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15 Indian Wedding Food Dishes | What Kind of Food is Served at an Indian Wedding?

13/05/21

In this article, we will be discussing 15 common Indian wedding food dishes that you can expect to find at an Indian wedding. 

Indian weddings are a vibrant, brightly coloured celebration of love and can often last days! Attendance is usually very high, with sometimes the guest lists being in the thousands. If you have been invited to an Indian wedding, then consider yourself lucky! Be prepared for music, discos, lights, dazzling clothes and of course scrumptious food. 

Indian Wedding Food

Have you been invited to an Indian wedding and are asking yourself ‘what kind of food is served at an Indian wedding?’. At Kettering Conference Centre, we have hosted an array of Asian weddings in our time so are well versed in Indian food etiquette. 

Food is one of the most important parts of any wedding, and Indian food makes for one of the best wedding foods in the world! With an explosion of flavour, these finger-licking courses will go down a treat. We have outlined the 15 most common Indian wedding food dishes we have seen at our Indian wedding venue in Kettering

What kind of food is served at an Indian wedding? 

what food is served at an indian wedding

So, let’s get down to business. Food is on our mind and below we have given you the 15 most common Indian wedding food dishes we see at our venue. 

For the cautious, we have even added a spice rating! 

Pea & Mint Soup

What’s a wedding without a classic soup recipe? Pea & mint soup is a classic dish served at a wide range of Indian weddings. Bursting with flavour, this will often be delivered as a starter. This healthy Indian wedding food dish will go down as a treat and is the perfect light meal to consume before the main course. 

Common ingredients: garlic, onion, mint, fennel seeds, peas, pepper, half & half

Spice level: Mild

Recommended recipe: BBC Good Food 

Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian wedding food that has a unique taste. These tasty treats are deep-fried fritters made with lentils and are served with a topping of yoghurts and chutneys. You can substitute lentils with other ingredients such as chickpeas and potato. The main element of a Dahi Bhalla is the fact that they are deep-fried in the delicious batter! 

Common ingredients: lentils, cumin seeds, mung beans, dal, oil, yoghurt, chutney, chilli

Spice level: Mild 

(although spice level will depend on the type of chutney served and whether hot chilli powder is sprinkled as a garnish)

Recommended recipe: Cook with Manali

Aloo Tikki

Another popular Indian wedding food is Aloo Tikki. This street food snack is usually made with boiled potato and aromatic spices and herbs. Aloo is the Hindi name for potato and Tikki is a patty – so essentially it is a potato patty mixed with herbs and spices. Aloo Tikki is ideal to serve as a canape and works well with mint chutney. Aloo Tikki can either be served with or without stuffing. 

Common ingredients: potatoes, ginger paste, garam masala, chaat masala, chilli powder, coriander leaves, chillies, cornflour, breadcrumbs

Spice level: Medium 

(spice level depends on the number of chillies added. Sometimes Ghee can be added to Aloo Tikki and this will make them very hot) 

Recommended recipe: Indian Healthy Recipes

Dal Bukhara

A very similar Indian wedding food to Dal Makhani, Dal Bukhara is a popular dish you are likely to see at an Indian wedding. Made with whole urad lentils (black gram) this delicacy is bursting with flavour. Dal is a popular dish across India and comes in many different varieties. Dal Bukhara is a Dal dish that is rich, creamy and just plain delightful. Dal Bukhara is served with rice, naan or roti.

Common ingredients: urad dal, tomatoes, chilli powder, garam masala, butter, cream 

Spice Level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Veg Recipes of India

indian wedding food

Litti Chokha

A traditional dish that can be expected at almost any Indian wedding. These dough balls are stuffed with a whole array of flavours and come from Bihar and Jharkhand region in India. Chokha can be made with baingan (roasted eggplant), aloo (potato) and tamatar (roasted tomatoes). Combine all ingredients for the ultimate burst of flavour, or make each separate to capture each unique taste. Litti Chokha can be made in a number of different ways; oven-baked, roasting on Tawa, deep frying or grilling. 

Common ingredients: whole wheat flour, Ghee, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chilli powder, onion seeds, chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander, potato, tomato, eggplant

Spice level: Medium 

Recommended recipe: Veg Recipes of India

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is a similar Dal recipe to Dal Bukhara. This classic dish is made with urad dal, rajma, butter and spices and originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Dal Makhani means buttery dal, so you can expect a creamy, buttery dish that is often served as a main course. The is a classic and popular dish across the globe. The main difference between Dal Makhani and Dal Bukhara is that Dal Makhani is made with lentils and kidney beans, whereas Dal Bukhara is made with only lentils. 

Common ingredients: lentils, kidney beans, butter, tomatoes, onions, herbs, cream, garam masala, ginger & garlic paste, Ghee, Chili powder

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Indian Healthy Recipes 

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is an Indian wedding food that you will have likely heard of before. This creamy and mild dish is similar to the very popular Chicken Tikka Masala. Not only is this a popular dish at Indian weddings, but it is also served at most Indian restaurants. This dish is the main course and is served with either rice or naan. This is the perfect dish for those who don’t like spicy or hot food. 

Common ingredients: chicken, garlic, ginger, yoghurt, garam masala, turmeric, chilli powder, cumin, crushed tomatoes, butter, cream, sugar

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Cafe Delites

Amritsari Paneer Tikka

Paneer is a popular Indian wedding food ingredient and Amritsari Paneer Tikki is a delightful starter that isn’t to be missed. This North Indian recipe is flavorful and vegetarian. Bursting with delightful flavours, these paneer skewers contain an array of different spices that will definitely tickle your tastebuds. These are perfect for an appetizer at any Indian wedding or celebration. Amritsari Paneer Tikka is for spice lovers, combining chilli flakes, ginger paste, garlic paste and carom seeds. 

