Who knew food can be categorized into different types – from cereals, oatmeal, to lunch, breakfast, dinner, brunch, appetizers, mocktails, and so many other categories that we often mix several items without knowing their benefits.
Simply put, there are different vegetables, food preparations, fruits, and drinks, which have a pre-meal and a post-meal effect. One such type is the appetizer. Appetizers are food preparations or single items advised to be had before meals to lose weight and keep a check on calories.
Appetizers work to increase hunger and prepare the body for the main course. Different flavors in the food world are often combined and coordinated to produce means that can act well on your body.
They also have proven benefits for the digestive system, especially for those who lose appetite. Appetizers are mostly prepared from spices and herbs, which can stimulate hunger and help the stomach release gastric juices. There are different types of appetizers – from fries, calamari, bruschetta, to spinach dips and garlic bread. At Sula Indian restaurant you get to witness popular Indian appetizers and select from the wide array of the appetizer menu. Here are a few to look at.
Fried Onion Fritters Or Onion Bhaji
Onions are mostly in all types of starters as well as a salad to provoke digestion, because of their high sulfur concentration, onion fritters also known as onion bhaji, Kanda bhaji, are a popular food snack in India. There are several variations to prepare them and here is one quick version. These are popular items in the Indian food appetizers menu.
It does not take much time and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. There are two main ingredients used, primarily batter and diced onion. If you’re preparing it the south Indian style, you can also add rice flour, curry leaves, et cetera, for added flavor.
Because of the low grams flour ratio, the onion bhaji must have a crisp texture when comparing to other pakora varieties. Once you have the onions diced in a bowl, mix it with half a cup of gram flour, add a teaspoon of salt. You can also add red chilli powder and crushed coriander. Bring it into a thick consistency and deep fry it. Keep in mind that frying grams of flour will use around a pound of oil. However, if the amount of oil in the pan is more, the amount of oil absorbed will be smaller. If you can deep fry, nothing like it. Serve hot alongside some chutney or even sauce after you have fried it well enough.
Another popular Indian appetizer, Samosa, is a preferred choice mostly because of the ginger-garlic flavor, stuffed in the mashed potato. The quantity of potato used depends upon the number of servings. For 4 to 6 servings, you can use three large potatoes. Although the filling does not require anything but potato, and a great combination of spices, you can always add boiled peas, chopped coriander leaves, crushed carrot, or crushed radish.
Add boiled potatoes in a bowl along with finely chopped onion, basil, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, a pinch of garam masala powder, refined oil, and mash it well to remove lumps. Prepare a dough that you usually do for puri, however, make sure the consistency of maida to flour is 2:1.
You can also add a tablespoon of semolina to make the outer crust crispy and redundant from absorbing the environmental moisture. Heat oil in a pan, and alongside prepare the Samosa shells. Add in the mashed potato and knead it closely to prevent the potato from coming out. You can sprinkle some semolina to make the crust crispy. Fry it well on low heat and serve hot with pudina chutney or even better, sauce.
Perfectly made using local Portobello mushrooms, Greek yogurt, and Indian masalas. One of the most popular grilled appetizers that you just cannot miss. At Sula restaurant, the Tandoori Portobello is one of the famous dishes present under the Indian food appetizers menu.
Preheat the grilling oven to high, meanwhile you can scrape out the gills that are present on the underside of the Portobello mushrooms using a spoon or a small knife. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, tandoori masala, garlic, ginger, pepper, salt, and prepare the gravy. Coat both sides of the Portobello mushroom and rest for a minute.
In the grilling pan, add some olive oil and put a paper towel on the base. Place the spice rub Portobello caps on the grill and close the lid. Cook for four minutes and slip them over and cook for another four minutes. The mushrooms will be tender, glistening, and will have a char mark on each side. Remove them from the grill, slice them and serve with yogurt, cilantro, sauce, warm rice, or even coconut chutney.
Indian appetizers vegetarian are some of the most accepted appetizers across Indian restaurants in the world. The list of Indian food appetizers menu is endless and has proven to collate the cultures and people across the world. At Sula Indian, you will find the most toothsome appetizers besides the ones listed above. So visit Sula, and soothe your cravings for Indian food.