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Try your hand – 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings

What are the 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings? We wondered and Taj Hotel’s Top Chefs shared specialty dishes from distinct cuisines favoured at weddings from various parts of India.

Indian Weddings - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian Weddings – 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings

They didn’t stop here. These big-hearted culinary wizards also shared how these 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings are prepared with a recipe, especially for our readers! 

The significance and the role of food during these special wedding events is well brought out by these remarkable Chefs who head celebrated kitchens when they shares their rich experience in catering to these celebratory wedding events. 

Insights – Food trends at Indian weddings

Says Executive Chef, Rajesh Wadhwa at Taj Palace, New Delhi, “Food remains one of the most important elements of an Indian wedding celebration, and more often than not, the entire family partakes in the process of selecting the right choice of dishes along with our chefs and weddings specialists.”

He continues, “Menus selections at Indian weddings, therefore, are highly customised and tailor-made to embrace the preferences and expectations of our guests and patrons. Thanks to evolving tastes and acceptance of novel cuisines, wedding menus have seen quite an evolution. The most popular menu selections nowadays are usually an amalgamation of traditional Indian cuisines, regional specialty dishes and International or Asian fare.”

Agrees Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre at Taj City Centre Gurugram,  “Indian weddings are all about togetherness – ceremonies, festivities, celebrations, warmth and hospitality of the host and above all, the highlight is the food!”

Commenting on guest preferences and trends, Executive Chef Nitin Mathur at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai reveals, ” Guests are increasingly opting for small plates with an inclination towards contemporary cuisines featuring Italian Sea Bass, Tortellini, Ravioli, Lamb Chops. There has been a surge in demand for experiences that focuses on ingredient bars which makes for interesting recipes with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Truffles.”

He adds a nugget of information which most Indians know in their hearts: ” However, authentic Indian cuisines remain at the heart of the overall dining experience.”

Amit Chowdhury, Executive Chef, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai says, “In the past, guests came in with pictures of their wedding outfits and flowers for us to replicate in their décor – now they come in with pictures of the food and experiences they’ve had while travelling the world. Indian weddings today are a true reflection of the bride and groom – no two weddings are alike.

He discloses, “Finally, wine paired dinners are a thing of the past. Gen next wants ale with sliders and fish tacos with margaritas and the family is more than happy to help create a unique and exciting wedding.”

Different Specialty Dishes From Distinct Cuisines Favoured At Weddings From Various Parts Of India 

Ram Bagh Palace, Jaipur

Executive Chef Asish Kumar Roy at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur shares that the most in-demand speciality Indian wedding dishes include Laal Maas,  Jungali Maas, Dhundhar Murgh, Dhungar Paneer, Palak Chilgoza Kofta, Chakki Ka Saag, Ker Sangari Ki Subzi, Gatta Currry, Aloo Pyaz Ki Subzi with Bejad Ki Roti

Executive Chef Asish Roy Rambagh Palace Jaipur Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Executive Chef Asish Kumar Roy at Rambagh Palace

Laal Maas

Ingredients:

  • 200 gm Boneless lamb
  • 5 gm Deggi Red chilli powder
  • 5 gm Whole Mathania chilli
  • 12 gm Ginger and Garlic Paste
  • 5 gm Coriander powder
  • 5 gm Whole Garam Masala
  • 20mi Refined vegetable Oil
  • 125 gm Onion slice
  • 20mi Tomato Puree
  • 20 gm Fresh Tomato
  • 4 gm Green Coriander leaves
  • To taste gm Salt

Method:

  • Soak mathania chilli for 5 hrs and make a paste, keep aside.
  • Heat oil and add whole garam masala and let it crackle for few minutes.
  • Add onion slice and sauté till brown; add ginger garlic paste and bhunno (a more traditional Indian sauté style).
  • Add lamb cubes and cook for some time, add Deggi red chilli powder, mathania chilli paste, coriander powder and water enough to cover the lamb and cook till the lamb gets tender.
  • Add tomato puree, fresh tomatoes, and salt to taste, cook till it leaves the fat.
  • Check for the seasoning and finish with fresh coriander leaves.
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Indian weddings- Laal Maas by Executive Chef Asish Kumar Roy at Rambagh Palace

Taj Bengal, Kolkata

Executive Chef Sujoy Gupta at Taj Bengal, Kolkata shares, “At Taj Bengal, Kolkata chaats and golgappas are a must at Indian weddings. Biriyanis from Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata; Appam & Stew and live dosas from the South Indian repertoire are highly preferred.”

