7 Desi Appetizers That Can Be Enjoyed With Vodka Cocktails
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For those who love indulging in cocktails know that vodka plays a major role in most of them. Vodka is a popular choice among all cocktail enthusiasts. Vodka has a clean and smooth taste, and it serves as a drink that has emerged as a medium of experiment for every mixologist to craft a suitable cocktail that accompanies with every alternate palate.

Vodka is a clear distilled spirit that is a symbol of Russian culture and is enjoyed across the world for its versatility and smoothness. It is made with wheat, rye, or potatoes, vodka undergoes a series of processes of fermentation and distillation resulting in a high-proof liquor. Vodka lends a subtle warmness to the cocktails that it goes into. Whether you’re sipping a vodka tonic or a classic vodka martini, the experience of the alcohol is enhanced when paired with ideal desi appetizers. If you’re planning to serve vodka cocktails, then these seven desi appetizers would go perfectly with it.  

  • Veg Pakoras  

If you’re thinking what is the basic appetizer that can perfectly match vodka cocktails, then it's none other than veg pakoras. Veg pakoras are deep-fried fritters made from vegetables such as onions, potatoes or spinach, coated with chickpea flour batter seasoned with spices are a delightful accompaniment to vodka cocktails. 

  • Samosa Chaat  

This is the fusion of two beloved Indian street foods that complement with vodka cocktails. The taste of the crispy samosa, filled with spiced potatoes, offers a smoky flavour that pairs perfectly with the smoothness of vodka. The chaat is upgraded when served with yoghurt, chutney, and crunchy toppings like onions and sev. The harmonious blend of taste and texture balances with the refreshment.  

  • Paneer Tikka  

For every vegetarian delight, paneer tikka takes the top position. Made of paneer which is marinated in a blend of yoghurt and aromatic spices and then grilled to perfection. Paneer tikka has a charred exterior and a soft and creamy inside. The smoky flavour of the paneer tikka perfectly blends with the vodka cocktails. The tangy marinade of the tikka offers a zesty contrast that tantelise the taste buds.  

  • Tandoori Shrimp  

This dish offers a perfect pairing with vodka cocktails. Here the shrimp are marinated in a harmonious blend of yoghurt and aromatic spices which are then cooked to juicy perfection in the intense heat of the tandoor, lending a smoky, charred flavour. The smokiness and spiciness of the tandoor shrimp harmonises with the clean and smooth profile of vodka cocktails.  

  • Papdi Chaat  

Delightful, crispy and  flavourful, papdi chaat is one desi appetizer that has any haters. Here the crispy fried dough wafers are topped with chickpeas, potatoes and yoghurt, and an assortment of spices and chutneys. The dish offers a blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy bursts of flavours which when paired with the smoothness of vodka, enhances the overall experience.  

  • Spicy Peanuts And Masala Cashews  

Whenever you talk about chakna, spicy peanuts, and masala cashews come to mind. This is a simple yet satisfying accompaniment to vodka cocktails. Roasted to perfection the peanuts and cashews are seasoned with a delightful blend of aromatic spices like black salt, cumin, and red chilli powder. The bold flavours of the roasted nuts enhance the taste of clean vodka cocktails.  

  • Bhel Puri  

This is an Indian street food that can be easily made at home. This delightful dish is made of puffed rice, sev diced vegetables, tangy tamarind chutney, and spicy green chutney. It exudes sweet, sour, and spicy notes and the crispness of puffed rice and sev provides a satisfying contrast to the vodka cocktails.