Indian Dinner Party Menu Ideas (Vegetarian)

Are you in search of crowd-pleasing Indian vegetarian dinner or lunch party menu ideas for a casual get-together or festive occasion with family and friends? Look no further! We have curated a list of popular...

Are you in search of crowd-pleasing Indian vegetarian dinner or lunch party menu ideas for a casual get-together or festive occasion with family and friends? Look no further! We have curated a list of popular recipes for drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, along with some tips to help you plan your next party. Many of the recipes shared below can be prepared in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or Air Fryer, making your life even easier.

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India's geographical and cultural diversity is wonderfully reflected in its cuisine, which is perhaps the primary reason why Indian food is regarded as superior to that of other nations. Each Indian state offers a veritable rainbow of cuisines and ingredients, with homemade spices that add a unique touch to the dishes.

From a simple dinner to an extravagant party, Indian cuisine never fails to tantalize your taste buds. The mouthwatering curries, spicy fries, biryani, and parathas work their magic, captivating you with their flavors and aromas. So, get ready to explore the world of Indian cuisine, filled with vibrant spices and mouthwatering flavors.

Every Indian meal, whether it's paneer makhani, masala chaap, rajma masala, or veg biryani, is a fusion of spirited ingredients and diverse cooking methods. So, without further ado, let's dive into some Indian dinner recipes that are perfect to spruce up your party menu! Read on to discover the recipes below.

What to Consider in the Indian Dinner Party Menu

A bit of planning is key to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here are a few things to consider when organizing your Indian dinner party:

  • Keep it simple: Avoid experimenting with new dishes on the day of the party.
  • Pick a date: Inform your guests at least 7-10 days ahead of time.
  • Make a guest list: Calculate the total number of adults, kids, and elderly people attending.
  • Check for dietary restrictions: Politely ask your guests in advance if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  • Avoid duplication: Ensure that the menu doesn't overlap with the same guests from previous parties.
  • Decide on cooking or ordering: Determine whether you plan to cook all the items yourself or order some food from outside.

Indian Drinks Recipes (Pick 1 or 2)

Serve a refreshing drink alongside your delicious Indian meal. Here are a few drink options to consider:

  • Mango Lassi
  • Sweet Lassi
  • Mango Milkshake
  • Strawberry Orange Punch
  • Strawberry Lassi
  • Rooh Afza Drink
  • Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade)
  • Fresh Lime Soda
  • Jal Jeera
  • Mango Mojito
  • Masala Chai
  • Adrak Wali Chai (Ginger Tea)
  • Coffee
  • Masala Chaas
  • Juice for kids

Indian Appetizers/Snacks (Pick 2 or 3)

Start off your party with some mouthwatering Indian appetizers or snacks. Choose from the following options:


  • Paneer Tikka
  • Tandoori Gobi
  • Malai Broccoli
  • Tandoori Broccoli
  • Tandoori Aloo Tikka
  • Tofu Tikka
  • Tandoori Paneer Naan Pizza


  • Gobi Manchurian
  • Hakka Noodles
  • Chili Paneer


  • Pani Puri (Golgappa)
  • Dahi Papdi Chaat
  • Avocado Pani Puri
  • Bhel Puri
  • Dahi Puri
  • Sev Puri
  • Corn Bhel
  • Avocado Papdi Chaat
  • Makhana Bhel
  • Boiled Peanut Chaat
  • Dahi Balla Chaat/Dahi Vada
  • Samosa Chaat


  • Creamy Tomato Soup
  • Sweet Corn Soup
  • Broccoli Spinach Soup


  • Bombay Potatoes
  • Makhana Chivda
  • Barbeque Nation Cajun Potatoes
  • Onion Pakoda
  • Spinach Corn Pakoda
  • Podi Idli
  • Air Fryer-Roasted Chickpeas
  • Rava Dhokla
  • Khaman Dhokla
  • Veg Puff
  • Fresh or Frozen Samosa
  • Fresh or Frozen Spring Rolls

You can also find a variety of appetizers available at Indian grocery stores, such as cocktail samosas, kachori, and vada. Simply deep fry or air fry them before serving.


Many Indian finger food appetizers taste even better with dipping sauces or chutneys. Additionally, since Indian meals can be spicy, it's essential to have a cooling accompaniment like raita (yogurt dip).

Chutneys or Dips for Appetizers (Pick 1 or 2)

  • Cilantro Mint Chutney
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Tandoori Mint Yogurt Sauce
  • Chili Garlic Chutney
  • Greek Yogurt Dip
  • Sour Cream Dip

Chutneys for a South Indian Meal (Pick 1)

  • Coconut Coriander Chutney
  • Coconut Chutney
  • Onion Tomato Chutney
  • Peanut Chutney

Raitas (Pick 1)

  • Boondi Raita
  • Cucumber Raita
  • Onion-tomato Raita
  • Avocado Raita
  • Beetroot Raita

You may also consider serving salads alongside the main course. Here are some salad options to choose from:

Salads (Pick 1)

  • Simply chopped carrots, cucumbers, tomato, and onions
  • Kachumber
  • Boiled Peanut Salad
  • Sprouts Salad
  • Chickpea Cucumber Salad
  • Watermelon Salad with Mint
  • Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

For the bread lovers, Indian flatbreads are a perfect addition to the meal. Choose from the following options:

Indian Flatbreads (Pick 1)

  • Rotis (homemade or store-bought)
  • Parathas
  • Pooris
  • Plain or Garlic Naan (store-bought)

Curries (Pick 3-4)

When it comes to curries, it's a good idea to include a variety of options. Typically, I serve at least one lentil-based dish, one bean curry, and one paneer or vegetable side dish/curry.

Lentils Based Curries (Pick 1)

  • Dal Tadka
  • Moong Dal Fry
  • Raw Mango Dal
  • Rasam
  • Sambar

Bean Based Curries (Pick 1)

  • Chana Masala
  • Rajma
  • Dal Makhani

Paneer or Vegetable Side Dishes/Curries (Pick 1-2)

Here are some Indian paneer and vegetarian curries to choose from:

  • Paneer Butter Masala
  • Palak Paneer or Palak Tofu
  • Matar Paneer
  • Paneer Makhana Curry
  • Paneer Jalfrezi
  • Vegetable Kurma
  • Aloo Gobi
  • Aloo Matar
  • Bombay Potato Sagu
  • Vegetable Sagu

Rice and Biryani (Pick 1-2)

Include a flavorful rice or biryani dish to complement your curries. Here are some options:

  • Basmati Rice
  • Jeera Rice
  • Vegetable Pulao Karnataka style
  • Paneer Matar Pulao
  • Ghee Rice
  • Peas Pulao
  • Bisi Bele Bath
  • Vegetable Biryani
  • Paneer Biryani
  • Chickpea Biryani

Dessert (Pick 1-2)

End your Indian dinner party on a sweet note with a delectable dessert. Here are some Indian desserts to choose from:

  • Rice Kheer
  • Semiya Kheer
  • Badam Halwa
  • Carrot Halwa or Beetroot Halwa
  • Shrikhand
  • Besan Ladoo
  • Instant Coconut Ladoo
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Rasmalai
  • Vermicelli Kheer
  • Fruit Custard
  • Rava Ladoo
  • Paneer Kheer

You can also include store-bought desserts such as cakes, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream to offer more variety.

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