He adds, ” Additionally, international favourites such as European ingredient-based grills (Peruvian asparagus, artichokes, avocados), unique Risottos with different grains & pasta, Oriental stir fries, Healthy green salads, burrata and cheeses, live pizzas and Japanese Yakitori & Teppanyaki are also extremely popular.” 

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Executive Chef Sujoy Gupta at Taj Bengal, Kolkata

Beckti Maacher Paturi

Portion Yeild: 04
Preparetion Time: 25 mints

Ingredients

  • Beckti chunks-8nos (each weight 60 Gms)
  • Mustard oil-70 Gms
  • Mustard paste-35gms
  • Black cumin (angelica)-1gm
  • Turmeric Powder-5gms
  • Red chilli powder-5gms
  • Sugar-3gms
  • Salt-To taste
  • Banana leaves-08 no (6inch square)
  • (Cut it into squares and put on hot griddle for ½ a minute to make it soft)

Method

  • Cut and clean the beckti chunks.
  • Marinate it with 25gms of mustard oil, black cumin, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, & salt. Keep aside for an hour.
  • Now add mustard paste, sugar & remaining 25 Gms of mustard oil.
  • Adjust the seasoning & again keep aside for half an hour.
  • Take individual fish chunks & wrap it in banana leaves.
  • Put it in the steamer for 8-10 minutes or until the fish is cooked.
  • Steam the wrapped fish chunks just before the serving.
  • Serve hot.
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Indian weddings- Beckti Maacher Paturi by Executive Chef Sujoy Gupta at Taj Bengal, Kolkata

Taj Palace, New Delhi

Executive Chef, Rajesh Wadhwa at Taj Palace, New Delhi reveals, ““Our hotel’s culinary repertoire in the events space ranges from the authentic to the contemporary. From traditional regional cuisines like Punjabi, Marwari, Kashmiri and Awadhi to revered international flavours such as French, Italian, Vietnamese and Sichuan to name a few. Our culinary team is proficient in creating the flavours of one’s choice.”

He adds, ” Specialised and lesser-known fare such as Martaban Ka Khana, thaali-based experiences and Himachali Dhaam experiences have of late become hugely popular at Indian weddings.”

Wadhwa continues, ” For those looking at something more contemporary, we also create menus with fun elements like interactive sushi counters, live hot smoked salmon, hot iron grills, Indian tempura, live Latieng, DIY taco stations etc. We can also recreate menus from our iconic restaurants such as the Orient Express, with its legendary Camembert Souffle and Oyster Bar or Spicy Duck, with its array of authentic dumplings and Peking Duck.”

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Executive Chef, Rajesh Wadhwa at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Dahi Ke Kebab

Ingredients

  • Hung curd-250 gms
  • Chopped onions-50 gms
  • Chopped fresh ginger-10 gms
  • Chopped fresh green chillies-5 gms
  • Chopped fresh green coriander-10 gms
  • Salt-5 gms
  • Cumin powder-10 gms
  • Fenugreek powder-5 gms
  • Black salt-2 gms
  • Rice flour-15 gms
  • Cooking oil or Olive oil-10 gms

Method

  1. In a pan, heat around 2 ml of the oil. Add the chopped onions, chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and sauté. Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the hung curd with the sautéed onions mixture. Add the spices – cumin powder, fenugreek powder, black salt, chopped green coriander, rice flour and salt. Mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into small sized balls and flatten to create small patties.
  4. Shallow fry the patties till light golden brown in colour.
  5. Serve hot with mint sauce
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Indian weddings- Dahi Ke Kebab by Executive Chef, Rajesh Wadhwa at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Taj Mahal, New Delhi

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Executive Sous Chef Rajesh Singh – Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Dal Makhani

Ingredients

  • Black urad dal – 80 gms
  • Cream – 40 gms
  • Deggi chilli powder – 10 gms
  • Butter – 50 gms
  • Salt – 5 gms
  • Kasuri methi – 5 gms
  • Tomato puree – 80 gms
  • Hing – 2 gms
  • Ginger – 15 gms
  • Garlic – 15 gms

