Indian Appetizer Recipes

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Easy Raita with Mint and Cilantro

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This easy cucumber raita is flavored with fresh mint, fresh cilantro, and a touch of ground cumin. You'll be making this often!

Indian Masala Chicken Wings

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Marinate chicken wings ahead of time in a simple homemade masala paste for an explosion of spicy Indian flavors. Serve with lemon wedges and steamed basmati rice.

Green Chutney

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Chutney is excellent served as a condiment with any number of dishes, it adds a flavor that can't be beat.

Easy Veggie Samosas

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Quick vegetarian samosas with a curried garbanzo bean filling. You can adjust the amount of curry paste according to your taste.

Elijah's Phulourie

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These savory fritters are made with split pea flour and a blend of mild spices. An East Indian snack that goes well with mango chutney!

Spicy Peach Chutney

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This chutney closely resembles imported Indian chutneys and is good with all curry dishes. It is also great with cream cheese and crackers.

Spicy Lentil Dip

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Indian spices lace this spicy, delicious dip. It's great served with naan or pita chips!

Chaat - Dahi Batata Puri

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Chaat is a broad term that encompasses many different dishes. This recipe is made of yogurt and potatoes and other chaat sauces. You may need to make a trip to an Indian grocery store to stock up on spherical 'puris' (also called as pani-puri puris), 'sev', green chutney, and a sweet and sour chutney. I have tried here to give as many substitutions as possible, if you are unable to go to an Indian grocery store. However, you will definitely lose the authentic taste if you make substitutions. If you can find them, use black salt in place of the rock salt, spherical puris in place of the wheat crackers, and plain sev in place of the crushed potato chips.

Beef Samosas

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Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savory, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops.

Indian Spiced Onions

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Spicy onions just like the ones served in Indian restaurants as a side dish! Delicious served with crispy pappadums as a starter for any Indian meal!

Roti Bread from India

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A an unleavened griddle bread from India which is similar to pita bread. It is also known as roti. Ideally, I use the traditional Indian roti griddle called a 'tava.'

Indian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

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Spicy roasted chickpeas are crisp, spicy little nibbles. This is one snack that you can feel good about munching.

Inspiration and Ideas

Indian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

These flavorful bites are a perfect snack for an Indian feast. They're even great as a crunchy topping for a salad.

Spicy Potato Noodles (Bataka Sev)

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I've been obsessed with this crispy fried snack ever since my friend brought the recipe back from South Africa in 1988. This is adapted from a recipe she learned in a cooking class taught by a renowned Indian food authority in Cape Town, Ramola Parbhoo.