Enjoy an Indian Charcuterie Board - where savory delights like dhokla, and Indian snacks meet spicy green chili achaar, irresistible cocktail samosas, and more! This playful twist on a classic charcuterie board is an explosion of flavors.
Our board is full of sweet and savory delights like Kitchens of India's Sweet Sliced Mango Chutney, homemade dhokla, fafda, and Indian snacks. Spicy green chili achaar and irresistible cocktail samosa add extravaganza. The array of chutneys adds loads of flavor, while crunchy nuts and soft roti add texture. Treats such as soan papdi, and shakkar para satisfy your sweet tooth.
This post is sponsored by Kitchens of India, who provided me with their Sweet Sliced Mango Chutney. A big shoutout to all the supporting brands who make The Simple Sprinkle possible. As always, all opinions shared are my own.
To make an Indian Charcuterie Board you need the following ingredients and products:
- Fafda (Chickpea Flour Crisps)
- Indian Snack Mix such as Chanachur
- Green Chili Achaar
- Cocktail Samosa
- Samosa Filling
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Roti (or naan)
- Banana Chips
- Fresh herbs to garnish the board (eg cilantro or mint)
Chutneys, Dips, and Sauces
- Mango Chutney (we used Kitchens of India's Sweet Sliced Mango Chutney)
- Mint Chutney
- Kadhi Chutney
- Samosa Dipping Sauce
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
👩🏽🍳 How To Make An Indian Charcuterie Board
Let's talk about how to create the best Indian Charcuterie Board. First and foremost, it's essential to plan out your board.
- Variety is key: It is important that you select a diverse range of ingredients to showcase different flavors, textures, and colors. We like to showcase a variety of sweet and savory that also go well mixed together, so make sure to incorporate vegan Indian sweets.
- Shopping and prepping: Make a list with all the ingredients and items you need and research where you can get them. For example the Indian supermarket nearby, or online. For example, Kitchens of India sells a wide variety of authentic Indian food products through their Amazon store! Once you have everything start preparing any food items you make from scratch ahead of time.
- Base and accompaniments: Arrange crispy and carb-focused elements like crackers, roti, samosa, and snack mixes as the foundation. Also, add tangy chutneys and dips to complement these main components.
- Fruits, vegetables, and nuts: Include fruits and vegetables like green chili, sliced mangoes, grapes, or pomegranate seeds. Scatter a selection of nuts throughout the board.
- Garnishes: Fresh herbs, such as cilantro or mint leaves add color and freshness to your arranged items.
- Presentation: Arrange the ingredients either on a large platter, table, or board. Additionally, use separate bowls for chutneys and dips.
- Serve and enjoy: Encourage your guests to sample and explore the flavors and make sure to provide small plates, napkins, and utensils for easy serving. Have fun and enjoy the wonderful flavors and the culinary journey!
While the board we present in the recipe card is a fantastic combination, you may want to customize it to suit your personal taste and accommodate the dietary needs of your guests. For inspiration on substitutions and variations, refer to the sections below.
Are you looking for substitutions or quicker alternatives? We got you!
- Dhokla - Replace with steamed or baked vegan chickpea flour cakes or steamed dumplings made with a combination of lentils and rice.
- Fafda (Chickpea Flour Crisps) - Other vegan chickpea flour snacks or crackers available in stores or made at home make a great substituion.
- Indian Snack Mix (Chanachur) - There are many different Indian snack mixes to choose from, so find one that suits your taste and needs. Alternatively, create your own mix!
- Nuts - If you are allergic to nuts, you can skip these or serve them separately from the rest of the board. Make sure when purchasing any Indian food items they don't contain nuts.
- Roti - Substitute with another flatbread such as naan or paratha.
- Sweets, Dips, and Chutneys - Any of the sweets or chutneys and dips can be swapped for something else. Read our variation ideas below.
Remember, substitutions will bring their own unique flavors and textures to the table! Enjoy exploring different variations and discovering your favorite twist on our Indian charcuterie board recipe.
There are many delicious Indian food items to explore and serve with an Indian charcuterie board! Here are a few more delightful ideas to play around with:
- Vegetable Pakoras: Crispy fritters made with a variety of vegetables, such as onions, spinach, and potatoes.
- Tofu Tikka: Marinated and grilled tofu cubes with a blend of Indian spices.
- Masala Paniyaram: Savory rice and lentil dumplings.
- Papdi Chaat: Crispy flour crackers topped with tangy chutneys, yogurt (vegan alternatives available), and spices.
- Coconut Burfi: A sweet treat made with shredded coconut, sugar, and flavored with cardamom.
- Jalebi: Deep-fried pretzel-shaped sweets soaked in sugar syrup.
- Vegan Gulab Jamun: Soft and spongy dumplings made with almond flour or coconut flour, soaked in rose-flavored syrup.
- Coconut Chutney: A creamy and flavorful chutney made with coconut, green chilies, and spices.
- Coriander Chutney: Vibrant and zesty chutney, made with fresh coriander leaves, green chilies, lemon juice, and spices.
- Tamarind Chutney: A sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind pulp, sugar, and spices.
- Raita: An Indian condiment made with yogurt. It is mixed with various ingredients like cucumbers, onions, herbs, and spices, which creates a cool and creamy side dish or dip. While it is usually made with dairy yogurt, you can make it vegan using a plant-based yogurt alternative.