Preparation

  • Wash and soak urad dal overnight in water.
  • Change the water and then keep the lentils to boiling on simmering in a thick bottom container along with salt, some butter and deggi chilli for 10-12 Hours and let it temper until smooth.
  • Take a pan and add some butter and then ginger and garlic paste and cook.
  • Now add tomato puree and cook. Once it is done, add it to the boiled dal, cook it till it gets thickens.
  • Finish the dal with cream and remaining butter and sprinkle kasuri methi.
  • Serve hot with Indian bread and green salad.
Dal Makhani Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Dal Makhani by Executive Sous Chef Rajesh Singh – Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Gosht ki Biryani

Ingredients

  • Mutton dumba curry – 200 gms
  • Basmati rice – 100 gms
  • Onions –  20 gms
  • Cloves – 3 gms
  • Green cardamom – 9  gms
  • Salt –  20  gms
  • Cinnamon stick – 6  gms
  • Curd –  75  gms
  • Ghee –  20  gms
  • Full cream milk –  10  gms
  • Saffron –  0.1  gms
  • Garlic –  10  gms
  • Green chilli –  5  gms
  • Ginger –  5  gms
  • Mint –  10 gms
  • Coriander –  10 gms
  • Deggi  mirch – 5  gms

Preparation

  • Clean and wash lamb.
  • Marinade the lamb with ginger garlic paste,salt and red chilli powder.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours take out the marinated lamb and marinate with the second marination with cinnamon powder, cloves powder, cardamom powder, mint, yoghurt, green chilli, brown onion and ginger.
  • Take a thick bottom pan and boil water adding cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, bay leaf and salt.
  • Add rice when water is boiling.
  • Take another thick bottom pan and place the marinated lamb in that pan.
  • Place the pan on simmer heat and add rice when 30% cooked.
  • Cover the rice with mint, saffron, ghee and brown onion.
  • Cover the pan with aluminium foil and increase the flame for 10 minutes.
  • After 15 mins again simmer the flame and keep it for another 20 minutes.
  • After 20 mins remove from heat and let it be covered for 1 hour.
  • Serve hot.
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Indian weddings- Gosht ki Biryani by Executive Sous Chef Rajesh Singh – Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Taj City Centre Gurugram

Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre at Taj City Centre Gurugram, shares, “Our guests prefer a diverse menu with dishes from across the country and the result is a rich, colourful spread. Some of the stellar dishes that are always in demand include Gosht RoganjoshHyderabadi Dum BiryaniDum Aloo KashmiriDahi GujiyaDal PeshawariMurgh KormaAnjeer Badam Ka KoftaBadam Ka Halwa, Beetroot Halwa and even the Baked Lancha.” 

He goes on to say, “India, for time immemorial, has been known for its rich and diverse culinary map and we try to recreate the same on weddings. Popular regional dishes include Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Roganjosh, Nadru Yakhni from Kashmir; Chettinad Chicken, Chicken 65, Appam and Stew from Chennai; Aleppy Fish Curry from Kerala. Other star dishes like Lal Maas, Safed Maas, Dal Bati Churma are usually served in Marwari weddings.”

Thakre adds more information, “Since the hotel is home to the legendary Thai pavilion, a revered name in Thai fine dining, we offer an exquisite Siam inspired menu as well. Live counters with the classic Thai curries and salads and all-time favourites like Tub Tim Grob and Mango Sticky Rice are immensely popular when it comes to menus for Indian weddings.”

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Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre at Taj City Centre Gurugram

Beetroot Halwa

Ingredients

  • Beetroot (grated)-500 Gms / 3 Cubes
  • Full cream milk -3 Cups
  • Sugar-6 Tbsp
  • Ghee-3 Tbsp
  • Green cardamom, powdered -5 – 6 Nos.
  • Whole cashews-15 – 20 Nos.
  • Raisins -1 Tbsp

Method

  1. Rinse, peel and grate the beetroot.
  2. In a kadai on deep thick bottomed pan, combine milk and grated beetroot.
  3. On a low-medium flame, bring the whole mixture to boil and then simmer.
  4. Keep on stirring at intervals when the mixture comes to a boil and while it simmers as well.
  5. The grated beetroot will cook in the milk and the mil will start to reduce and evaporate.
  6. When the milk has 75 – 80% reduced, add the ghee and sugar to the halwa mixture.
  7. Stir well and continue to simmer and cook on a low flame.
  8. Do keep stirring the beetroot halwa in between.
  9. Towards the end, add the cashews, cardamom powder and raisins. Simmer till all the milk is evaporated. Switch off the burner.
  10. Serve hot, warm or chilled as you wish.    
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Indian weddings- Beetroot Halwa by Executive Chef Abhijeet Thakre at Taj City Centre Gurugram

