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Cooking For A Crowd

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  1. Angela123

    Angela123 Silver IL'ite

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    I am planning to invite some of our neighbors to my house for dinner. This time I have a little over 20 people (23 so far) and I think the number will stay within 25. I want to do all cooking by myself (with help from husband in vegetable/meat cutting and prep) but mostly it will be a one woman army. Can someone give me some advice on how much to make the items?
    My menu is as following:
    Appetizer (Kids wont eat this usually, so I am thinking just for adults)
    Biriyani (how many servings?)
    Plain Rice (plan to use as a back up and also for kids)
    Egg curry (how many servings?)
    Paneer Butter masala (how many servings?)
    Butter chicken(how many servings?)
    Dessert (This one I got the servings and quantities)
    Appam (I got this one too)
    Of the 23, 11 are kids.

    this is probably the biggest crowd I will ever cook for. Any help is appreciated!
     
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  2. kveena

    kveena Platinum IL'ite

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    is it for Americans or Indians? Are you expecting both vegetarians and non vegetarians? If it’s for Americans whatever you make, make it less spicy and they will love it.

    appetizer - you can serve samosas with some ketchup.Get the frozen deep bite sized potato samosas from the Indian stores, each packet has 50, just deep fry them. You can make 1 or 2 packets.
    Or
    You can make easy corn chaat (you can find 1 lb frozen sweet corn in grocery stores). Mix boiled sweet corn,chopped veggies like tomatoes, onions, cucumber, green capsicum with salt, lemon juice, chilli powder, little chaat masala,mint chutney (mint-cilantro-Thai chili paste),add few chopped dates. Finally crush some corn chips and mix. Top it off with some more corn chips. This is a hit with both Indians and Americans.

    A tray of chicken/veg biryani will do.Americans don’t eat a lot of rice, make sure to use boneless chicken if you are expecting American guests. Raita and some salad with onion cucumber lemon is good with biryani to beat the spice.

    If you are serving a North Indian gravy you can get some frozen haldiram pulkas from the Indian stores, roast on the pan and serve in hot box.One roti per guest is enough. You can skip the aapam if you are serving roti.I feel there’s no need of 3 curries, instead of 2 curries you can add a simple dal tadka/dal fry. Tastes good with roti n rice.

    Instead of butter chicken and paneer butter masala you can try making Chicken or paneer tikka masala using parampara chicken tikka masala paste.It tastes awesome.

    Incase you want to make egg curry instead, for 24 guests use 12 eggs, slice each egg into half and add to the gravy. Here’s the recipe

    Just cook a cup of rice, if needed later for the kids. Also include some plain curds on the side for the kids. Make it simple and sweet.

    Appetizer - samosa or corn chaat

    Main course:
    Rice/bread
    - veg or chicken biryani, white rice,roti
    Salad - onion rings, carrot and cucumber slices with lemon wedges to go with the biryani.
    Dal - Dal tadka/dal fry
    Curry - Egg curry or Paneer/chicken tikka masala
    Yoghurt - Raita, plain curds
    Desert
    I hope this helps.
     
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  3. Angela123

    Angela123 Silver IL'ite

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    Thank you for the detailed reply.
    Sorry that I didnt mention about the type of crowd. All are Indians - specifically south Indians - some telugu, kerala and karnataka.

    I do not use store bought stuff, I intend to make everything my own. No frozen stuff either. I will not be serving roti or dal. but i might try paneer tikka masala. All kids like butter chicken, my recipe is less spicy (in terms of hotness) and easy for parents to feed them with rice. I will add the salad to the list.

    Thanks again!
     
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    SinghManisha Platinum IL'ite

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    No advice, but can I invite myself ( family of 4 :wink:) ?
     
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    Angela123 Silver IL'ite

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    haha. Please come.
     
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    shalini79 Senior IL'ite

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    For kids, for starters, fry a pkt or 2 of Fryums. They will love it.
    I am vegetarian, so cant comment on how much non veg to cook. For your paneer curry, you can cook assuming head count as 20 (counting 11 kids as 5 adults) plus you have 2 other curries also..so prepare for 10-12 people. 200 gms of paneer is good enough for group of 5 adult vegetarians. For your head count, you may go with 600-700 gms of paneer.
     
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    Angela123 Silver IL'ite

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    Thank you!
     

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