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      i'm throwing a iftar party for my college friends and some cousins, i wanted to get some feedback on a fun menu with blend of american and desi cuisine. suggestions of dishes and recipes are welcome. don't want too much food as its really hard to eat a lot after a long day of fasting, but i think there should be variety.


      ok

      for starters

      eggrolls, pakoray, somasas
      green chutney
      alu channay

      main meal

      pulao
      dahi bharay
      salad
      green masala kabobs
      pasta dish
      tandoori chicken wraps


      dessert

      cake + pudding

      does the menu sound ok not enough?...overbearing? too many carbs?

      the guest people will be around ermm 20 people including some adults

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      Quote Originally Posted by xlusively_me View Post
      i'm throwing a iftar party for my college friends and some cousins, i wanted to get some feedback on a fun menu with blend of american and desi cuisine. suggestions of dishes and recipes are welcome. don't want too much food as its really hard to eat a lot after a long day of fasting, but i think there should be variety.


      ok

      for starters

      eggrolls, pakoray, somasas
      green chutney
      alu channay

      main meal

      pulao
      dahi bharay
      salad
      green masala kabobs
      pasta dish
      tandoori chicken wraps


      dessert

      cake + pudding

      does the menu sound ok not enough?...overbearing? too many carbs?

      the guest people will be around ermm 20 people including some adults
      Hmm.....the menu looks good over all. I love the idea of a pasta dish and tandoori chicken wraps.

      Here are some suggestions:

      1) The starters are all fried foods. You can omit one of the fried foods...and substitute it with a fruit salad (or cut-up fruit)....OR a yogurt based chaat. That way you'll still have 3 dishes for the starters....but they'll be variety in texture.

      2) If you want.....you can add a salan/curry-based dish to your main meal section. Such as a korma, maybe. Here's an idea. Dehi baray are often served during iftar. SO........you can use the dehi baray as one of your starter dishes. And then substitue the dehi baray with a curry-based dish for main meal. Know what I mean? That way....people will have a salan to pour over their pulao.

      Desert sounds great.

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      hmmm thanks i'll do that for the feedback chicken qourma or chicken jalfrezi with naan?

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      Quote Originally Posted by xlusively_me View Post
      hmmm thanks i'll do that for the feedback chicken qourma or chicken jalfrezi with naan?
      I like the jalfrezi but EITHER one of them sounds awesome! Make the one you feel most comfortable with.

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      Asak ..everybody
      Ramadan Mubarak to you all an d your families..may Allah SWT accept our devotion and prayers i this holy month..Ameen.

      I'm hosting an iftaar party coming saturday Insha Allah..
      could you guys help me with the menu pleaseeee..
      one of my family friend she will make biryani..and one said she will bring something like cheese pakora or bread pakora ..my sis in law is also after my life to bring something..
      i feel if they will all bring everything what will i cook then ..i looooove cooking.

      so for now...i'm thinking of making:-

      Iftar
      qeema samosa
      Chana daal.kachhi wali...everybody loves it ..last year it was a hit masha allah.
      dates stuffed with almonds
      pakora(friend is bringing)
      Fruit salad

      what else should i make...i dont want to do a lot as nobody will have space for dinner after.

      Dinner:
      biryani (for now)
      paneer makhani (i already made the gravy i just have to add paneer in it...i freez it yesterday

      Desert

      kheer
      mango moose


      any other suggestions will be appreciated....and if possible recipes too please.

      thanx
      love n hugs

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      I went to an Iftar party last night and Im going to be honest, the food was overwhelming!!! People dont eat that much when they have two meals back to back within two hours. The girl went all out and did fried peppers, pakoray, stuffed biscuits, chanay, dahi barey, fruit chaat, khajoor. For dinner, she did qorma, biryani, raita, salad, roti, more chanay and dahi baray. For dessert, kulfi................UFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Either simplify your Iftar or Dinner.