- Jackfruit Curry Bites: Seasoned and cooked pieces of jackfruit simmered in a flavorful curry sauce, offering a delicious "meaty" addition.
These are just some more ideas, feel free to mix and match these flavor variations and play with the recipe. Experimenting with different ingredients and flavors is part of the fun of creating your own Indian charcuterie board!
To prepare the vegan Indian Charcuterie Board, you'll need a few kitchen essentials and equipment. Such as a large serving platter, table or board is essential for arranging and presenting the various ingredients attractively.
Small bowls or compartments are useful for holding chutneys, dips, sauces, and individual items like the green chili achaar. You also need serving utensils such as spoons or tongs to handle and serve the different components of the board. Many charcuterie board sets have all the essentials you need in one box!
A knife or scissors may be required to cut the dhokla, soan papdi, or other items into bite-sized pieces. Keep in mind, if you are making anything from scratch, you might need additional kitchen equipment.
These items help you in arranging the ingredients in an organized and visually appealing manner They allow everyone easy access and serving to the board!
Keeping the charcuterie board out for no longer than two hours is recommended. After that, perishable items may start to spoil if not properly refrigerated. To ensure food safety, it's best to serve the board in smaller portions and replenish it as needed, keeping the rest refrigerated until ready to serve more.
If you end up having any leftovers start by removing any perishable items, such as the cocktail samosas, dhokla, or roti, from the board. Store them in airtight containers and place them in the fridge.
Cover the remaining components, such as the chutneys, dips, nuts, and non-perishable snacks like shakkar para or banana chips, with plastic wrap or transfer them to airtight containers. Refrigerate them as well.
Leftovers from the charcuterie board should be consumed within a few days to ensure freshness and quality. Pay attention to the expiry dates of any store-bought items and discard them if expired. Always use your judgment and adhere to food safety guidelines to prevent any risk of foodborne illness.
💭 Recipe FAQ
An Indian charcuterie board is a delightful presentation of various Indian snacks, sweets, mouthwatering chutneys, and dips. All beautifully arranged on a platter, table, or board, inviting you to indulge!
Absolutely! You can create a gluten-free Indian charcuterie board by choosing gluten-free alternatives for bread or flatbreads, and ensuring that the snacks, chutneys, and dips you select are gluten-free or have suitable substitutes.
With a few adjustments, you can enjoy a delicious gluten-free Indian charcuterie board that suits your dietary needs.
A charcuterie board can be left out at room temperature for up to two hours to ensure food safety and maintain the freshness of the ingredients. After that, it's time to bid farewell and refrigerate any leftovers.
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Indian Charcuterie Board
- 24 pieces of dhokla
- 2 cups fafda (chickpea flour chips)
- 2 cups Indian snack mix (eg: chanachur)
- ¼ cup green chili achaar
- 12 cocktail samosa
- 2 cups samosa filling
- 1 cup nuts assorted
- 1 cup roasted chickpeas
- 6 roti (vegan-friendly flatbread)
- 1 cup banana chips
- optional: any fresh herbs to garnish the board (eg cilantro, or mint)
- 8 pieces of soan papdi (rose flavored or any variant you prefer)
- 1 cup shakkar para
- 6 chocolate samosa
- 10 dates
- 1 pounds grapes
Chutneys, dips and sauces
- ¼ cup mango chutney (we used Kitchens of India's Sweet Sliced Mango Chutney)
- ¼ cup mint chutney
- ¼ cup kadhi chutney
- ¼ cup samosa dipping sauce
Prepare the savory items:
- Steam or prepare any items you are making from scratch according to the recipe or package instructions, and cut them into bite-sized pieces if needed.
- Arrange fafda (chickpea flour chips) and Indian snack mix (Chanachur) in small bowls or compartments on the board.
- Place green chili achaar in a small bowl or plate for dipping. Fill small bowls with a variety of nuts, roasted chickpeas, and banana chips. Alternatively, scatter them around the board. Place the roti on a plate and add to the side.
- Prepare cocktail samosas shortly before serving, so they are still warm, and arrange them on the board. We like to serve the samosa filling on its own on a plate or bowl as well.
Assemble the sweet treats:
- Arrange pieces of soan papdi, shakkar para, and freshly made chocolate samosas on the board. Ideally, the samosas are prepared and heated shortly before serving.
- Place whole dates and clusters of grapes around the board.
Add chutneys, dips, and sauces:
- Place mango chutney, mint chutney, kadhi chutney, and any other dipping sauces in separate bowls or compartments on the board.
Garnish and serve:
- Sprinkle some fresh mint leaves or cilantro over the board for garnish, if desired. Serve the Indian Charcuterie Board as an appetizer or snack, and provide small plates, napkins, and utensils for easy serving and enjoyment.
- Keep the charcuterie board out for a maximum of two hours, and remove perishable items (such as cocktail samosas, dhokla, roti, chutney, and dips.) in time from the board to prevent spoilage. Store perishable items in airtight containers in the fridge.
- Serve board in smaller portions and replenish as needed and keep the rest refrigerated until ready to serve more.
- Cover remaining components (such as nuts, and non-perishable snacks) with plastic wrap or transfer to airtight containers.
- Consume leftovers within a few days, check expiry dates, and discard any spoiled store-bought items.
The provided nutritional information is an estimate. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
For food safety see guidelines at USDA.gov.