Navaratri cooking combo ideas – Cooking for guests combo ideas. Navratri guest cooking combo for 9 days
I posted Navaratri combo recipes in Jeyashri’s Kitchen in the year 2014. After that, I posted a lot of recipes in Jeyashri’s kitchen. I thought I will post another interesting combo this year. Living in abroad for many years now, the tradition here is, that they offer a mini dinner for the guests who come home during Navaratri. Though we don’t have the custom of keeping Golu, I invite all my friends and neighbors during Varalakshmi pooja. For that, I make a little elaborate spread as dinner, as this is the only time of the year I host such a big get-together at home.
The menu usually has one deep-fried item, 2 varieties of tiffin accompanied by chutney or sambar, one sundal, curd rice, a pickle, and a dessert. I am giving an idea of combos and some tips too. You feel free to alter the menu according to your preferences.
You can follow this combo on other normal days when you call guests for home.
In this combo, we have Mini podi idli, coconut chutney (with urad dal), Aval vadai, and sweet corn payasam. The payasam you can either make the previous day and keep inside the refrigerator. Or you can make it in the morning too and keep it inside the refrigerator. The aval vadai stays crispy for 4-5 hours. You can add a variety of Sundal from our Sundal recipe collection. Check out the link for the recipes below.
In this combo we have Vegetable sevai, Varuthu aracha mor kuzhambu, sweet corn vadai and Instant rasmalai. Sevai is very commonly made in many houses for Navaratri guests. To give an interesting variation, you can make this vegetable sevai paired with Varuthu aracha mor kuzhambu. I have given sweet corn vada on the menu, but if you see the recipe, it is with onion. But you can omit the onions in the recipe and it will be tasty. I have personally done this for a huge crowd during this nombu. Instant Rasmalai you can make for a huge crowd. This can be made 2 days in advance and kept inside the refrigerator. Check out the recipe link below
In this combo, we are having Samba wheat Idli, Coriander coconut chutney, Instant pori vadai, and Moong dal halwa. I have personally tried moong dal halwa for this year’s Varalakshmi nombu get-together. It was a super hit among guests. You can make this before the day and keep it inside the fridge. The next day you can microwave it or reheat it using the double boiler method. The chutney also you can make in the morning and keep inside the fridge. Check out the link given below.
In this combo, we are having Thavala vadai, Gojju avalakki, mixed veg raita, and Peas kheer. Thavala vadai is a very traditional snack. You can make the batter the previous day and keep it inside the fridge. You can make Getti chutney to pair with thavala vadai. Gojju avalakki is the Karnataka style puli aval. You can replace it with puli aval too. For Gojju avalakki, simple raita will be the best pair. So we are having mixed veg raita. Peas kheer is a very unique and super hit recipe. You can make this the previous day and keep this in the fridge. Check out the link below
We have Instant Dhokla, green chutney, green moong dal vada, and Instant Rasmalai in this combo. Yet another super hit menu among guests. If you are calling an exclusive South Indian set of friends, you can make this for them. The Instant dhokla can be made as Idli too. Green chutney can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator. The Green moong vada is a fantastic crowd pleaser. Finally coming to the Paneer kheer, trust me, it is a super hit recipe. You can make this even 2 days in advance and keep it inside the fridge. Check out the link given below.
In this combo we have Aval pidi kozhakattai, coconut chutney, kara vadai and Kavuni arisi paal payasam. Aval pidi kozhakattai is a super healthy and easy recipe and can be made in large quantity too. The red chili coconut chutney is a great variation from the usual coconut chutney and it pairs well with pidi kozhakattai and kara vadai too. Omit the onions in the recipe. Kara vadai batter can be made the previous day. Kavuni arisi paal payasam is a super hit recipe and I have made this for my guests few years back. You can make this on the previous day and keep this inside the refrigerator. Check out the link below.
In this combo we have Instant green peas Idli, cabbage masala vadai, Peanut chutney and Pumpkin kheer. The Instant green peas Idli is a super hit recipe and I have made this for a huge set of friends last year. It pairs well with peanut chutney. The chutney can be made in advance. Cabbage masala vadai is a super easy and party friendly snack. I have made this few years back for guets too. You can make the vadai maavu the previous day. Add salt and cabbage just before making. Pumpkin kheer | kaddu ki kheer is a super hit recipe and the guests won’t realie it is made with pumpkin. Check out the link for the recipes below
This combo has Curry leaves sevai, Vadam, Rava kunukku and Pressure cooker kesari. The sevai you can make with Instant Rice sevai available in market. You can also make a chutney or mor kuzhambu if you want. But a simple vadam will pair well with this sevai. You can make kothamalli flavoured one or the mango sevai too. Rava kunukku is yet another popular recipe and loved by everyone. The addition of cashew nuts gives softness and a nice taste to the kunukku. Finally the pressure cooker kesari, Trust me it is a super easy recipe and can be made even in large quantity without getting any lumps or cooking for a long time. If you have huge gathering, try out this recipe. Check out the recipe link below.
In this combo we have Ragi rava idli, coriander chutney, sabudana vada and caramel payasam. Ragi rava idli is a very simple recipe and tastes very similar to rava idli. Alternatively, you can make Sago idli too. Sabudana vada is yet another easy one and quite a different one from the regular South Indian vadais. Boil the potatoes in the morning and keep the sago soaked in advance. The coriander chutney pairs well with ragi idli and sabudana vada. The caramel payasam is a super hit recipe and you can scale it and make it for big gatherings too. You can make it the previous day as well. Check out the link below
Apart from this, you can make Panagam or Jal jeera as a Welcome drink too. They are a super hit in Navratri get-togethers. Also giving a few other payasam recipes. You can make this for guests or for neivedyam too.