Indian weddings are a day full of joy and celebration. While the engaged couple is the main focus of attention, that doesn’t mean our favorite foods can’t steal some of the limelight.
Indian weddings celebrate love, joy, and happiness, a time when families come together to celebrate the union of two souls. The wedding rituals are full of traditions, and customs passed on from generation to generation.
There are different Indian weddings, but all have one common thread – food! Here are some must-try Indian wedding foods that you should consider including on your menu.
Starters & Appetizers
Papdi chaat is a traditional Indian street food that originated in North India. It’s a yummy snack made with crisp puris (fried dough), topped with chutneys and curd. Papdi chaat can be prepared with potatoes, onions, chickpeas, and spices and is the perfect choice for a crowd-pleasing starter.
Dahi Bhalla is a tasty Indian wedding food that’s hard to resist. A Dahi Bhalla is a deep-fried, savory dough ball usually eaten with a yogurt sauce. If you don’t like lentils, they can also be replaced with other ingredients such as cauliflower, potatoes, or chickpeas. This mild dish is typically made with mung beans and lentils and served with chutney and yogurt.
Pea and Mint Soup
Pea & mint soup is a traditional dish served at many Indian weddings. Packed with flavor, this dish is often delivered as the first course. This healthy Indian wedding food dish will be a treat for your taste buds. Garlic, onion, mint, and fennel seeds are the base of this soup. Pepper adds a hint of spice, while peas add a subtle sweetness.
Paneer pakora is a crispy, savory snack made from paneer cheese and gram flour (also known as chickpea flour). The secondary ingredients vary depending on the person who makes them. However, the basic paneer pakora does consist of paneer cheese as the main ingredient—another must-try Indian snack that won’t disappoint at Indian weddings.
Cold canapes are one of the most common items served at any wedding party or reception. You can opt for a variety of cold canapes like exotic Fruit Spendi , Prosciutto-wrapped figs, steak, and tuna tartare, etc., depending on your budget. These cold canapes will definitely be loved by all your guests who come from different cultures and backgrounds!
Main Course Ideas
Chicken and Lamb Kebobs
Kebobs are a must-have on any Indian wedding menu. And you can’t go wrong with chicken and lamb kebobs. They’re easy to make, and they’re always a hit with guests. These kebobs are typically marinated in yogurt, spices, and herbs that are then grilled until browned on all sides and served with naan bread.
Butter Chicken is a popular Indian wedding food that you’ll probably recognize. The creamy and mild dish is similar to Chicken Tikka Masala, another Indian favorite, and this dish is the main course. It can be served with rice or naan bread, and it’s perfect for those who don’t like spicy or hot food.
Litti Chokha is a traditional dish served at almost every Indian wedding. These dough balls, which come from Bihar and Jharkhand region in India, are stuffed with various flavors and are often made with eggplant, potato, and tomatoes. There are several ways to make Litti Chokha, such as baking in the oven, cooking on a Tawa, deep-frying, or grilling. You can combine the ingredients for a burst of flavor or enjoy them separately.
This dish is made with urad dal and rajma, seasoned with butter and spices, and originates from India and Pakistan. Dal Makhani means “buttery dal,” so you can expect a creamy, buttery dish that is often served as the main course. It’s often made with butter, tomatoes, onions, herbs, cream, and garam masala. Ginger and garlic paste are also common ingredients in this creamy dish. It is served with rice or naan.
Shahi Paneer, a rich and creamy curry, is a fantastic Indian wedding dish. This dish is another main course option, prepared with nuts and other ingredients. Depending on the wedding caterers, the recipe might vary slightly. Some Indian caterers add tomatoes or saffron to the dish, and some common ingredients are cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamoms.
Desserts & Sweet Treats
Chocolate mousse is an amazing wedding dessert that will definitely impress your guests. This dessert is so delicious that no one will be able to resist its rich and creamy taste when they try it! Chocolate mousse is made from a combination of whipped cream, eggs, sugar, and chocolate (the recipe varies slightly depending on region). It is garnished with nuts or almonds for added flavor.
Pineapple Raita is a tangy, sweet-and-sour condiment made with pineapple. It’s a popular side dish in South Asian cuisine, and this decadent version is heavenly. Some recipes also use pomegranate, which adds both color and flavors.
A traditional dessert at Indian weddings, Gulab Jamun consists of spongy milky balls soaked in rose-scented syrup and goes well with ice cream or Kulfi. A pinch of ground cardamom and a few almonds or pistachio nuts are also added to this sweet treat. White sugar is then sprinkled over the top right before serving. It’s a perfect end to any meal, especially on hot summer days.
Kesar Pista Phirni
This sumptuous and sweet dish is a blend of rice, milk, and sugar, flavored with cardamom, scented with rose water, laced with saffron, and served with pistachio nuts and rose petals. This delicious, aromatic, mouthwatering dessert will perfectly suit the serene beauty of the wedding.
Kulfi is a frozen dessert believed to be the coldest of all Indian desserts. Its exotic texture and creamy taste make many weddinggoers feel like they are melting sinfully in their mouths. Kulfi can also be flavored with mango or other fruit to make it even more delicious.
Wow Your Guests with a Mouthwatering Menu
We strive to provide our guests with a memorable culinary experience at Westmount Country Club. We take pride in offering authentic Indian food and satisfying your palette.
We know how important it is for you to feel relaxed, so we ensure every detail is taken care of, from the spices we use to the ingredients we add. We understand that a great wedding starts with mouthwatering food at your reception—whether you have an Indian menu or something else.