What Foods Should Be Served At An Indian Wedding?

Foods served in Indian Wedding

Women in brightly coloured silk sarees with glittering jewels and men in dark suits were talking animatedly in a tent brightly lit up in two basic colours. Chairs and tables were scattered around in no particular order with people dragging chairs to make groups. While everyone chatted about this and that, they were all alert to the slightest hint about the announcement of dinner. Waiters were serving hot frothy espresso coffee sprinkled with chocolate powder and orange, lemon and cola drinks in tiny glasses probably invented by some genius in economising. Several guests were bold enough to ask the waiters when dinner would be served, and the information garnered was dutifully shared with others who waited as expectantly for the wedding repast.

Food seemed to be the main focus of the evening. Probably much more than the bride and groom who sat looking rather glum on tacky looking gold thrones set up on a stage at the centre of the tented space. Guests stood in line to wish the couple, handed over the mandatory envelope, wished the parents, posed for a picture and moved out of the stage. The duty of the wedding was over in 12 minutes, 10 minutes in the queue and 2 minutes wishing the family and the couple. Now to some real business - the wedding feast. 

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A Big Fat Indian Wedding is incomplete without serving some finger-licking food to the honourable guests. Earlier a Halwai along with his team used to take care of the entire menu, but recently professional wedding caterers have replaced them in the kitchen. Latest food trends with international dimensions and unique exhibits are sizzling up the wedding venues these days. Well, the new food format and exotic world cuisines are fine, but it is essential to keep our Indian palates satisfied with the lip-smacking desi food from the galis (streets) of India.

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Pea With Mint Soup

Cook it with fresh peas and mints, in a large vessel which has enough water boiling with medium flame. Stir continuously. Don’t overcook it otherwise Pea will lose its flavour. Use Buttermilk or sour curd for thickening. Add a pinch of Salt and Pepper. You can serve it chilled. Garnish with cream, crushed Mint Leaves and Peas. A healthy soup marks a perfect beginning of the feast.

Dal Makhani

Originating from Punjab with a western twist, this creamy and buttery dish is a must-have at your wedding. Practically, there cannot be any wedding or a party without Dal Makhani.

Made with lentils, red kidney beans, cream and butter, this dal is undoubtedly everyone's favourite when it comes to weddings. The richness of this recipe and its flavourful taste has made this dal recipe a hit at weddings and parties in both North and South India. Dal Makhani is best teamed with Naan, missi roti or jeera rice.

Mutton Biryani

This non-vegetarian recipe is prepared by marinating mutton in a melange of spices like cumin powder, coriander powder and star anise powder and is assorted with cooked rice. A perfect main dish recipe, this biryani is best served hot with raita for a tempting dinner and is a true bliss for non-veg lovers.

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Litti Chokha

Quite a unique and most talked about the roadside food of Bihar is now giving an authentic experience to the guests at the wedding. In fact, this love of Bihar has now started appearing everywhere.

Most of the weddings today are serving this humble and tasty dish with a makeover. You too can let your guests have a lesson of Bihar’s food heritage with the brownish balls stuffed with satto masala (bhuna chana atta).

Zafrani Pulao

Let’s have rice. As this is the first item your guests are going to take on their platter, how about Zafrani Pulao. It is a noted dish of Hyderabad and from the mountains of Kashmir. Rice being an essential part of any Indian wedding we must see to it that it is not so heavy so that guests can enjoy the rest of the menu. It is a fragrant recipe with perfect blends of traditional ingredients like Dry fruits, Milk, Saffron, Sugar and more delicious things. Your guests are going to love this.

Dahi Bhalle

You will find the appetite of your guests increasing with every spoonful of creamy yoghurt-rich bhallas. A great way to inject some vintage and old memories into your wedding menu is including this rustic and cool street food. Light on the stomach and tasty to the palates; this mouth-watering dish so beautifully sings the flavours of India.

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Aloo ki Tikki

Aromatic tawa-fried aloo tikki stall is a perfect choice to display the roadside heritage with aplomb. Also, you can always play safe and woo your guests with this miraculous dish. In simple words, any wedding will be incomplete without the infamous aloo ki tikki. Offering a great delight to the foodies especially veggies these small mashed potato tikkis are always a hit!

