Indian Party Menus

meal menuPreparing for a party all by yourself can be a tiring job. But if planned efficiently, it can make cooking a pleasure and you will feel like organizing a party every weekend. Have you by any chance missed my meal planning basic section then please read that and it will put some light on – “How should you get started on meal planning?”


This is my Diwali Menu that I had prepared last year for 16 guests – 10 adults and 6 kids.  TOTAL TIME TO COOK THIS WHOLE DINNER – 7 HRS. 10 MINUTES – divided over the period of 2 days. Don’t be alarmed, see the step by step preparation below and you will find it quite comforting.

Recipe Links provided in the steps below.

Indian Party MenusMy first step was to multiply my ingredients- lets see the sample below. In this image I have doubled the quantity of my corn soup to match up to my guest count. I have skipped kids from the soup list – as kids usually pass on soup. But if someone is still up for one, this soup will yield enough quantity. 🙂Indian Party Menus

My planning started a day ahead – TOTAL TIME – 2 hr. 30 minutes.

  • Soak the dal. Link – Dal Makhani
  • Chopped/grounded ginger – garlic for all my veggies and snack. Chopped/pureed tomatoes for next day. I prefer not to chop onions a day ahead and store in fridge as it leaves a strong odor.
  • Prepare chutneys. I always have tamarind chutney ready in my freezer  – so this one is marked out. Link – Green Chutney, Tamarind Chutney.
  • Marinated Paneer. Though recipe says marinate for 2-3 hours but I kept it overnight. Link – Paneer tikka Masala
  • Started on making Gajar ka halwa. Link – Gajar halwa
  • Prepared 30 peda pieces. Link – Milk Peda

Party day cooking – TOTAL TIME – 3 hr. 40 minutes

  • I started by boiling potatoes, boiling dal makhani and grilling paneer all at once on different burners. While these were boiling/cooking, I moved on to cutting my veggies and salad. This was all done in 30 minutes – in between I kept a close watch on paneer.
  • Chopped onions.
  • Made soup. Link – Corn Soup
  • Prepared Khaman. While this was steaming, I prepared my veggie dip. Link – Khaman and Veggie dip
  • Then I moved on to assemble potato balls. Link – Cocktail snack – Potato balls
  • Made tadka and kept the dal on low flame to simmer.
  • Cooked achari gobi. Emptied in serving dishes. Link – Achari Gobi
  • Cooked Paneer. Emptied in serving dishes.
  • Made raita and kneaded the dough for rotis. Link – Raita, Roti
  • When dal was ready – emptied it in serving dishes.

2 Hours before the party starts – Final touch ups – TOTAL TIME – 1 hr.

  • Fried potato balls. Kept them in warm otg/oven on the lowest setting, so that they stay crisp.
  • Made rotis.
  • Made rice. Link – Jeera Rice
  • Arranged chips/nachos in a bowl to go along with veggie dip


More Menus coming up……..

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2 Responses

  1. studentsim says:

    Ruchi: You are an inspiration! Your pragmatic and yet simple approach to cooking, planning along with the delicious recipes make each of your post worth-reading many times. Knowing that you are a busy mom and yet strive to put delicious and healthy food on the table for the family is very inspiring. I look forward to your ‘just do this’ style in your posts. Thank you for all the hard work, time and energy!

    • Ruchi says:

      Wow.. I am speechless! Thanks dear for such kind words. That’s very encouraging and glad to hear that you liked the blog and my recipes. 🙂

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