Taj Mahal, Lucknow

Executive Chef Nagendra Singh at Taj Mahal, Lucknow points out, ” Awadhi cuisine is well known throughout India. Over centuries, the Nawabs of Lucknow raised cooking to a fine art, where flavors are subtle and aromatic. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes include a variety of salans, quormas, kebabs, biryanis along with delicate Indian breads. Awadhi cuisine also has its very own sweets, to be had by itself or after a very satiating meal.”

He adds, Popular dishes in Indian weddings includes stellar options like Galawat Kebab, Murg Awadhi Korma, Gosht Dum Biryani, Gosht Awadhi Korma, Baigan Mirchi Ka Salan, Dal Ke Kebab, Hara Tawa Kebab, Sheermal, Sevian Ka Muzzafar, Shahi Tukra, Annas Ka Zarda.”

Executive Chef Nagendra Singh Taj Mahal Lucknow Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Executive Chef Nagendra Singh at Taj Mahal, Lucknow

Galawat Kebab

Ingredients

  • Mutton mince-1000gm
  • Papaya(raw)-100 gm
  • Lamb fat-100 gm
  • Roasted gram flour-75 gm
  • Red chilli pwd.-10 gm
  • Salt-To  taste
  • Ginger& garlic paste-20  gm
  • Fat/vegetable oil-100gm
  • Lemon-2no
  • Onion-2no

Galawat Masala:-

Ingredients

  • Black  cardamom-5  gm
  • Peppercorns-10  gm
  • Cloves-3  gm
  • Mace and small cardmom powder-3    gm
  • Cinnamon pwd.-3  gm
  • Nutmeg pwd.-3  gm
  • All spice powder-10  gm
  • Potli masala-25 gm

Preparation

  1. Make Galawat masala by grinding the entire ingredient together for masala.
  2. Cut the lemon wedges and onion roundels for garnish.

Method:-

  1. Pass the mutton and lamb fat through a mincer for about 3-4 times to make a fine paste.
  2. Make  the  fine  paste  of  raw  papaya  and  add  into  the  mutton  mince .
  3. Then  add  the  roasted  gram  flour  powder  , red  chili  powder , salt , ginger & garlic  paste .
  4. Mix  the  Galawat  masala  into  the  above  mixture , make  a  well in  the  center  and  place  a  live  coal  with  some  fat  and  clove  for  smoking  and  cover  immediately, this  will  impart  an  unique  smoky  flavor  to  the  meat .
  5. In  a  sauce-pan  heat  some  vegetable  oil,  make  round medallions  of  the  lamb mixture of  about  60  gm  each  and  place  them  over  the  pan , cook  on  both  side  till  well  done.
  6. Serve hot with onions roundels and lemon wedges
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Indian weddings- Galawat Kebab by Executive Chef Nagendra Singh at Taj Mahal, Lucknow

President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions

Chef Raghuram Reddy, Executive Sous Chef, President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions says, “Many of our clients are taking advantage of having choice and serving their guests Indian, South Indian, Italian, Continental, Thai and special Jain menu. We also see a trend where the guests at Indian weddings are willing to have more vegetarian options. With customized menus from Italian cuisine to our very own Indian delicacies, the clients end up choosing multi-cuisine  for their guests.”

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Indian weddings – Executive Sous Chef Raghuram Reddy, President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions

Gaeng Kiewn Warn Je

Ingredients – For curry paste

  • Thai ginger-15gm
  • Lemon grass-15gms
  • Onion-10gm
  • Garlic-10gm
  • Skin of makroot fruit-5gms
  • Roasted cumin seeds-5gms
  • Roasted coriander seeds-5gms
  • Green chillies -10gms
  • Long green chillies -50gm

Green curry paste

First prepare the green curry paste, mix all the ingredients and make a smooth paste. Cook it on low flame and cool it