Onion Kulcha

You can also have Onion Kulcha for your guests. It is a clichéd and simple recipe. Aromatize it with a delicious Onion and mint stuffing. Flour mould is swayed into a flat, round shape and cooked in an earthen oven until it is golden brown. Later, dress it with butter. It is undoubtedly a winner of hearts. It is perfect if you are having a wedding at night as people tend to have some Roti type item at night.

Pasta Primavera

Children simply love this dish. Freshly chopped vegetables are the main ingredients of Pasta. These are cooked in a pot filled with salted water till they are soft and pasta is boiled. After that, the boiled pasta and the vegetables are dressed with Garlic and Olive Oil and garnished with shredded Cheese. You are surely going to win many fans with this dish at your wedding.

Originated from Canada, their main ingredients consist of Pasta and freshly chopped vegetables. Cook it in a pot filled with salted water till it’s soft yet not melted. Dressed with Garlic and Olive Oil and garnished with shredded Cheese. You are surely going to win many fans with this dish.

Dal Bukhara

It is the famous recipe of ITC Maurya Hotel. It is made only with Urad lentils. Dal is a must item in a desi wedding. It is a thick recipe with the lots of Butter and Cream used in its preparation. It is going to melt your guest’s hearts. It will go well with Zafrani Pulao or Onion Kulcha. Parents with small kids will be happy for this as even though it is heavy, it is not so spicy, so a child will easily gulp it.


Prepared with maida and semolina, this is a quick dessert recipe that you can make for your loved ones. These small pancakes are fried in ghee and then dunked in sugar syrup. This is usually served with rabri, but you can also eat malpuas without it. This easy and quick recipe makes soft and fluffy pancakes with crisp outer edges.

Sheepshead Fish

Steam this fish in banana leaf packets with a mustard paste which is not only filling but soul-filling, the aroma is soul-warming. It is a delicate and spicy delicacy that is perfect for a wedding. Sheepshead fish is easy to eat as it has fewer bones. The recipe consists of shredded Coconut, Salt, and Mustard Seeds paste, Turmeric Powder, Hot Green Chilli Pepper Paste and Mustard il. Needless to say, fish is the must-have item in a Bengali Wedding. It’s a dish close to a Bengali’s heart.

Caesar Salad

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It has Romaine Lettuce and Croutons mixed with Lemon Juice, Black Pepper Cheese, Egg, Anchovies, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Vinegar Sauce. It is not only mouth-watering but also very healthy. It is a must in a wedding between all the heavy dishes. It is a classy Salad popular at a wedding. Your friends who are conscious about their fitness will be pleased.

Dahi Baingan

You can have this for your vegan guests. It is such an Eggplant recipe. It is made of Brinjal fried in oil and dipped in the Curd. You can add Onion and Garlic in it to make it spicy. You get this as a compliment in every Oriya restaurant. It is deep-rooted in their culture. It is an authentic and easy dish from the land of Punjab and Orissa. Oh! Heavenly!

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is one of the most popular Indian chicken dishes. Typically served with roti, naan or pulao, butter chicken recipe is made with a rich and creamy tomato gravy. With rich tomato gravy and butter floating on top of it, this non-vegetarian recipe goes really well with the bread of all kinds such as naans, rumali rotis and even tandoori chapatis. You can also pair this with any raita of your choice. 

Let’s have some chicken now. A Chicken item is a must in a marriage occasion. What can be better than this! Chicken cooked in Tandoor with simple Curry that has Butter. There are many compositions and spicing of the marinating of Chicken. Spices include Cumin, Asafetida, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, etc., the cream is used in the paste or as a garnish. Add Cashew Sauce as a thickener. Try it and relish the burst of Indian flavours! Balle! Balle!

Gajar Halwa

People do love innovations, but the old ‘hot halwa’ has always given them a kick. This super-yummy dessert will have every other guest at your wedding huddling up to it.

After all, who on earth can hold on to their taste buds when there is an option as luscious as halwa. For a winter Indian wedding food menu; it would be like a match made in heaven. Isn’t it?


