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Wedding Food ala Indian

I told myself to research on some Indian food terms so when I visit an Indian restaurant next time I would be a tad more acquainted with the dish names. Started with wedding menus of course. I have learned that karahi means cooking pot, varural is dry curry and ghobi is cauliflower. If I were to create a cauliflower dish cooked with dry curry served in a pot, the name will be Ghobi Varural Karahi. LOL. I believe I have only covered a few percent of all the dishes nonetheless it is a good start. Malaysian Indian wedding food has been localized to some extent and you can find some fusion of Malay, Chinese and Western flavors in the menu.
Indian weddings are extravagant; with events happening for the entire week sometimes. With that said, the food served is also abundant. The families of the groom and bride will select the best restaurant to manage the fare to be consumed by their guests. I have been to weddings in Malaysia where the hosts engaged caterer and event planners to organize buffet meals, and the infrastructure including decorations as well. The foodie is usually a combination of vege and non-vege dishes. If you want to suggest more, feel free!

Vegetarian Options

  • Butter Paneer Masala – Paneer (fresh cheese cubes) cooked with onion, tomato, mixed spices and butter. It’s a North Indian dish.
  • Aloo Ghobi – A dry dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobhi), tumeric, garlic, ginger, cumin and other Indian spices.
  • Basmati Briyani (Biryani) – Basmati rice and vegetables are used to cook this aromatic rice dish together with dried fruits, yogurt, ghee, and other spices. You can also add the meat of your choice.
  • Kofta Curry – Koftas are meatballs formed by grinding meat (such as lamb) with coriander, garlic, onions, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, or nutmeg. The vegetarian variation of kofta can be made by cabbage, carrot, capsicum, broccoli held together with cornflour to form a ball. The kofta is fried and cooked in curry. 

indian wedding food
1. Butter Paneer Masala 2. Aloo Ghobi 3. Basmati Briyani 4. Kofta Curry

Absolutely non-Vege

  • Mutton Dalcha is mutton braised with lentil (chana dal) gravy and curry. To add more color,  vegetables like carrot, brinjal, potato can be mixed in as well.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala – Bite-size pieces (tikka) of boneless chicken grilled using skewers then cooked in rich buttery masala sauce. Masala is often described as a mixture of dried spices and chilli paste.
  • Fish Karahi Masala – Fish cooked in karahi (deep, round cooking pot) with a combination of spices and vege such as capsicum.
  • Chicken Varuval – Chicken cooked in dry curry (varural).

chicken dish for wedding
1. Mutton Dalcha 2. Chicken Tikka Masala 3. Fish Karahi 4. Chicken Varuval

Sweet Treat

  • Payasam – A dessert made by boiling rice, milk and sugar, flavored with raisins and nuts.
  • Kulfi Ice Cream – Dairy dessert that is very similar to ice cream but is denser and creamier. 
  • Gulab Jamun is a popular Indian dessert made of fried dough soaked in sugar syrup.

dessert wedding
From left: Payasam, Kulfi Ice Cream, Gulab Jamun

Ref:,,,,, sonialovescooking, indobase,

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