Weddings are a big affair in India from decoration to food items everything is looked after with great care. In India, around 39% of the population prefers vegetarian food; thus, at weddings, you have to keep the option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. In this article, we will talk about all the choices you can keep on a wedding menu for vegetarian guests.
Here is the list –
1. Paneer Tikka
Ah! This is everyone’s favourite. Paneer is one of the most used ingredients in vegetarian food and let’s face it the majority of the public loves paneer. Paneer tikka is a great option to keep at a wedding, almost the whole preparation can be done prior and when the guests arrive only the roasting part of it is left. Though it is a little expensive option you may also add a lot of vegetables in it like capsicum, tomato and onion. You can even add boiled potatoes to the recipe as it increases the quantity and guests might find it new from regular paneer tikkas.
2. Pani Puri
This is the most famous dish at weddings. It is common but for Indians, this is a must-have dish at all weddings. If you don’t keep it there will be definitely some relatives gossiping about your food menu. Pani Puri is a very easy-to-go option as well and caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Whole preparation can be done prior to the wedding, only the serving part remains when the guests arrive. You can have potato and ragda as the filling option and of course 2 types of water, one that is made of mint leaves and another one made out of Imlis. You can have two workers serving Pani Puri, one can keep filling the puris with potato and ragdas and another one can keep filling the water and serve it to the guest.
You get a lot of options in Chinese. And by adding Chinese to your menu you can say that you had a multi-national cuisine at the wedding. In Chinese, you get options like Manchurian, Chinese bhel, noodles, manchow soup, paneer chilly, veg crispy etc. Chinese is a good option because it can be cooked in large quantities so the caterer won’t have to cook it again and again. So supposedly if you are keeping Manchurian on the menu, the dry balls can be pre-made, vegetables will be pre-cut when the guests start arriving the caterer will just have to fry all of them together in sauces and it will be ready in a matter of few minutes.
Another cuisine to add to your menu is Italian. You can keep pizza and pasta under this section. Red and white pasta would be sufficient and for pizza, you can have all the basic vegetables such as onion, tomato and capsicum as the topping. Pasta is a very easy-to-cook dish with all the preparations done pre hand and pizza would be a great option if you get a large oven which can bake a lot of pizza in one go. Italian cuisine is appreciated by both the younger ones and the elders as well.
5. South Indian cuisine
This is generally found in the breakfast menu but with the changing trends, many people keep it in lunch and dinner menus as well. You can have dosas with a variety of fillings. Instead of keeping the normal Idli, you can keep Thatte Idli which will be something unique to your guests as well. You can also have pineapple sheera as one of the dessert delicacies again something which is not found in regular weddings.
6. Main Course
Under the Main course, you can have different types of bread such as Tandoori roti, Naan or even stuffed kulchas. For Sabzi you can go with 3 dishes with gravy and 2 dry sabzis. For siders, you can have dal dry or dal makhani and of course raita. Jeera rice or pulao can be served as well to make your menu more vast.
7. Dessert menu
You need to have dessert at a wedding. Desserts are there on every celebratory occasion, it marks the happiness at every wedding. And also it is part of the three-course meal. You can have halwas, ghewar, sweets, cakes etc. as options. Ice creams are always great options. Flavours like chocolate, dry fruits and strawberries can be kept. At Indian weddings, you will also find falooda kulfi as one of your options and it is loved by the guests. In Halwa, if you are hosting a winter wedding trust us your guests will appreciate Gajar ka Halwa more than anything!
8. Beverages or drinks
In beverages, you can have different types of juices and shakes, such as watermelon juice, pineapple juice, kiwi juice, etc. A Strawberry shake will be appreciated as well.
So here was a list of ideas which you can have for vegetarians at a wedding.