Risottos have become common in Indian weddings these days. As pasta is something all kinds of people indulge in today, risottos are seeing a rise on the wedding menu and are loved largely by everyone, including elders. Italian staple risottos have replaced pizzas and kinds of pasta in the popularity index. They are light and bland, and hence hugely compensate for the spicy Indian flavour.

DIY Dessert -Chocolate Fondue

Let’s accept this! There cannot be any party without a little chocolate, right? Chocolate certainly makes us go weak in the knees, and chocolate fondue is the best thing you can have in an Indian wedding food menu to impress people with your finest hospitality.

Cheese and chocolate are melted together served with apple slices, bananas, brownies, cookies and waffles. The best part about this counter is decorating the dessert platter on your own. This Chocolate Fondue will perfectly complement the wedding decorations being done at the venue and add to its charm.

Paneer Pasanda With Corn Pasanda

For your vegetarian guests, why not include this one? Fill Paneer pieces with green Chutney, shredded Paneer and your favourite Nuts are mixed and cooked in a delightful Onion-Tomato curry to give your guests a royal feel. Vegetarian guests will enjoy this lavish dish. It is such a dish that no one can refuse it.

Amritsari Paneer Tikka

Amritsari Paneer Tikka is a flavourful dish as it looks and will be loved by people of all age groups! Amritsari Paneer Tikka is a delectable vegetarian recipe prepared with paneer, dried fenugreek leaves, garlic paste, ginger paste, carom seeds, and gram flour. You can pair this tikka recipe with your choice of drink, and it will be the best time you will have while having an appetizer. Try this Punjabi recipe and enjoy with your loved ones!

Amba Khatta

Let’s have some Chutney. This dish is from Oriya kitchenette. It is an appetizing tangy chutney of mango. This flavour is subtle and meticulously spiced that will delight your guests ‘palate. You can switchover mango with grapes. It is all the more apt for a summer season wedding. We bet that your guests are going to come to you again for the recipe. Keep it handy.


Now that is something without which a wedding buffet is incomplete..!! It is a candied Dessert treat. Make it by putting crushed Carrots in a vessel containing a measured limit of Water, Milk and Sugar and then cooking while stirring in uniform intervals till it’s in the way you like. You can have it dry or with its stock. Garnish it with Cashews and Almonds. Pair Almonds and Cashews in Ghee for some time before you do the garnishing. Let’s make your guests fall in love with you.

Fruit Kesari

Maybe you would like this one as dessert. The core ingredients are rava, fruits and dry fruits. Fruit Kesari is the South Indian form of Sooji-ka-Halwa. One of the two puddings is a must-have. It is the most loved vegetarian dish, which is not only healthy but soulful in taste. Let it be any festival or occasion; Fruit Kesari fits well everywhere.


Jalebi is a popular Indian dessert made with maida and sugar syrup. Served during weddings, this dessert recipe is loved not just by kids but adults too. The crisp sugary spirals taste brilliant when served piping hot along with chilled rabri. Try this delicious recipe.


How about this one? The Jaggery-stuffed Chapatti can be savoured with ghee or with a variety of Gravies. It is one of the traditional dishes of Maharashtra. It is equally famous with Gujaratis. Marathis use Bengal gram while Gujaratis use split Pigeon Peas. They call this dish Vedmi. You can serve it with Jaggery or Potato Gravy. Oh! I am hungry!


A sweet is a necessity in Indian ceremonies. This sweet is made with Khoya and Paneer. Khoya or Mawa is used to prepare Gulabjamuns. Khoya is dry evaporated milk which is obtained by continuously stirring the milk on a less flame till moisture evaporates. It is then moulded to round shape fried till it gets its rich brown colour and soft when you take a bite. It is dipped in Sugar Syrup to get that glace and that extra sweetness. Let’s make your guests crave for more. Grab a bite.

Gulab Jamun is a quintessential Indian sweet made during special occasions like weddings. It needs some basic ingredients like khoya, milk and sugar and unlike Rasgulla which needs to be cooked with a lot of care, Gulab Jamun can be prepared easily and pairs well with a number of dishes like samosa, kachoris and even custards and ice-creams.

