Menu for an Indian Wedding Reception
Nothing can be more fancy and extravagant than an Indian wedding followed by a reception. Choosing the menu for an Indian wedding reception is not an easy task. You have to keep in mind the favorites and preferences of your guests. Not only that, you also need to remember that there should not be a dearth of the food that you provide. Everyone should get enough and food should be there in plentiful. Not only food but there should also be options of drinks made available.
To begin with, the organizers of the reception should take special care in selecting what they will be serving as appetizers. This is a thumb rule because what you offer as appetizers will serve as the first impression on your guests and you would inevitably want this first impression to be the best one.
If you plan to serve your guests in a cocktail manner, then finger food or canapé would probably be the best option. You could serve them a wide range of dishes starting from Samosas, Aloo Tikki, Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab, Spring rolls, Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Shrimp with a dip and a lot more. Now, if you plan to go in for a buffet style since that seems to be more of the trend nowadays, you could have a number of options like the Malai Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Reshmi Kebab, and Haryali Tikka. You could also serve up some savory vegetarian dishes like aloo tikki chaat, paapdi chaat, fish pakora, cheese pakora, chicken pakora, lamb and shrimp cutlets. Since, Indians love a whole lot of variety when it comes to food; it is no harm to serve as many appetizers as you want. The more there is the better it gets and the merrier the wedding reception turns out to be.
It is important to remember that Indians can fill their stomachs and relish their palates only with the help of appetizers. So to serve a scrumptious meal of delicacies is the foremost thing a wedding planner must remember while sketching the menu for appetizers.
If dinner is going to be served late, then you must be able to offer a wide range of appetizers to your guests and they should be filling because you surely would not want your guests to go hungry on such a celebrative occasion. The best and most viable option will be to serve a buffet style dinner than the traditional way where all guests are made to sit and then the waiters come serving the different dishes one by one.
If you do go in for the buffet style, try out something a little different. Maybe if you spread an assortment of salads- chicken Hawaiian, Russian, green, fruit, crab and asparagus, Caesar salad, Greek salad, Macaroni, Panzanella etc. a salad bar could also serve your purpose as there may be many diabetic, health conscious or plain salad lovers who will be attending the wedding.
For the main course, you should definitely have a mix of sweet and sour, meat and vegetables. If you want more meat in your menu, you could opt for something like a Fish curry, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Goat Curry, Lamb curry, Mutton Rogan josh, Kadai Chicken and Chicken Lababdar. If you want to include vegetarian dishes in your main course, you could choose from preparations like Palak Paneer, Kadai Paneer, or some Paneer tikka masala. You could also include sweet dishes like the Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta and savory dishes like Daal Makhani, Tawa vegetables, Channa Masala, Aloo Jeera and Baigan Patiala.
Whatever be the case, the menu should be well planned and appropriately served so that your guests can have a wonderful time during the reception and always cherish the moment and the food for years to come.