Who doesn’t love holidays? I really love this time of year. My favorite part of every holiday is the food I get to share with family and friends. If you need inspiration to plan your menu, these indian fusion holiday dinner menu ideas are perfect for you!

Indian Fusion Holiday Dinner Menu Ideas

Whatever you are celebrating, you’ll find the perfect recipe to suit your needs, and who says it needs to be a holiday to make them? With these recipes, you will be able to throw the holiday party of your dreams Or just a regular food party, because who doesn’t love that?

I have included ideas for all Appetizers and Soups, Entrees and Desserts! All of the recipes are easy to make, tasty, and most are healthy too. Hope you enjoy them!


Roasted cauliflower topped with green cilantro sauce
Air Fryer Cauliflower with Cilantro Yogurt 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.
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Samosa jalapeno poppers in a tray
Cheesy Samosa Jalapeño Poppers
Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers is an Indian twist to the favorite party appetizer. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for the samosa lovers. Don't forget to check out the Halloween inspiration for these jalapeno poppers!
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Crispy Saucy Chilli Chicken piece in chopsticks
Chilli Chicken
Make restaurant-style Chilli Chicken at home with this easy recipe. Crispy and flavorful is how I would describe this Chilli Chicken. Boneless chicken is marinated in flavorful sauces, fried until crispy, this is stir fried with lots of ginger, garlic, onions, bell peppers and sauces.
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Tandoor chicken wings served with lime wedges
Tandoori Chicken Wings
These smoky-flavored Tandoori chicken wings, marinated in Indian spices and yogurt and grilled to perfection, will blow your mind away! The wings are succulent and juicy on the interior and crispy on the outside.
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Dahi Papdi chaat in a green bowl
Easy Dahi Papdi Chaat
A famous Delhi street food, Dahi Papdi Chat, is a crispy sweet, spicy and tangy chaat that packs a whole lot of flavor. Also known as Dilli chaat, this popular street food is made with crispy pooris, sev (thin gram flour noodles), yogurt, and a variety of chutneys. 
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Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven
Savory Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers – Air Fryer
A flaky golden crust with spicy flavorful paneer filling. Perfect appetizer for a party that can be prepared ahead of time. So easy and delicious!  
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Green mint cilantro chutney in a bowl
Mint Cilantro Chutney Recipe (Indian Green Chutney)
A cool, spicy and tangy green chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs and sandwiches.
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Dipping a chip in Avocado cilantro jalapeno crema sauce
Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce (Avocado Crema)
This magical Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce is finger licking delicious. It takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender and is perfect on tacos, burgers, salads, or just as a side with chips and vegetables. 
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Cranberry Ginger Chutney in a bowl
Cranberry Chutney
This Cranberry Chutney is sweet, spicy, and tangy, all at the same time. It is like a flavor burst in your mouth, with the cranberries, apples, orange juice, and spices. Make it in the instant pot or stovetop in just 30 minutes. Enjoy it on a cheese tray, or with your favorite appetizer or sandwich!
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Mushroom tikka in a white plate garnished with chaat masala
Tandoori Mushroom Tikka
Restaurant-style Tandoori Mushroom Tikka is an easy, tasty appetizer to make at home in the air fryer, oven or grill. These Indian gilled mushrooms are full of flavor, thanks to the juicy marinated mushrooms and crunchy vegetables.
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Soups and Sides

Spicy Bombay Potatoes made in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker in a bowl topped with chopped cilantro
Spicy Bombay Potatoes
Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices, as a one-pot dish, 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 stovetop.
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Roasted Air Fryer Brussels sprouts in a white bowl
Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
A delicious side dish of crispy air fryer brussels sprouts. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect side dish.
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pesto orzo salad garnished with basil leaves
Pesto Orzo Salad
Sun Dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella make this Pesto Orzo Salad a summer favorite. It’s fresh, flavorful, and so easy to make! Perfect for a picnic, potluck, or weeknight meal.
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Kala Chana Chaat. Black Chickpea Salad in a bowl with avocado, tomato, onion, mint and lime pieces
Kala Chana Chaat Recipe (Black Chickpea Salad)
A nutrition packed Black Chickpea Salad made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado and spices. This refreshing salad has fresh and tangy flavors, and can be enjoyed as a great protein rich breakfast or snack. 
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Dahi vada chaat with chutneys in small white bowls
Dahi Vada (Dahi Bhalla Chaat)
This favorite Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla recipe has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutneys. This popular Indian street food is loved by all and is a perfect inclusion to any festive menu!
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Sweet corn soup served in two bowls garnished with green onions.
Sweet Corn Soup (Instant Pot & Stovetop)
Easy & comforting Sweet Corn Soup made in the Instant Pot. This lightly spiced Indo-chinese soup is perfect for the cold weather. This is a vegan & gluten free soup!
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vegetable and pasta minestrone soup in a bowl
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
A perfect soup that is a complete meal in itself – beans, loads of veggies and pasta, topped with cheese and a side of bread. This tastes just like the Olive Garden minestrone soup. Vegetarian-friendly and can easily be made gluten-free and vegan.
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carrot soup garnished with cilantro
Instant Pot Carrot Soup with Ginger & Coconut Milk
Delicious Creamy Carrot Soup with ginger & coconut milk made in the instant pot in just 30 minutes. This dump-and-go recipe for Instant Pot Carrot Soup is so easy & makes the most comforting soup! 
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Main Course

