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कॉकटेल पार्टी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Cocktail Party recipes in Hindi)
કૉકટેલ પાર્ટી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Cocktail Party recipes in Gujarati)

 

Top 10 Snacks, Starters for Cocktail Parties

A cocktail party is usually an occasion for celebration. It might be to celebrate an occasion, an achievement or simply a sophisticated get-together.

Some of the occasions for which cocktail parties are held:
1. Pre-wedding events
2. Birthday party
3. Business meeting
4. Baby shower
5. Engagement
6. Any other happy moment worth celebrating!

  Top 10 Starter Recipes
1. Corn Cheese Balls
2. Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip
3. Pav Bhaji Fondue
4. Besan Masala Peanuts
5. Aloo Cheese Croquettes
6. Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries
7. Ricotta and Cherry Tomato Crostini
8. Broccoli and Cheese Balls
9. Pesto Corn and Black Olives Pinwheel Sandwich
10. Paneer Tikka

At a cocktail party, the guests are usually served several bite-sized starters along with alcohol-based drinks or cocktails. A couple of non-alcoholic mocktails are also served for teetotalers. The guests will be moving around freely at a cocktail party. The snacks or starters may be placed at tables at convenient places or carried around by bearers depending on the scale of the party, the place where it is held, the number of helpers available, etc.

Usually, dry and bite-sized snacks are preferred. The starters are always made to look very attractive because there is a certain standard to live up to in a cocktail party! The cocktails may precede a brunch or dinner party.

 

10 Tips to choose your Veg Starters wisely for Cocktail Parties

1. Always include some starters with bread as it soaks up alcohol.
2. Let not all the starters be deep-fried. Not only will it get difficult to prepare, but some people might be hesitant about having so much deep-fried stuff. So, include some raw, steamed or baked starters too.
3. Include a selection of chips and dry tidbits that can be enjoyed with dips.
4. The starters served should be easy to pick and eat, and not saucy or messy. Go for bite-sized!
5. Pick a good mix of deep-fried, baked, tandoori and barbequed snacks.
6. Make it convenient for the guests by serving each starter with toothpicks and tissues.
7. The starters should be piping hot and fresh.
8. Ensure that the starters are circulated well, or placed amply in several locations, so that is it available for all the guests to try.
9. The cocktail snacks must be arranged attractively in platters to make it look classy.
10. Do not select starters with uncommon ingredients, because some guests might be hesitant to try. Mushrooms and eggs are also not very preferable.

A mix of Indian and international starters will strike a proper balance and make sure all your guests are satiated. When a series of snacks is served one after the other, variety is very important. Only then people will pay attention to and individually relish each snack. If the snacks are repetitive, for example if you serve four or five types of tikkis one after the other, the guests will get bored and not even notice what they are eating. So, go for a good variety.

This is not very difficult to do, because there does exist a rather large pool of cocktail snacks and starters in every cuisine. You can go for standard, ever-popular choices like the Corn Cheese Balls, Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip and Besan Masala Peanuts, or surprise your guests with something different like the Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries or Pav Bhaji Fondue! Croquettes and crostini are ideal to serve at cocktail parties because they are handily sized and extremely attractive to look at. If you are planning to serve Tikkis or samosas, make sure you size them small.

When arranging a cocktail party, the idea is not just to serve satiating food, but to do it in such way that you set a new standard that’s spoken about memorably for a long time! Class and convenience go hand-in-hand to make a cocktail party a great success.



