Looking for easy Indian Appetizers? Check out these 25+ delectable appetizers. Here you will find a variety of vegetarian and chicken/meat Indian starters for your next party!

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Indian cuisine is among the most delicious and distinctive of any cuisine in the world. While Indian curries are popular worldwide, Indian appetizers are just as delicious and make excellent starters.

Below, you will find a variety of homemade vegan, vegetarian, and meat (non-vegetarian) starters. They are spicy, hearty, and flavorful. Even with the list of spices that usually go in Indian food, these starters are easy to make.

I have also included finger foods in the list below. There are appetizer recipes with paneer, potato, chicken, chaat, and more from North India, South India, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. They are perfect to serve at any party or potluck for a crowd.

Impress your family and guests with mouthwatering Indian appetizers like Spicy Bombay Potatoes, Potato Fritter Sliders, Tandoori Gobi, and more. I hope you enjoy them!

Vegetarian Appetizers

Tandoori Aloo Tikka

Tandoori Aloo Tikka

This delicious appetizer is perfect for serving to a crowd. Baby potatoes marinated in a delightful combination of yogurt and spices are threaded to skewers and cooked to create this heavenly appetizer. You can make this tandoori aloo tikka in the oven or air fryer.

Paneer Puffs

Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven

Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers with a flaky golden crust and spicy, flavorful paneer filling are the perfect appetizers for a party that can be prepared ahead of time. They’re so easy and delicious!

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana vada in a plate with chutney

A vegan snack made from tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, peanuts, herbs and spices. These sabudana vadas are delicious!

Paneer Pakora

delicious Paneer Pakora garnished with chaat masala

Paneer pakora is a popular Indian snack in which soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese) pieces are deep-fried after being coated in a spiced gram flour batter. These paneer fritters have a crispy exterior and a soft interior.

Air Fryer cauliflower with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Air fryer Cauliflower topped with cilantro sauce

This Air Fryer Cauliflower seasoned with spices is so easy to make and amazingly delicious topped with cilantro yogurt sauce. Enjoy as a wonderful low-carb side dish or appetizer.

Spicy Bombay Potatoes

Spicy bombay potatoes in a brown bowl

Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices are perfect to serve as an appetizer or a side dish. These delicious and easy Bombay Potatoes take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Vegan & Gluten-free.


samosa on a plate with chutneys

By Cook with Manali

The most popular Indian appetizer for any party. Here is the recipe for perfect homemade flaky and crispy samosas.

Air Fryer Tandoori Gobi / Cauliflower Tikka Bites

Tandoori Gobi served on a platter with chutney

Air-fried tandoori Gobi or Cauliflower Tikka Bites are great snacks or appetizers. They are healthy, easy, and full of flavor, perfect for entertaining.

Potato Fritter Sliders

Air Fryer Potato Fritter Sliders . Air Fryer Vada Pav

Potato Fritter Sliders is a party twist on the humble Mumbai street food, Vada Pav. A fried potato fritter is stuffed in between dinner rolls or mini burger buns, along with sweet and spicy sauces or chutney.

Dahi Papdi Chaat (Indian Street Food)

Dahi Papdi Chaat in a bowl with chutneys in the side and pomegranate seeds

A famous Delhi street food, Dahi Papdi Chat, is a crispy, sweet, spicy, and tangy chaat that packs a whole lot of flavor.

Gobi Pakora gobi

golden brown cauliflower pakora with green chutney on the side

These golden-brown, crisp Gobi ke pakode are coated in an Indian-spiced gram flour batter. Cauliflower Pakoras make a wonderful appetizer or snack to share when paired with green chutney or ketchup!

Mint Cilantro Chutney

Indian green mint cilantro chutney in a white bowl

A cool, spicy, and tangy green mint cilantro chutney is a must-try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs, and sandwiches. This Indian green sauce is so versatile and can be varied with simple ingredients!

Dahi Vada (Dahi Bhalla Chaat)

Dahi Vada in a large platter

This favorite Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla recipe has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutneys. 

Sev Puri (Indian Street Food)

Sev puri garnished with cilantro and pomegranate seeds on a white plate

A popular Mumbai street food, Sev Puri is a sweet, spicy, and tangy chaat. Sev Puri is made with crispy puri (whole wheat crackers) topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of chutneys and finished with sev (thin gram flour noodles).

