Menu Ideas for Informal Gatherings

So once you are done setting a date and sending out invites, what should you cook?

Here is a series of combinations worth your while.

For a light meal, serve appetizers, savory sides and salads with some protein:


Chaat hors d’oeuvres  for a spicy bite to get the taste buds tingling.

Egg Bruschetta or Pizza on Bread 

Snacky breads that can stand their own: 

Gram Flour Pancakes/ Besan ka Cheela with Paneer

Methi Thepla/ Fenugreek Flatbread– let people use these to make their own rolls or snack on them with assorted chutneys and dips.

Egg Rolls! You cannot go wrong with a wrap- these grab and go foods are great for an informal do.

Salads that can be entrees:


A Stunning Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

Fruit Salad  this light and airy salad can be paired with a variety of cheese, crackers and a side of tofu for protein.

Non- vegetarian-

Garden Fresh Salad with Chicken Sausage

Salmon and Quinoa Salad

Blackened Tilapia with Couscous Salad

One Pot Meals: Serve these stellar dishes with yogurt and a spicy chutney or pickle. 

For Eggetarians:   Herby Egg Rice

For Vegetarians: Lehsuni Palak Rice or a lip smacking Macaroni

For Non-vegetarians: Awadhi Chicken Biryani  or the Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani


Trifle – serve it with hot chocolate sauce.

Mandarin Apple Cake

Homemade Banana Ice Cream

There’s more where this came from. Check out the Recipes page or use the search bar to find recipes that are easy, delightful to cook and most importantly nourishing for your soul.

Happy Cooking!

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