For curry

  • Coconut milk-50gms
  • Cauliflower cubed (blanched)-10gms
  • Baby corn roundle (blanched)-10gms
  • Brocolli cubed (blanched)-10gms
  • Carrot -10gms
  • Zucchini-10gms
  • Long beans -10gms
  • French Beans-10gms
  • Tofu-40gms
  • Makwa-3gms
  • Makroot-2gms
  • Basil-10gms

Procedure – for curry

  1. Blanch the vegetables
  2. Cook the green curry paste add coconut milk
  3. Add the vegetables
  4. Add makwa , basil and makroot leaves
  5. Adjust the seasoning and add fresh coconut milk
  6. Serve hot garnished with coconut milk
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Indian weddings – Gaeng Kiewn Warn Je by Executive Sous Chef Raghuram Reddy, President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions

Corn Cake – Thord Man Khao Phod

Ingredients

For Corn Cake

  • White Corn – 100 gms
  • American Corn – 50 gms
  • Corn Flour – 10 gms
  • Sugar – 20 gms
  • Salt – 10 gms
  • Root Paste – 10 gms
  • Makroot Juliene – 05 gms

For Red Curry Paste

  • Thai Ginger – 15 gms
  • Lemon Gradd – 15 gms
  • Onion – 10 gms
  • Garlic – 10 gms
  • Skin of Makroot fruit – 05 gms
  • Roasted cmin seeds – 05 gms
  • Roasted coriander seeds – 05 gms
  • Kashmiri chillies (whole) – 10 gms
  • Reshampatti chillies (whole) – 20 gms

For Red Curry paste – First prepare the red curry paste, mixed all the ingredient together and make a paste of it, cook it in low flame and cool it

Blanch the American corn and clean the white corn under running water

Procedure

  • Take out the extra water from corn
  • Grind the corn very fine
  • Add corn flour, sugar, salt, root paste, Makroot julienne and red curry paste
  • Mix it properly and check the seasoning
  • Make round cake which is smaller in size
  • Deep fry and serve
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Indian weddings – Corn Cake – Thord Man Khao Phod by Executive Sous Chef Raghuram Reddy, President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions

Malfatti

Ingredients

  • Soinach – 300 gms
  • Ricotta Cheese – 140 gms
  • Parmesan cheese = 30 gms
  • Nutmeg – 05 gms
  • Salt – 05 gms
  • Wheat flour – 08 gms
  • Butter – 08 gms
  • Milk – 80 ml
  • Tomato – 100 gms
  • Garlic – 10 gms
  • Onion – 20 gms
  • Carrots – 20 gms
  • Celery – 10 gms
  • Rosemary – 05 gms
  • Olive oil – 10 gms

Procedure

  • To make the Malfatti, wilt the spinach down with a splash of water and a pinch of salt. Transfer to a sieve and allow to cool
  • Once cool, squeeze out as much water as you can from the spinach, then finely chop
  • Place the ricotta in a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients nutmeg, parmesan and salt and mix well until everything is evenly incorporated
  • Roll the mixture into individual balls 30 grams each
  • Make the Aurora sauce by adding olive oil in a heated saucepan. Once hot add in onion and cook for 5 minutes, stir occasionally
  • Add in garlic, chopped carrot, celery, rosemary  and further add chopped tomatoes
  • Add in stock and let it cook for half hour over medium heat while stirring occasionally
  • When the consistency of sauce changes to thick, strain the Aurora sauce
  • Make roux mixture by combing butter flour and add same to the strained liquid

Serving

  • While serving take Malfati ball in plate four in number and pour this Aurora sauce over it
  • Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over it
  • You can choose to bake the Malfati in oven or it can be heated in micro oven also
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Indian weddings- Malfatti by Executive Sous Chef Raghuram Reddy, President, Mumbai-IHCL SeleQtions

Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Speaking of preferred cuisines at Indian weddings Executive Chef Nitin Mathur at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai shares, “Asian delicacies such as the Vietnamese Rolls, Dim Sums, Baos and a variety of Stir Fry continues to dominate the menus. We also recreate signature recipes such as Peking Duck, Pork Belly, Chicken Chilli Oyster and Mapo Tofu from our Chinese specialty restaurant China Inc.”

He goes on to say, “Regional cuisine styles such as Kair Sangri, Dal Baati Churma, Gaatte Ka Saag, Alleppey Fish Curry, Malabari Fish Curry, Appam, Idiyappam and Stew, Kosha Mangsho, Shukto, Chingri Malai Curry are widely sought out delicacies. It is safe to say that guests enjoy the recipes as much with their eyes and hence the team is extremely careful with plating and presentation of each dish served. It has become imperative to captivate their attention at a time when a picture speaks louder. However, it is equally important to maintain the authenticity of the dish being served on the table.”

