What to Serve at Your Next Dholki
Be it the sweltering, record breaking heat or the coldest it has ever been in history, every season is a shaadi season in Pakistan. Is it because we have an ever growing population or because even in tough times Pakistanis know how to live life to the fullest, we shall never know, but we sure know how to throw a party. Weddings here are not to be taken casually. Besides the three main functions, there are about hazaar dholkis and dance practices leading up to the main event. Usually including friends and cousins of the bride and groom, these events need to be a success in order to have a memorable wedding that is talked about for years. And what better to make any event a success than food! Given below are a collection of mazedaar recipes, both desi and some a little hatke, that will have your guests smiling and singing.
1. Lemon Bars
The perfect replacement for boring old mithai, lemon bars are easy to make in bulk and can be stored in containers to serve later. They can bring color to your table and give you all the bragging rights. Extremely light and not too heavy on the stomach, trust me when I say they will be devoured in a few minutes, so you should probably make an extra batch just in case. Find the recipe here.
2. Halwa Puri
To make anything more festive, halwa puri is a Pakistanis secret weapon. Nobody can ever say no to khasta puris, garam chane and suji ka halwa, no matter what time. A safe choice and with this easy to make recipe, serve this to make your occasion an even happier one! Find the recipe here.
3. Hummus with Pita Bread
This one might not seem like the most traditional option, but trust me, as a twenty one year old who has had her fair share of dance practices, the last thing we want after we’ve been dancing for hours is to get our hands dirty with grease and oil. Anything too heavy would come right back up. This finger food makes it easier for the people serving and dancing to just keep picking it off of serving platters. And with this recipe, the host will be one happy camper.
4. Twice Baked Potatoes
This one is for our readers who are looking for a more ‘velaiti’ approach than the traditional desi menu. As easy to make as they are delicious to eat, you can make it a little fancier by adding toppings of different type of cheese, olives, and mushrooms or keep it as simple as you want. This is another one I’d like to put in the category of finger food that is extremely convenient to eat and saves you time washing dishes later. Find the recipe here.
5. Popcorn Chicken
This item is literally as easy to make and eat as pakore, but is more filling and exciting. Coming from a huge family I know the importance of keeping the kids of the family happy. Nobody wants loud, cranky, crying kids running around and stressing their mothers out. So, to avoid this, try this easy recipe that will not only be a hit amongst the kids but will have the adults asking for more as well.
6. Beef Chapli Kebabs
Ordinarily we opt for barbecue items more than anything especially for wedding gatherings since they are a safe option. But as they say, safe is boring, the same old botis, tikka and naan can be so tedious. Try these amazing homemade chatpate beef chapli kebab that will definitely be a hit at your dholki.
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