Kachori sabzi

A plate full of kachori sabzi is a top-notch choice and seems heavenly to all the food lovers even when the array of choices for your guests might be staggering.

Your people just can’t ignore having their mouths full with this enjoyable and spicy treat, Khasta kachori with aloo sabzi is all the rage!

Shahi Paneer

This North Indian recipe can be best enjoyed with roomali roti, butter naan and jeera rice. Cooked using paneer, yoghurt, milk, onion and a melange of spices. Creamy, aromatic and rich in taste, this is one of the best paneer recipes that can be cooked in wedding parties. Try it!

Veg Makhanwala

A popular dish on the Indian wedding vegetarian food menu list is the veg makhanwala; we must say there is not a wedding which won’t have this dish.

It’s got a rich, creamy taste to fill your mouth and is deeply enjoyed with naan, tandoori rotis and missi roti as well. Furthermore, it is also nutritious!

Wedding Cake

Last but not least you can have a wedding cake which was invented to bring fortune to all visitors and the couple. Nowadays, chefs and cake artists use different things to create a cake that usually depicts the theme loved by the couple. Gum Paste, Fondant, Cream, Marzipan and Chocolate are among the common ingredients used. Enjoy the wedding! And rest assured that your guests are completely satisfied with you.


Ah! Did it just make you mouth watery? What can be better to end a wedding menu than our very own GolGappa. Child or adult, everyone will love it and thank you for adding it. I am sure they are going to look forward to it. Make sure you get the hygienic GolGappe wala so that people don’t hesitate to munch them. Trust me you will be doing a nice favour to kids. Have a blessed wedding.

Golgappa Bhel Puri is a North Indian chaat recipe which is made by combining the two most famous street snacks, Golgappa and Bhel puri. It is an ideal snack recipe for people who love spicy chaat!

Pinot Gris

Let’s say cheers to the couple with this grape wine. Oh, it’s a sweet wine famous in the land of France, the land of good food. ‘Gris’ means grey in French describing the fruit, which is a greyish-bluish fruit. The chilly climate and volcanic soil of its birthplace are perfect for its perfect sweetness. Cheers! To the newlyweds!

Pineapple Raita

Pineapple Raita is made with chopped pineapple, thick curd and spices, this sweet yet savoury side dish will definitely give an unexpected twist to the main course. Try it.

Blanc De Bleu Champagne

Let’s open a bottle of champagne for our lovely couple! A marriage function looks empty without champagne. It adds a classy element to the wedding menu. Men will surely love it. Make sure that you have enough glasses to meet the demand. Let’s have something blue. Have a good time.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Use it as a Dessert or as an Appetiser. It is a twist on the usual Desserts that we have. It is a very heartwarming dish. The Strawberry and Cream Combo give you such a pleasurable taste that it will make your heart happy. It is simple to prepare and great to eat.

Expect to see the embodiment of the country’s heritage and rich culture in the menu for the wedding reception when it comes to Indian weddings. How was the food? – is the first thing that anybody asks after you return from a wedding in India. The only goal of the hosts is that every wedding guest returns with a satisfied and full tummy; in fact, the amount of food cooked during an Indian wedding is enough to feed an army. Food occupies such an importance in the Indian wedding scene.

Frequently Asked Questions About Indian Weddings

The general rule of planning the catering for any Hindu wedding is sumptuous dishes. If you eat meat, definitely include chicken dishes like butter chicken. Paneer dishes like saag paneer and muttar paneer, along with kofta curries like aloo kofta, will make the rest of your North Indian spread extra decadent.

Dal is a must item in a desi wedding. It is a thick recipe with lots of Butter and Cream used in its preparation. It is going to meet your guest's hearts. It will go well with Zafrani Pulao or Onion Kulcha.

You guessed it right- it has to be Pani Poori, Chicken Butter Masala, Biryani, Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Dal Makhni, Tikka, Malpua always. Read to know the 10 Indian dishes you cannot escape if you happen to be a guest at an Indian wedding.
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