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Executive Chef Nitin Mathur at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Truffle Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • Zucchini 250gms
  • Fresh truffle slices 5 gms
  • Truffle oil 1 tablespoon
  • Extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons
  • Minced garlic 20gms
  • Crushed red pepper flakes 5 gms
  • Tomatoes 50 gms
  • Parmesan cheese 60 gms
  • Basil leaves 30gms
  • Unsalted butter 60 gms
  • Salt To taste

Method

Prepare Zucchini Spaghetti

  • Trim and spiral the zucchini with the use of vegetable spiral machine. Cut extra-long zucchini to match the length of pasta spaghetti.

Prepare Sauce

  1. Take a large deep pan. Add olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Turn to medium heat and sauté them well.
  2. Add and toss the zucchini spaghetti with pasta tongs and cook until al dente — they should be wilted, but still to have a crunch
  3. Do not let the zucchini cook any longer or else they will become extra soft & tender, keep stirring so that all the zucchini gets cooked evenly.
  4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, torn basil, and grated parmesan cheese. Cook for one minute.
  5. Use pasta tongs and swirl zucchini spaghetti with tomatoes, and basil into serving plate.
  6. Let the left extract be in the pan and simmer it further. Add butter and let it emulsify
  7. Taste the sauce and season with salt. Pour the sauce over ready zucchini spaghetti.
  8. Finish with truffle oil, parmesan sleeves and truffle shavings on ready zucchini spaghetti and serve immediately.
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Indian weddings- Truffle Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Spaghetti by Executive Chef Nitin Mathur at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Iddiyappam

Ingredients

  • Rice flour 2 cups dry roast for 7-8 mts on low flame
  • Boiling water 2 cups
  • Salt To taste
  • Ghee 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut 1/2 cup

Method For Making Idiyappam

  1. Bring 2 and 1/2 cups of salted water and ghee to a boil. Keep aside 1/2 cup of water (to be used while kneading the dough).
  2. Slowly pour the hot water (2 cups) into the rice flour and mix with a wooden spoon to bring it all together. Place lid and leave aside for 15 minutes.
  3. While the dough is resting, grease the Idiyappam maker and the Idli plates. Sprinkle little grated coconut into each depression of the Idli plate and keep aside.
  4. The dough will be easier to handle once the heat reduces. Knead the mixture into a smooth yet firm dough, adding 2-3 tbsps of hot water while kneading.
  5. Make a cylindrical shape of the dough and place into the Idiyappam maker. Press the dough through sieve to get thread texture. Put like mini swirls in Idli mould.
  6. Steam for 12-15 minutes and allow to cool a bit. Serve with Chicken Ceylon Curry.

Tips:

To prepare Idiyappam flour – soak 2 cups rice in water for 4 hours. Drain the water and spread the rice on a thin cloth. Allow to dry for half an hour to an hour. Once it is almost dry, grind to a fine powder. Sieve the powder and dry roast it on low flame for 7-9 minutes. Homemade Idiyappam flour is ready

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Indian weddings- Chicken Ceylon Curry and Iddiyappam by Executive Chef Nitin Mathur at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Chicken Ceylon Curry

Ingredients

  • 450 gms chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into large strips
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tbl spoon red chilly powder
  • 1 tbl spoon ginger garlic paste
  • 100g onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh root ginger, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, kept whole but slit lengthways
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh coriander, chopped, for garnish

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the sliced onions, curry leaves, ginger, mustard seeds and slit green chilli. Fry for two minutes
  2. Add the ginger garlic paste and cook for 3 more minutes
  3. Sprinkle in some water if the mixture begins to stick
  4. Add the chicken, reduce the heat and sauté for 5 minutes
  5. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
  6. Adjust the seasoning by adding sugar and lemon juice
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with Idiyappam

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Amit Chowdhury, Executive Chef – The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai says, “ While we are happy to offer signature dishes from some of our iconic restaurants like Zodiac Grill, Wasabi by Morimoto, Souk and Golden Dragon – more often than not, we are reinventing our repertoire based on what a guest desires.”