Cabbage Ghughras recipe
Ghughra, a traditional gujarati tea time snack gets a savoury twist with this unique filling. Cabbage ghughras feature a stuffing made of cabbage, raisins, coconut and other ingredients pepped up with a dash of lemon juice too. Serve the ghughras soon after deep frying to maintain the texture and cr ....
Potato Nuggets Recipe, Easy Party Starter recipe
Very easy to make and ideal to serve at parties, the Potato Nuggets is sure to please you with its succulent mouth-feel and pleasant cheesy flavour. A mixture of mashed potatoes and cheese, flavoured elegantly with red chilli flakes, is shaped into nuggets and deep-fried to make this all-time fa ....
Cheese Poppers recipe
A melt-in-your-mouth treat, which does not melt from your memory forever! These exciting Cheese Poppers feature herbed cheese slice rolls that are batter-fried to perfection. It is amazing how a small sprinkling of mixed herbs with chilli flakes can transform plain cheese slices into a flavourfu ....
Urad Dal and Vegetable Appe recipe
Urad dal, generally the basic ingredient for vadas, takes on the form of appe in this delicious recipe! A batter of soaked urad is perked up with spice powders and grated veggies before being cooked in an appe mould till crisp and golden in colour. Since this irresistible Urad Dal and Ve ....
Lavash recipe
We always gain a deep satisfaction from preparing exotic, international foods in our own kitchen, isn’t it? Here is your chance to make Lavash, the all-time Mediterranean favourite. With mild scents of olive oil and the strong aroma of toasted sesame, Lavash is a bread par excellence. Bake them fres ....
Cheese Corn Balls recipe
Corn is an all-time favourite, so is cheese. Put these two together in the form of a crunchy yet soft-centered deep-fried dish, and you have a chartbuster. Also try other recipes with corn and cheese combo like Corn Filled Bread Tartlets ,
Baby Corn Fritters, Fried Baby Corn recipe
Very easy to prepare compared to other kebabs and tikkis but worthy of serving on the same platter, Baby Corn Fritters are a really mouth-watering preparation of crisp, tender baby c ....
Dhokla Sushi with Bell Peppers recipe
Love the exotic flavour of Sushi but don’t have the time to prepare it, or don’t have access to the ingredients? Not to worry. We have brought together Indian and Japanese styles to create a dhokla-based sushi, which anybody can make and enjoy any time! You can also surprise your guests with thi ....
Crispy Fried Corn recipe
A snack that requires a bit of patience but is so unique and exciting that you will thoroughly enjoy the results of your effort! Unlike most dishes that make use of boiled or crushed sweet corn, here the kernels are deep-fried till absolutely crisp, and then tossed with flavour-givers like ginge ....
Watermelon and Guava Juice recipe
The thoughtful combination of juicy watermelon and pulpy guava laced with lemon juice results in a stunning juice that has a unique mouth-feel. Remove the seeds from the watermelon first, as the juice is not to be strained after blending. If you strain, you will lose the grainy texture. Savour every ....
Corn Rolls recipe
These scrumptious Corn Rolls stand apart from other run-of-the-mill starters due to the tongue-tickling Oriental-style filling of corn, onions and green chillies perked up with soya sauce. Bread acts as the holder for this mixture, while plain flour helps seal the rolls. Drain the oil well aft ....
Sugar Syrup, How To Make Sugar Syrup for Drinks and Desserts recipe
Sugar syrup is one of the essential items you must learn to make sometime early in your culinary journey, especially if you are interested in making sweets, preserves, drinks and desserts. This simple sugar syrup is ideal or making drinks and desserts. It can be kept at room temperature or in ....
Peanut Chaat, Evening Snack recipe
Chaat adds more josh to the timeless appeal of boiled peanuts by combining it with juicy veggies, succulent pomegranate and crunchy sev. A dash of spice powders and lemon juice boosts all the other flavours, making this an utterly irresistible evening snack. It is one of the most popular snacks ....
Mint Chutney,  Pudina Chutney recipe
This popular mint chutney can be prepared in a matter of minutes by using fresh mint along with coriander leaves. This chutney has the aromatic freshness of mint combined with the earthiness of the coriander. Serve it alongside Indian appetizers like
Saffron Lemon Drink, Kesar and Lemon Drink recipe
It is quite common to add saffron to kheer, mithai and milky drinks too. But, here is an outta-this-world drink that focuses totally on saffron. Since the Saffron Lemon Drink has no milk, the unique flavour and pleasant colour of saffron steal the show! A dash of lemon juice helps to highlight ....
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