Common ingredients: chilli flakes, ginger paste, garlic paste and carom seeds, sugar, paneer, gram flour, lemon juice, black pepper, fenugreek leaves, cinnamon

Spice level: Hot 

Recommended recipe: Times of India

Jalebi

A delightfully sweet, crispy delicacy. In Indian culture, this sweet dish is actually often served as a breakfast, but for Indian wedding food, you can expect to see this as part of the dessert appetisers. There are a number of ways Jalebi can be made and traditionally fermented jalebis will be used. This spiral-shaped Indian wedding food is made from deep-fried flour, chickpea flour, yoghurt and then dipped in sugar syrup. 

Common ingredients: chickpea flour, all-purpose flour, cardamom powder, baking powder, yoghurt, ghee, sugar syrup, lemon juice

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Cook with Manali 

Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer is a rich and creamy curry and originated in the royal kitchens of the Mughals – making it a perfect Indian wedding food. This main course dish is prepared with nuts, onions, spices and yoghurt or cream. This dish is widely served in Indian restaurants so depending on the caterer used for the wedding, the dish can vary slightly. For example, some Indian caterers will add tomatoes or saffron. 

Common ingredients: paneer, yoghurt, garlic & ginger paste, chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala, saffron, Ghee, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cashew nuts, almonds, cardamoms, onions, tomatoes 

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Indian Healthy Recipes

Gulab Jamun

A traditional dessert that will be served as part of the Indian wedding food. This sweet treat consists of spongy milky balls soaked in rose-scented syrup. This pairs nicely with fresh cream, Kulfi or ice cream. The word ‘Gulab’ translates to rose in Hindi and ‘Jamun’ to berry – so essentially these are berry sized balls dipped in rose flavoured sugar syrup! The perfect dessert to have after your main meal. 

Common ingredients: milk powder, all-purpose flour, Ghee, warm milk, almonds, pistachio nuts, ground cardamom, white sugar, rose water

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Allrecipes 

Pineapple Raita

Another Indian wedding food dessert! Pineapple Raita is sweet, refreshing and fruity raita made with pineapples. Raita is a popular condiment in South Asian cuisine and this sweet take is absolutely delightful. Some recipes also contain pomegranate, which adds not only a splash of vibrant colour but also small bursts of fruity flavours. This is a light dish, so you can opt for this dessert over Gulab Jamun or Jalebi if you want to avoid fried desserts. 

Common ingredients: yoghurt or Dahi, pineapple, pomegranate, roasted cumin powder, sugar, rock salt, coriander leaves

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Veg Recipes of India

Mutton Biryani

Biryani is a popular dish in Indian restaurants and is something we have all heard of. A popular Indian wedding food is Mutton Biryani. There are a lot of different ways a Byriani dish can be made and this will depend on the caterer you choose to have at the wedding. However, no matter how Mutton Biryani is made the result are the same – it is an absolutely delicious dish for all! 

Common ingredients: lamb or mutton, red chilli powder, biryani masala powder, ginger & garlic paste, turmeric powder, curd, bay leaves, shahi jeera, cardamoms, star anise, cloves, cinnamon

Spice level: Hot 

(although spice can differ depending on the caterer used)

Recommended recipe: Indian Healthy Recipes 

indian wedding food biriyani

Malpua

Our final Indian wedding food dessert is Malpua. This is a North Indian cuisine that is essentially a sweet and syrupy pancake. This is a popular dish that is sure to be found at any Indian wedding or special occasion.

Common ingredients: flour, curd, Ghee, sugar, saffron, baking soda, rose essence, edible food colour 

Spice level: Mild 

Recommended recipe: Times of India

How many courses are served at an Indian wedding? 

So, how many courses are served at an Indian wedding? As with any wedding, food is always a topic of conversation and an important aspect of the big day! At an Indian wedding you can expect to find an array of courses, appetisers, starts, mains and desserts. Traditionally all of the below will be served: 

  • Starters
  • Salad
  • Soups
  • Snacks
  • Accompaniments
  • Curries
  • Chapati/Flat Bread
  • Raita
  • Desserts

The above recipes we have discussed will give you a rough idea of the types of Indian wedding food you could be served! 

Do Indian weddings have cake?

A traditional Western wedding trend is of course the cutting of the cake by the newlyweds. This has now become popular for INdian weddings as well. HOwever, will there be a wedding cake at an Indian wedding? This completely depends on the couple. 

Is alcohol served at an Indian wedding? 

Again, whether alcoholic beverages will be served at an Indian wedding completely depends on the couple. Traditionally, these types of events don’t have alcoholic drinks but most Indian weddings today will give some options for alcohol.

Indian wedding food – the last word! 

We hope you have enjoyed these amazing and delightful Indian wedding food dishes and are now fully prepared with what to expect at an Indian wedding in regards to the catering. To quickly recap, 15 popular Indian wedding food dishes are: 

  • Pea & Mint Soup
  • Dahi Bhalla
  • Aloo Tikki
  • Dal Bukhara
  • Litti Chokha
  • Dal Makhani
  • Butter Chicken
  • Amritsari Paneer Tikka
  • Jalebi
  • Shahi Paneer
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Pineapple Raita
  • Mutton Biryani
  • Malpua 

We have given you a variety of appetisers, starters, main courses and desserts, so you can be fully prepared. 

If you are looking for an Indian wedding venue, then Kettering Conference Centre is the ideal venue. With a beautiful lakeside setting, along with the capacity of up to 2,000 guests and the ability to bring external caterers we can provide you with everything you need for a perfect day. We also have all-inclusive packages available. 

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For more information on Indian wedding food, or if you are looking to book a venue, get in touch.