Diwali is round the corner and with it comes a flurry of activity. Apart from being the time when your house gets cleaned to a spotless shine and your wardrobe gets a fabulous makeover, Diwali is a time meant for some serious socializing with family and friends and hosting some fabulous soirees.
But what is the festival of lights without legendary card games and gastronomic delights. However, it’s the buffet table that often gets neglected when there is a fiery game on cards going on. So this Diwali why not get the buffet table on a cocktail plate and ensure that your guests have their fill to eat and you are left with no leftovers that’ll you’ll be forced to eat for days on an end?
Now instead of ordering from a restaurant you can try out your hand at being a culinary god or goddess by trying out these simple finger foods that are scrumptious and yet easy to eat.
An assortment of tikkas on a platter can make even the most humdrum party a hit. Get an eclectic mix of lamb, chicken and veg tikkas and serve with mint – coriander chutney and a curd dip. Stick toothpicks in the tikkas to make sure these bite-sized yummies are easy to eat and don’t leave any greasy hands behind.
- Goat cheese stuffed apricots
A platter of goat cheese stuffed apricots can lift the mood of any party. The perfect combination of sweet and savoury, these are delightfully easy to make. Just cut apricots in half and add drops of goat cheese into the cavities. Then lightly drizzle with a little honey and top it off with chopped pecan nuts! It’s an explosion of flavours in the mouth.
- Caprese salad on a stick
This is an all-in-one salad on a stick. All you need are some premium cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and good quality mozzarella cheese. Just stick these together on a toothpick and your Caprese salad is ready.
- Mushroom Pita Pockets
Forget the regular ‘roti-sabzi’ or kathi roll. This Diwali, serve mushroom pita pockets to fill your guests stomachs with food and happiness. Just stir fry mushrooms with some finely chopped onion and garlic, add mushrooms and your filling is ready. You can give this dish an exotic twist by adding crunchy bell peppers, cucumbers, and finely sliced onions and by adding a little herb dressing to this. Now simply fill warmed pita pockets with this filling, garnish with fresh herbs and serve.
- Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps
Another variation of the don’t-to-death-roll is a lettuce wrap. You can make this with meat or go Veg. Slice your choice of meat or veggies thinly and stir fry with Kikkomon Teriyaki Sauce. Roughly chop cucumber and mix in cilantro leaves, some finely chopped green chillies, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt. Then all you need to do is pile the cucumber mix on to washed and dried iceberg lettuce leaves and top with the meat/veg of your choice. Hold it together with a toothpick. You can even use Gem lettuce leaves and instead of making a wrap leave them as cups.
The great thing is that all these recipes can be prepped in advance and take no time to put together. So, this Diwali give the chips and pakodas a miss and try out these awesome Diwali bites. You’ll surely find yourself in the Diwali Hall of Fame