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna in Pressure Cooker.
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna
A healthy vegetarian lasagna with lots of fresh spinach, Reese Marinated Artichokes and cheese layered between noodles. Step out of your comfort zone and try this delicious lasagna in the instant pot. 
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Three paneer Kathi roll wraps on a black base
Easy Paneer Frankie (Paneer Kathi Roll)
This Paneer Frankie Roll, also known as Paneer Kathi Rolls, is a popular Indian street food made with flaky flatbread, covered with egg, wrapped with spicy paneer and tangy toppings. Perfect to pack for a grab and go meal, or a special weeknight meal.
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Vegetable Biryani Rice garnished with mint leaves and roasted nuts
Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani
One-pot Vegetable Biryani made in the instant pot, is so easy to cook with the same authentic flavors! Fragrant basmati rice cooked with lots of vegetables, and aromatic whole spices and herbs. This delicious flavorful Veg Biryani ready in less than 30 minutes, and is perfect for a weeknight dinner with a side of raita or for special occasions. 
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Healthy Vegetarian Mexican Rice & Bean Casserole is easy to make and filled with cheesy goodness, along with brown rice and lots of veggies. This is an easy gluten free & vegetarian casserole for a weeknight dinner or your next party!
Healthy Vegetarian Mexican Casserole with Rice & Beans
Healthy Vegetarian Mexican Rice and Bean Casserole is easy to make and filled with cheesy goodness, along with brown rice and lots of veggies. This is an easy gluten free & vegetarian casserole for a weeknight dinner or your next party!
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Paneer Tikka Masala made in Instant Pot served in a bowl with some naan and limes on the side.
Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe in Instant Pot
Paneer Tikka Masala is a flavorful and aromatic curry made with marinated and grilled paneer cubes simmered in a rich onion tomato gravy along with warm spices. This restaurant quality Paneer Tikka Masala is so easy to make in the instant pot, that you will not consider take-out again.
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Chicken Tikka Spaghetti garnished with cilantro in a white bowl
Chicken Tikka Masala Pasta Recipe
Flavorful and aromatic Chicken Tikka Masala Pasta made with marinated tender chicken cooked in a creamy sauce. This delicious fusion pasta is so easy to make in the instant pot or stovetop!
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Tandoori Chicken Air Fryer
Air Fryer Tandoori Chicken
A flavor packed spicy dish from the Indian subcontinent popular all over the world. Chicken is marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, spices and lime juice, then grilled in the air fryer or oven. Low carb and keto friendly. 
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chicken biryani served on a plate garnished with cilantro, onions and lime
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
This Instant Pot Chicken Biryani has fragrant rice cooked with tender juicy chicken along with lots of warming spices and caramelized onions. This Indian chicken and rice dish is popular all over the world. This one-pot version made in a pressure cooker is easy to make even on busy weeknights in less than an hour.
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Instant Pot Salmon Tikka Masala served over basmati rice
Instant Pot Salmon Tikka Masala Recipe {Pressure Cooker}
Tikka masala combines two iconic Indian dishes: makhani and tandoori. It is essentially tandoori-spiced meat in a makhani sauce. And it turns out that making it in the Instant Pot is so much easier and just as tasty as making it on the stove. Salmon holds up to the layers of spice and retains its shape in the sauce. A splash of heavy cream rounds out this sharp and spicy curry.
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banana bread pudding in a plate
Banana Bread pudding
Enjoy this warm, gooey, and delicious banana bread pudding made with ripe bananas, warm cinnamon and raisins. An easy recipe perfect for breakfast, brunch or as a dessert topped with ice-cream.
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Chocolate balls covered in some chopped nuts in a white plate and spread around.
Chocolate Ladoo (Chocolate Almond Truffles)
These Chocolate Ladoos made with almond flour, condensed milk and cocoa are sure to satisfy your cravings for Indian sweets! They take only 20 minutes to make, and can be served as a festive dessert for special occasions, or just a quick weekday treat.
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Sliced chocolate banana bread
Healthy Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Eating clean just got a whole lot better thanks to this Double Chocolate Banana Bread! This recipe is made with whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and avocado oil, making it a healthier way to satisfy those sweet cravings. Decadent, moist, and delicious- a must try recipe for all banana bread lovers!
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Kheer Rice Pudding instant pot
Rice Pudding / Kheer – Instant Pot
An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 
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A piece of Instant Pot Brownie in a plate with ice-cream and chocolate sauce dripping, and the whole brownie cake in the back.
Instant Pot Brownies Recipe
These moist & fudgy Instant Pot brownies are easy to make from scratch. Enjoy with some vanilla ice-cream for a perfect dessert!
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Gulab Jamun shrikhand in a bowl as a pretty dessert
Gulab Jamun Shrikhand Bowls (Indian Fusion Dessert)
An easy Indian fusion festive dessert – Gulab Jamun Shrikhand Bowls. These are easy to put together, yet super flavorful. These mini dessert bowls are a party stunner!
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Indian fusion dessert - Gulab jamun custard jars
Gulab Jamun Custard Jars (Indian Fusion Dessert)
An easy Indian fusion festive dessert – Gulab Jamun Custard Jars. This dessert is layered with goodness of the cookie crumble, creamy cooling custard and sweet gulab jamun's, adorned with slivered pistachios and rose petals. These exotic dessert jars are easy to put together, and are sure to be a party stunner!
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I hope you add these holiday Indian fusion dishes to your menu. Let me know what you are most excited to make, and when you make it, dont forget to tag #pipingpotcurry.

About Meeta

Hi..I’m Meeta. I am a former product specialist by profession, and a foodie at heart. I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need some inspiration to explore the ingredients and create great food. I share simple step-by-step recipes made using instant pot and other gadgets in the modern kitchen. I primarily cook Indian food, but I also love to cook global cuisines such as Italian, Thai, Mexican and more. Enjoy the world of awesome food!

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