He reveals, ” Elaborate buffet set-ups have made way for small-plates and bite-sized canapes so that invitees can experience the whole world in one evening. Finally, wine paired dinners are a thing of the past. Gen next wants ale with sliders and fish tacos with margaritas and the family is more than happy to help create a unique and exciting wedding.”

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Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Lackha seekh

Ingredients

  • American corn -200-Gm
  • Ghee -25-Gm
  • Jeera -5-Gm
  • Chop ginger -5-Gm
  • Chop chili-5-Gm
  • Turmeric powder-2-Gm
  • Cumin powder-5-Gm
  • Gram masala -5-Gm
  • Yellow chili powder-10-Gm
  • Salt-5-Gm
  • Grated paneer -30-Gm
  • Fried potato -30-Gm
  • Kasoori methi-10-Gm

Procedure

  1. Heat ghee in a pan
  2. Add jeera, chop chili, ginger, kasoori methi, saute for a while.
  3. Add corn and remaining spices
  4. Add fried potato. Cool it, chop in buffalo chopper coarsley.
  5. In a bowl add grated paneer and bread crumb to this mixture.
  6. Skewer it and cook it tandoor.
01 Laccha Seekh Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Lackha seekh by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Tandoori salmon

Ingredients

  • Pink Salmon (or any boneless fish)- 300 -Gm
  • Mustard oil-20 -Gm
  • Jeera powder-5 -Gm
  • Red chili paste -20 -Gm
  • Red chili powder-5 -Gm
  • Kasoori methi powder-3 -Gm
  • Garam masala powder-3 -Gm
  • Hung curd-50 -Gm
  • Salt-10 -Gm
  • Lemon juice-5 -Gm
  • Ginger paste-10 -Gm
  • Garlic paste-10 -Gm

Procedure

1st marination:

  1. Marinate the salmon with lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic paste, mustard oil.

2nd marination:

  1. Mix the hung curd, red chilly powder, chilly paste, jeera powder, garam masala, kasoori methi powder and smoothen it .
  2. Apply this to the salmon and coat it properly and rest for a while.
  3. Cook the salmon in the tandoor. Serve hot.
04 Tandoori salmon Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Tandoori salmon by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Lucknowi seekh

Ingredients

  • Lamb chunks-300-Gm
  • Lamb fat-100-Gm
  • Salt-5-Gm
  • Chili powder-15-Gm
  • Chopped ginger-3-Gm
  • Chopped green chili-3-Gm
  • Fried onion-60-Gm
  • Garam masala powder-20-Gm
  • Coriander stem-50-Gm
  • Garlic cloves -10-Gm

Procedure:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and put them through a mincer. The mixture should be coarse and not too fine.
  2. Apply the mix on a seekh and cook over a grill.
  3. Serve hot.
06 Lucknowi Seekh Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Lucknowi seekh by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Kalimirch ka jheenga

Ingredients

  • Big white prawns (16-20 pc / kg)-300-Gms
  • Salt -10-Gms
  • Ginger paste-5-Gms
  • Garlic paste-5-Gms
  • Kasoori methi powder-5-Gms
  • Hung curd-50-Gms
  • Lemon juice-5-Gms
  • Cashew gravy-100-Gms
  • Fresh cream -25-Gms
  • Butter-25-Gms
  • Black pepper-25-Gms
  • Garam masala powder-3-Gms

Procedure

Marination:

  1. Marinate the prawns with lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic paste.
  2. Mix the hung curd, red chilly powder, chilly paste, jeera powder, garam masala, kasoori methi powder and smoothen it .
  3. Apply this to the prawns and coat it properly and rest for a while.
  4. Cook the prawns in the tandoor and keep aside.

For gravy:

  1. Heat butter, add cashew gravy, kasoori methi powder, salt, jeera powder, black pepper powder and the prawn pieces.
  2. Add the fresh cream , sprinkle garam masala powder, adjust seasoning , and serve hot.
Kalimirch ka jheenga by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Kalimirch ka jheenga by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Murgh masaledar bombay biryani

