Vegetarian dinner menu / your thoughts requested

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Hi all

Having some friends over soon, and was planning to prepare (largely on account of subliminal hints) an Indian menu. Can decently cook various dishes, but am struggling a bit in combining in a balanced way between courses . Given dietary preferences of some of the guests, it WILL be vegetarian. Strictly no meat. Preference for North Indian dishes, as have much more proficiency there. South Indian cuisine (which feels to me as quite another cuisine), I have yet to start practicing.

My thoughts currently:
1) Entree: Dahl + chapati
2) Main dish: Vegetable biryani, tamarind/date chutney
3) Desert: Gulab jamun, prob with ice cream

Would this combine "ok"? Feels ok to me. Or do these dishes not work well together? The dahl will be slightly / subtly sourish (lime as an ingedient). Biryani will be mild/medium spicy hot, balanced with the sweet / sour chutney. As it is veggie already & a complete course in itself (i think), I am not including any other (veg) side dishes. Of course, the desert will be so sweet it will crack the teeth.

Your thoughts?

Thanks!
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I have no idea how much time you have and I am entering a field that would soon expose my woefully inadequate knowledge, still -
Would you like to give some liquid appetizer? - options include jal jeera or raw mango juice (if you can get the ingredients) or just any fresh juice, small quantity.
How about salads - you can have sprouts made a bit hot and sour (chilli, salt, lime and 'chaat masaala' if possible! ) or else even a simple potato chaat will go fine.
No vegetable with chapati? If dal can work as the gravy dish, how about something dry - okra fry or potato onion like a dosa sabji.
Usually biryani goes rather well with a serving of onion, cucumber and watery curd chutney. See if that seems workable.

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Looks good.

My only comment would be why the need to serve 3 courses? Do you not want to serve an authentic experience? If so, serve it all together and make people get stuck in with their hands!

You could always do some nice simple chaat if you want people to have snacks whilst you whip everything up!

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yeh the jal jeera sounds good. Was thinking mango lassi with the biryani (forgot to type that up in my original post). jal jeera (chilled?) is maybe a nice opener, especially if it turns out to be a hot day (June).
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Thanks NomadicBoo. Hadn't realised that maybe some cultures do not have the strict multi-course dinner as we have in Europe, but rather go all out at once. This would combine wet and dry in same course as well (i could make the dahl a bit thinner than I normally do).
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Would suggest rice /pulao instead of chapati.

Chapati tastes nicer when its freshly made. You would'nt want to be doing that when guests are in the house.

Also rice /Pulao is easier for guests if they are not used to eating with hands and is easy to eat with cutlery .
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Vegetarian dinner menu / your thoughts requested

Yeh considered that but biryani is rice dish already
Gona be lots of rice this way...
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You forgot the raita/curd. and maybe one more dish to go with the daal and chapati. A pickle would be a good addition too.Rest all seems ok. bon appetit to you and your guests
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Vegetarian dinner menu / your thoughts requested

What (veg) dish would complement the dahl & chapati?
And thanks ;-)
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Could i suggest a vegetable thoran ( Its a kerala side dish)

It is a dry dish and will go well with both chapathi and rice.

Its very easy to make . I suggest using only carrots/ beans and green peas.

You can omit the urad dal if you want ( i dont use it )

If you dont have access to fresh grated coconut then you can cheat by using dessicated coconut.

Add some lukewarm water to some dessiciated coconut and mix. Leave it to rest for a few minutes and drain excess water ( dont try to squeeze out all the water. If you do that the coconut will be very dry)

https://appybistro.com/2015/08/26/ke...etable-thoran/
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Vegetarian dinner menu / your thoughts requested

Thanks
Will have a closer look at that
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Dal should have a fried vegetable with it (related to 'dry' suggestion, but easier).
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You can always cook dry cauliflower with peas.

https://www.spiceupthecurry.com/gobi-matar-recipe/
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Vegan or Vegetarian?

If the latter, keep a paneer dish or paneer tikka (or some such as a starter). Don't do a vegetarian biryani. It doesn't exist.

Daal + white rice or pulao + one veggie dish (thoran as suggested by UK doc or aloo gobhi (potato and cauliflower) or bhindi (okra) or palak (spinach-which should be easy to get).

Spinach goes well with paneer too. Aloo-matar. Potatoes and peas in a tomato sauce is another popular and easy option.

Do you plan to make chapatis from scratch?
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Chapatis - yes from scratch (atta, salt and water or milk). I wont be growing the wheat though ;-)

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