South Asian Weddings

Indian appetizers conducive to being served during cocktail hour

Hi there,
I would like to feature some Indian appetizers during my cocktail hour but am not sure from a catering perspective what would be most conducive to the typical cocktail hour setting.  My wedding is likely to be catered by a chef who is not familiar with Indian food, so I'm trying to think of stuff that's easy to make but still delish.  So far all I can think of is samosas and pakoras -- both super easy to make.  Do other brides have suggestions about other Indian apps served during their cocktail hours?  

Also, I love the idea of a pani poori station but am guessing that would be very hard to orchestrate...anyone seen this before?

Re: Indian appetizers conducive to being served during cocktail hour

  • edited December 2011
    samosa's are easy and tell him channa chaat..pani poori is a good idea but it's hard unless you do have an indian chef. the other idea is to get an outside caterer just for appetizers
  • edited December 2011
    At the wedding, we had a make your own chaat station, where guests could make their own... during the cocktail hour, all of the ingredients were seperated out.

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  • temurlangtemurlang member
    1000 Comments Third Anniversary Combo Breaker
    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_south-asian-weddings_indian-appetizers-conducive-being-served-during-cocktail-hour?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:430Discussion:bf436f49-f703-48c0-804c-9c3ed6fc3934Post:c3c9bc01-1d37-49de-8704-e2aff7417145">Re: Indian appetizers conducive to being served during cocktail hour</a>:
    [QUOTE]At the wedding, we had a make your own chaat station, where guests could make their own... during the cocktail hour, all of the ingredients were seperated out.
    Posted by kpwedkk[/QUOTE]

    I love that idea!  My favorite chaat item is pani puri, but I would probably be afraid to eat it while dressed up.  Most people seem to like pakoras and the other day I had an awesome masala vadai... those kinds of things would also work.
  • rv224rv224 member
    10 Comments Second Anniversary
    edited December 2011
    Some other ideas:

    Chutney tea sandwiches (mint chutney with cucumbers or achar)
    Tandoori paneer
    Naan chips with dip (achar, chutney, etc)
    Gobi manchurian
    Kebabs (vegie or non-veg)
    Tikkis (potato)
    Stuffed tomatoes with curried salad
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