Vegetarian Starters Recipes | Starter and Snacks | Appetizer Recipes

It is very important to give a good start to parties with some lip-smacking starters. Apart from that, it is important that the menu is such that their preparations can be done in advance. After all, the starters and a lot of other food have to be cooked. Here is a collection of Vegetarian Starters Recipes that are very appealing and easy to cook. Do try them when you host the next party. And believe me, you don’t need to host a party to prepare these dishes, just pamper your family on some weekend with one or more of these dishes.

Recently I had prepared zucchini rolls for a party. These rolls are a combination of the starter as well as a salad. These were relished by one and all and the best part was be weight watchers or kids, everyone indulged in these nutritious rolls.

Paneer 65

Spicy paneer snack with soft and cushiony cottage cheese (paneer) cubes, with a crispy outing, bursting with the flavors of chilies, garlic, curry leaves, etc are paneer 65. Paneer 65 recipe is very toothsome. It makes a great party appetizer and a filling tea-time snack recipe.

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Papdi Chaat

A crispy and flaky snack made with all-purpose flour, topped with silky yogurt, zinged with tamarind and coriander chutney, spiced with red chili powder and cumin seeds powder, with add on boiled potatoes, makes for a perfect snack called papdi chaat.

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Crispy pizza recipe, crunchy vegetables, oozing cheese, a sprinkle of oregano and basil- everything when combined, make Vegetable Pizza and who wouldn’t love it.  This recipe for veggie pizza uses the best homemade pizza sauce. And that’s what makes all the difference.

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Dahi Vada

Fried, soft and spongy dumplings, made with urad dal or a combination of urad dal and moong dal, soaked in well-whisked yogurt, drizzled with sweet chutney and coriander chutney, seasoned with black salt, roasted cumin seeds powder, red chili powder are dahi vada or dahi bade.

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A snack from the Middle East, made with chickpeas, which offers a contrast of textures and a bunch of mild flavors, is falafel. It can be deep-fried, shallow fried or pan-fried. Falafels can also be baked.

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Paneer Tikka on Tawa

The first dish that comes to my mind while talking about the vegetarian starters is the paneer tikka. How do we love this snack recipe! We would always order one when eating at restaurants. BUt ever simple I have tried this recipe, we always make it at home, because it is so much better and so easy.

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tandoori paneer tikka on tawa

Cheesy Veg Disc

This is such as pretty snack and the best part is that kids love digging into this one. Often the party food is not liked by the kids. This is one such snack that can fill their belly and make them happy.

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cheesy veg disc

Rajasthani Papad ki Churi

Often our main course menu for the party is too heavy and elaborate. But skipping the starters all together might not be on your mind. For such circumstances, you can make this papad ki churi which is a perfect starter and is ready in no time and is not too filling.

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rajasthani papad ki churi

Hara Bhara Kebab

This one is my family’s favorite starter recipe. On weekends whenever I ask for their choice of starter I always get this answer. I do not think twice to make this as it is super healthy and easy to make. It is one of the most popular Indian Veg. Starters recipe.

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hara bhara kebab

Easy Garlic Bread On Tawa

This recipe is so simple and easy to make. All you need to do is prepare some garlic butter and keep it in the refrigerator. And when the need is, just convert simple bread slices into super delicious garlic bread.

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easy garlic bread

Soya Matar Kebabs

If your guest list includes weight watchers, this recipe is just so perfect. It is a guilt-free indulgence as it is made up of soya granules and to make it even more energy-packed, peas are added. However, the flavors are mind-blowing.

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Soya matar kebab

Tandoori Aloo

Tangy, spicy grilled potatoes make a perfect party appetizer. Potatoes are a crowd-pleaser. And this recipe is my on the go recipe for the surprise guests or sudden cravings.

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Tandooori Aloo

Soya kofta

Who says starters need to be unhealthy? Here is a healthy starter recipe that is protein-packed and absolutely delicious. Soya kofta is a spicy and flavourful snack and a sure hit in the parties.

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Potli Samosa

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like a samosa. But serving of even single samosa is very filling. So to decrease its size and increase its appeal I made potli samosa. These cuties will be loved by one and all of your guests.

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Cheesy Potato Bites

You can’t please everyone you are not cheese. And here we are combining cheese with another favorite i.e. potatoes. This is a beautifully presented dish which combines two of the most favorite party food.

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cheesy potatoes

Mini Burgers

Bite-sized food is a charmer. It looks very appealing as well as it is the perfect serving size for a party starter. Further, this recipe is healthy too as the tikki inside is prepared using healthy ingredients.

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mini burger

Cheesy Mushrooms

My husband is not a big fan of mushrooms, but he too loved this snack recipe. And your guests too will love cheesy mushrooms, especially your guests who are interested in healthy snacking. After all, we all know the health benefits of mushrooms!

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Veg Pizza Puffs

Absolutely flavourful, very flaky and crispy, veg pizza puffs are certainly a big hit amongst the kids and is certainly a winner with other guests too. Not to forget, kids are the toughest to please.

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Healthy Veggie Shots

It is a very quick and easy starter/snack recipe. Whatever may be your party menu, you can always add healthy veggie shots to it in no time at all. Healthy veggie shots allow a lot of customization. Even if you have not planned any starters, you can make these on the go!

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Idli Pakora

I was not sure whether I should include this recipe in this list or not. But then I remembered the feedback I got from my readers after they made idli pakoras for their parties, especially kitty parties. This has been a very popular recipe. A very healthy, unique and tasty snack recipe.

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idli pakoda

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Convert simple bread into a party starter in no time by making cheesy garlic bread for Starters Recipes. It is very light and won’t fill your guests’ tummy. Apart from that, it goes very well simple cold drinks or juices and needless to mention that it is a hit amongst the kids.

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Tandoori Chutney

I know, it is not a snack but it is indispensable for party starters. There have been times when at the end of the party my guests appreciated the chutney more than the snacks. And the best part is that you can convert simple roasted papads into a starter by serving them with the tandoori chutney.

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green chutney recipes

Pinwheel Samosa

Another way of presenting everyone’s favorite samosas is pinwheel samosa. It omits the inconvenience of shaping each samosa one by one. In no time you have a complete batch of samosa.

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Mini Pizza

I know we are discussing party starters and not kids’ friendly recipes but come on, who doesn’t like pizza?! And your adult guests will be getting their kids along! Get the smallest pizza base and make nice and cute mini pizzas.

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.