Ingredients

  • Chicken curry cut- 400 -Gm
  • Ginger paste- 15 -Gm
  • Garlic paste- 15 -Gm
  • Green cardamom- 1 -Gm
  • Black cardamom- 1 -Gm
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 -Gm
  • Cloves- 1 -Gm
  • Javitri powder- 1 -Gm
  • Black peppercorn- 1 -Gm
  • Red chilly powder- 5 -Gm
  • Slit green chilly- 5 -Gm
  • Mint leaves- 3 -Gm
  • Cream – 30 -Gm
  • Milk- 150 -Gm
  • Ghee- 200 -Gm
  • Shahi jeera- 1 -Gm
  • Saffron – 1 -Gm
  • Rice – 200 -Gm
  • Curd- 100 -Gm
  • Rose water- 5 -Gm
  • Kewra water- 5 -Gm
  • Mutton stock- 250 -Gm
  • Oil-100-Ml
  • Eggs-60-Gm

Procedure:

  1. Dry roast the saffron in a pan, taking care it does not burn, crush it and then soak in hot water.
  2. Boil the eggs and keep aside

For gravy:

  1. Marinate the chicken with jeera powder, salt, lemon juice, mint, brown onion, ginger garlic paste, curd , red chili powder.
  2. Heat ghee, add the whole spices, then the brown onion, and the chicken and sear for a while.
  3. Now, add the slit green chilies, mint leaves, brown onion and shahi jeera saffron water and javitri- elaichi powder and boiled eggs.

For rice:

  1. Heat water, add whole spices, salt and  rose water and kewra water.
  2. add the rice and cook till 80% done.

For biryani:

  1. Now spread this rice evenly over the gravy and pour saffron on top.
  2. Cover the vessel with silver foil and cook for about 20 mins .
  3. Serve hot.
19 Murgh Masaledar Bombay Biryani Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Murgh masaledar bombay biryani by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Chilgoza Falli Shatavari

Ingredients

  • Oil-30-Ml
  • Cumin seeds-2-G
  • Chopped garlic-5-G
  • Chopped onion-10-G
  • Ginger juliene-2-G
  • Red chilly powder-3-G
  • Tomato paste -40-G
  • Asparagus-60-G
  • Haricot beans-60-G
  • Jeera powder-5-G
  • Chat masala-3-G
  • Chopped coriander-5-G
  • Deggi chili powder-2-G
  • Cherry tomato -5-G
  • Pine nuts-10-G

Procedure

  1. Heat oil, add whole jeera, chopped garlic, asparagus, and sauté. Add little water so as to blanch the asparagus, and add chili powder.
  2. Add haricot beans, makhni gravy, jeera powder, chat masala and sauté.
  3. Add slit cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, adjust seasoning, add chopped coriander and serve hot.
09 Chilgoza Falli Shatavari Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Chilgoza Falli Shatavari by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Nadru Singhade Ka Chowgra

Ingredients

  • Oil-30-Ml
  • Whole red chilly-3-Gm
  • Black pepper crushed-2-Gm
  • Curry leaves-3-Gm
  • Chopped garlic-5-Gm
  • Chopped onion-10-Gm
  • Ginger julienne-2-Gm
  • Red chilly powder-3-Gm
  • Lahori gravy-40-Gm
  • Makhni gravy-40-Gm
  • Nadru blanched-20-Gm
  • Singhada blanched-20-Gm
  • Chopped coriander-5-Gm
  • Coconut milk-15-Ml
  • Jeera powder-3-Gm
  • Garam masala powder-2-Gm
  • Chat masala-2-Gm

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil, add black pepper, whole red chilly, chopped onion, chopped garlic, ginger julienne, curry leaves and sauté.
  2. Add the nadru and singhada, red chilly powder and toss. Then add lahori and makhni gravy, salt, jeera powder, garam masala, chat masala.
  3. Finish with coconut milk, adjust seasoning, add chopped coriander and serve hot.
12 Nadru singhede ka chowgra Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Nadru Singhade Ka Chowgra by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Khajur badam ka halwa

Ingredients

  • Almond powder-200-G
  • Ghee-80-G
  • Sugar-50-G
  • Dates-20-G
  • Elaichi powder-5-G

Procedure:

  1. Mix the almond powder, and ghee and dry roast well together in a wok on slow heat till the mixture cooks well and ghee starts to separate from the flour.
  2. Then add sugar and cook
  3. Then mix in chopped dates, elaichi powder.
  4. Serve hot.
21 Khajur Badam ka Halwa Try your hand - 20 most popular dishes at Indian weddings
Indian weddings- Khajur badam ka halwa by Executive Chef Amit Chowdhury at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

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