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno poppers with tamarind chutney and mint chutney

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers are an Indian fusion party appetizer. They are vegetarian and gluten-free, perfect for samosa lovers.

Baingan Pakora

deep fried baingan pakora in white plate with dips

Eggplant/ baingan pakora is a classic fritter in which thin slices of eggplant are dunked in a spiced gram flour batter and fried till golden. Enjoy this vegan and gluten-free snack any time of the day!

Gujarati Khandvi

Khandvi on a wooden platter topped with a tempering of sesame seeds and garnished with cilantro

These soft, flavorful Khandvi rolls melt in the mouth. They are made with gram flour, tempered with mustard seeds and sesame seeds, and garnished with cilantro and coconut.

Chili Garlic Potatoes

Garlic Chili potatoes in a bowl and chili sauce on the side

Flavorful and easy Garlic Chili Potatoes are a popular Indochinese snack. They are made with steamed potatoes, garlic, chili sauce, and honey, sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy them as an appetizer or side!

Rava Dhokla – Instant Pot & Stovetop

Rava Dhokla (Savory Semolina Cakes) made in the instant pot, served with tempering on a snack plate

Soft and fluffy Rava Dhokla made in the Instant Pot and stovetop. These delicious savory semolina cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or a snack!

Tandoori Paneer Naan Pizza

Tanddori Paneer Naan Pizza Air Fryer Oven

Tandoori Paneer Naan Pizza is a fusion Indian appetizer made with marinated paneer, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Vegetarian, quick, easy and convenient. Vary it with toppings of your choice.

Instant Khaman Dhokla 

Khaman Dhokla garnished with tempering of curry leaves, along with chai and chutney.

These delicious steamed savory chickpea flour cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or a snack!

Kala Chana Chaat

Kala Chana Chaat. Black Chickpea Salad in a bowl with avocado, tomato, onion, mint and lime pieces

Kala Chana Chaat is a nutrition-packed Black Chickpea Salad made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado, and spices. 

Spicy Masala Corn on the Cobb

Spicy grilled corn on the Cobb in a plate with a lime

This grilled spicy Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is so easy to make and so good! Spice it up the way you like, and enjoy it as an appetizer, snack, or side!

Non- Vegetarian Starters

Chicken Tikka Kebab

Chicken Tikka Kebab garnished with onions and green chutney on side

Chicken Tikka Kebab is a delicious appetizer that is packed with flavor. It starts with chicken pieces marinated in yogurt along with lime juice and aromatic spices, then threaded onto skewers and cooked to create a delicious appetizer. Make it in the air fryer or oven to serve at the gathering, or include it in your meal prep for the week! 

Tandoori Chicken Wings

Indian style Tandoori chicken wings served in a platter with a dip and lemon wedges

These smoky Tandoori chicken wings, marinated in Indian spices and yogurt and grilled to perfection, are the perfect appetizer for any party! The wings are succulent and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Chili Chicken

chilli chicken served in a bowl

This is a crispy and flavorful Chili Chicken recipe. Boneless chicken is marinated in Chinese sauces and fried until crispy. It is stir-fried with lots of ginger, garlic, onions, bell peppers, and sauces.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken Air Fryer

Tandoori Chicken is a flavor-packed spicy dish from the Indian subcontinent that is popular all over the world. Chicken is marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, spices, and lemon juice, then grilled in the air fryer or oven.

Chicken 65

Colorful and flavorful Chicken 65 with vibrant spices.

This restaurant-style crispy and spicy Chicken 65 is made by marinating chicken in yogurt, spices, and curry leaves, then deep-frying it to make the best chicken starter!

Shami Kebab

shami kebab in a plate with a dip and some mint leaves for garnish

By Tea for Turmeric

Shami kebabs are tender patties made with beef and chana dal (yellow split peas), dipped in eggs, and pan-fried. They are kid-friendly, naturally gluten-free, and wholesome!

I hope you add these quick and easy Indian Appetizers to your menu.  Let us know which one you’re most excited to make, and share this roundup with your friends. when you make it, don’t forget to tag #pipingpotcurry.

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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