the recipe.
Why stop with an appetiser? If you’re keen to enjoy a full Indian feast then the cuisine of the sub-continent offers countless options for meat, vegetarian or vegan dishes, as well as different ways of preparing rice. How about learning how to create the perfect tadka dal or basmati rice? A classic butter chicken with spinach might be more to your taste or a lamb palak gosht curry with two different types of cardamom. There’s also plenty of choice for those with a sweet tooth, particularly at festive times of the year, such as Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights every autumn. One thing is for sure, Indian food requires its own pantry of spices and other unusual ingredients that will give any dish that unmistakable flavour.