      First Iftar was at my place and I served:

      Khajoor

      Chicken salad sandwiches - gotta have those!

      Fruit salad with papaya, bananas, kiwi, apples, grapes, cherries, etc.

      Cantaloupe

      Dinner:

      Zeera rice

      Palak Qeema

      Chicken salan

      Dessert: Cake

      If you're doing a heavy dinner, no fried foods in Iftar...thats my rule.
      Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. ~ Rumi

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      SOUP - U must have soup! (With some fresh bread or garlic bread). Allow your SIL to bring something like samosa's or chaat, u focus on souop!

      Agree with Psquared, don't have too much food, ppl won't b able to eat it.
      One must make a mark in this world, if I am remembered for anything, let it be cheese and crackers...

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      Mrs Halwaaaaaaaaa...............you forgot CHEESE AND CRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. ~ Rumi

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      you can add dahi baras/chotay for aftari.

      and for dinner you can raita as its a must with biryani

      I hope your party goes great then u can change your status from being WORRIED to HAPPY

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      Hmm, personally I have to have pakoras for iftari.. I mean if I"m hosting a party. I would personally rather focus more on iftari.. it's an iftar party, n secondly, u get to eat biryani n stuff all yr around anyway! I'd do various types of pakoras, spring rolls/ or samosas, chanay (black or white) and dahi barray.

      If someones already bringin biryani, you should just make enough dahi barray that last beyond the iftari so that ppl can use taht as raita for the rice. As an addition just make one simple salan if you choose.. don't think you need to. Everyone will be stuffed on iftari as is.

      Also, how many ppl are invited to this party?

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      Last night I had an Aftari party and I made spinach quiche, roast chicken, mince meat lasange with mixed veggies, white sauce etc and everything was eaten! Food was a hit esp' lasange and quiches, which everyone went for instead of the pokarays and dari barays etc!! Thank goodness I made a lot of lasange. Its so easy to cook as well.
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      Quote Originally Posted by PSquared View Post
      Mrs Halwaaaaaaaaa...............you forgot CHEESE AND CRACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oops! *very embarassed*
      One must make a mark in this world, if I am remembered for anything, let it be cheese and crackers...

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      I'd add a chaat or dahi baray..
      ..all you need is trust and a little bit of pixie dust!

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      ^ Dahi baray with home-made imli ki chutney! Mmmm! Perfect! Okay me just feeling hungry! Lol!
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      I wouldn't do a biryani. I think it's way too heavy. I would probably go with a pulaao esp. since you are making the gravy dish which sounds kind of heavy.

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      Great suggestion

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      Asak everybody..sorry guys i got busy in my everyday work plus i had a 2 bridals and mehndi parties to do.
      anyways so i had my Iftar party today or yesterday..its 3.36 am here haha.m so tired but still not in bed.

      i read all the replies and i really really appreciate you all helping me..i took some suggestions from you all i just did have time to comment before...
      i really didn't want to do biryani but that family friend brought it so i couldn't say anything.
      everybody loved the food. and it was perfect number of dishes...i have some leftover but no complaints..i can use it later.

      so for iftar i had...
      samose..big hit
      chane ki daal big hit again
      tuna sandwich
      fruit salad
      Dates
      and a friend brought pakore.

      dinner :-
      biryani (aunty )
      dahi phulki
      masala chole ( i was panicking as my husband was late 2 hrs and i had no chicken or lamb in my fridge to cook
      chicken rizala (family recipe
      paneer
      salad..from my SIL
      naan

      Desert:

      kheer
      cream puffs

      so it was all good at the end..and i'm happy now alhumdolillah.

      Thank you all.
      xox

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      I am hosting an iftar party next week and need some ideas for the menu.

      Around 20 girls and the food I would like to serve should be healthy, spicy and tasty

      I was initially thinking of serving keema biryaani with dahi bhadde and salad but thats so traditional.

      share ur ideas plz

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